Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Grammy and Papa decided to travel from Indy for an over-nighter this past weekend.  The occasion?  Their 44th wedding anniversary and my dad's 75th birthday.   How blessed are we that they come to us for these special events!  Lucy got some quality time with Grammy and Papa and we all thoroughly enjoyed the visit.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Love Abounds in Attica

We had a wonderful time this past weekend in Western New York for the annual Barnes' Family Reunion.  Since Brian comes from such a big family, it was a time for many relatives to meet Lucy for the first time.   What a joy-filled and special occasion it was!  As some of you may know, the reunion isn't just a one day event.  No, No...the Barnes know how to do it up right!  It starts off Friday night at the Legion for the fish fry.  Saturday is the all-day "official" reunion at the Attica Park.  Sunday everyone gathers at Brian's parent's house for another day of eating, drinking, singing, talking and laughing.  The weather could not have been more perfect, marked by low humidity, cool evenings with bonfires, and even a need for jeans sometimes during the day. Western New York in August is fabulous!   Brian's folks live on a 100+ acre farm, so Lucy loved going on golf cart rides to explore the farm, or just hanging out with the cousins, the cows or the barn cats.  Thanks to the entire Barnes' clan for showing Lucy so much love. I married into one fantastic family! 
(Note:  Sorry for the abundance of posted photos... I took 160, so it was hard to narrow them down!)
Lucy with her cousin Colleen... they become BFF's this weekend. 

Aunt Maureen, Aunt Bridgey and Tom
 The first official Walter Barnes family photo that includes Lucy!
Brian, Lucy  and Aunt Bridgey
Aunt Bridgey having fun with Lucy at the park.
Lucy with cousin Colleen...cooling off at the pool.
Lucy and Grandma Barnes
Lucy loved hanging out on the swings with cousins Will, Izzie (her other BFF's for the weekend) and Colleen.
Colleen and Lucy
More cousins.....
Lucy loved exploring the farm.  Thanks to Izzie for taking my camera and capturing such great photos!

Uncle Timmy, Aunt Pebbie, Aunt Bridgey and Joe

Lucy with cousin Claire

Cousins Macayla and Brandon
exploring the farm...
Brian and Uncle Timmy

Uncle Mark and Aunt Maureen

Cousins Kathleen and Bernie with Aunt MaryAnne
Hanging out with Aunt Bridgey and Dada on the swing...

Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Bridgey

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Aquatic Adventure

Yesterday, Lucy and I had an enjoyable morning out at the Newport Aquarium.  She loved it and was running all over the place squeaking and clapping....her excitement was too cute!  Her favorite, it seemed, was the jellyfish.  I took a particular fascination with the sharks.  You can see from the photo how close we got to them.  We met another Lucy while there, also from China.  She was "5 and 3/4'ers" she told me.  Her dad and I enjoyed a lovely talk about our girls and their home country.
Even though it was a scorching hot day, Lucy and I enjoyed a walk on the riverfront after our Aquarium excursion.  She loved watching the boats go by.  Life is good!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

More Visitors!

Lucy had a great time with Grandma and Grandpa Barnes this week.   They hadn't seen her since February so it was fun for them to see her walking and talking.  Lucy has a big week coming up, as we will be heading home (that is, Brian's home in Western NY/Buffalo area) for the annual Barnes' reunion.  We are all so excited as Lucy is going to get to meet a lot of her family for the first time.  Photos to follow next week....

The pictures below were taken this morning by Brian.  We have absolutely perfect weather this weekend (low 80s, no humidity) so Lucy and Dada took full advantage, having fun together on the back deck....