I'm really enjoying the cooler days and nights of September. I am not a hot-weather person.
I can hardly believe, however, that the summer of 2011 is just a memory; but, oh, what a memory for our family.
It all started back in May with a bridal shower for our granddaughter, Emily, followed by her graduation from College of St. Rose in Albany, followed by her sister and husband, Hannah and Chris, receiving their law degrees from Hofstra University on Long Island, followed by their younger brother, Joshua, graduating from Brushton-Moira High School.
As if that weren't reason enough to hold a party, their parents, Tracey and Randy McAdam, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June, threw a graduation party for Josh, followed by Emily's wedding to Jared Montroy in August. Add to all this excitement our daughter, Carrie and husband, Rick, driving home (2,000 miles) from Colorado for the wedding, with six of our grandchildren and three of their friends, and you can see how our summer has flown by; but, we loved it all.
That's what good memories should be about — family and friends. Even though, back in May, we didn't know how we were going to make it through the summer without collapsing.
Our Emily was such a beautiful bride, as all brides are, but we are just a little prejudice. All our grandchildren are an amazement to us, from the friends they choose to the life path they walk.
It was fun to have Carrie's son, Jesse, all 6-feet-3-inches of him at 18, stand in front of the growth chart we have kept and see how he was once just a little guy.
Before they all came, we bought 14 boxes of cereal. We have four left. We also bought a tent, badminton game, water slide and games including a wooden puzzle for Grayson, who is 4. Each picture has a wooden piece that, when you pick it up, makes the sound of the picture, such as a siren for a fire truck or a horn blowing for a boat.