Monday, July 20, 2009

The month of July....

has been a crazy busy time for the Gleasons! At the beginning of the month, we traveled to Long Island, New York to visit these great kids, our son Michael and his sweet wife, Jackie.....Our daughter Michelle, from New Jersey, came out to join us one day for a winery tour which was fun and informativeWe love spending time with our kids but we don't get a chance to do that often enough. We treasure sitting and discussing important issues or very silly ones and just have a totally good time.We even got to catch a Long Island Ducks baseball game which was loads of funThey play in a beautiful ballpark and the game was exciting. Unfortunately, someone had to make a new friend.....
We came home from that trip and had a week to catch up a bit and then we left last Wednesday for Eric and Jane's in Maryland. They asked if we would come for a few days and help out with Charlie while Eric traveled to Seattle on business. We were thrilled to be able to go and play with our sweet grandson! Before we arrived at their house, we took a little side trip to Leesburg, Virginia so that I could make a visit to one of my favorite shops, The Cottage.





Such lovely things to see in every corner of every room! If only I had an unlimited budget. I was hoping to get another vintage suitcase to add to my stack but I just couldn't find the right piece this time. Aren't all of the pillows gorgeous? When we left The Cottage, we drove to White's Ferry to ride across to Maryland.
Then, on to Charlie's! We stuffed a lot of giggling, hugging & kissing, book reading, running in the yard and going to the park into those few days....and Marie, I even got to go to a HomeGoods store-YAY!It's hard to say who was more exhausted.... That kind of brings you up to date on our family happenings.

I have also been busy in July on a number of projects and the biggest of these was the three-way swap I showed peeks of in my last post. When we arrived home from our trip, these packages were waiting for me....


In my next post I will show you the amazing contents of these 2 boxes. You will be astounded! I certainly was!

Be back soon.....

11 comments:

Bev said...

It's always fun to travel, especially when you get to stop at your favorite stores! Just remember, you will have to find a suitcase big enough to fit me in! Can't wait to see what's in those boxes....

LaurieStar said...

Joyce! I have missed you. Glad to see you back in the blogosphere! :) Thank you for that head's up about the PaperTrey Ink Stamps. I hadn't seen those yet, and I think I am going to have to order them! I think they would be so cute. Of course, anything with buttons is cute to me!
I love all your vacation photos. How wonderful that you got to see both your son and daughter and just hang out. And then to have packages waiting too - bliss! :)

LaurieStar said...

PS - Can I go shopping with you at "Cottage" next time you go? :)

SweetBellaBug said...

I just LOVE the picture of Charlie through the playground tunnel!! It's awesome!!

Can't wait to see what is in those boxes!!!

Glad you are home!
xoxoxoxxo
~Bethanie

marie said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time ~ I'm so glad you got to visit with your family. Nothing better than that!

I'm still hoping to visit Leesburg this year maybe in the fall. Loved the pillows ~ and speaking of...I mailed one today! : )

Charlie is the sweetest little guy ~ my favorite photo is the one in the swing. What a sweet look on his face!! He looks so happy.

I can't wait to see what you got in those packages. What a treat to have them waiting for you when you got home.

PS - so....did you find any goodies at HomeGoods?

fullofbliss said...

It certainly looks like you had a fun filled, wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing that fantastic shop. What a great place. Your little grandson is just so darling. I love the picture of him asleep on the sofa with grandpa...oh so sweet!!!

I am so happy your packages were waiting for you when you returned. That must have made coming home a little bit better. I am so glad that you enjoyed everything. It was such a fun time and I am looking forward to the next one!

XOXO~Bekah

Viv (VivLyn) said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time! You have a very nice looking family and little Charlie...what a little doll!!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Ohhh how fun to see pics of your other children. So far I'd only seen Charlie's mom and dad. Beautiful...every one!
Thanks for sharing all the fun times with us, but especially for the 'Charlie photos'. Those are my favorite kinds. : )

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Looks like you had lots of fun with family and visting all the best places... charlie is SO cute, and the rest of your family is beautiful!

xo Heather

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Just popping back by to say thanks for your kind compliments about the Studio. I hope you read the part about it being "our little secret" that my studio does not look like that when I'm in the thick of creating. Ha-ha! : )

deb said...

Didn't get a chance to look everything over earlier today. That Charlie's smile melts the heart, doesn't it? What a cutie he is. How nice that you were able to do so much visiting!

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