We had another whirlwind weekend of traveling! My good friend Dawn who I have known since middle school invited us to her daughter's 18th birthday celebration. There was no way I could say no! Erin is my Goddaughter and when she was born prematurely we weren't sure she would survive. Dawn was to be a bridesmaid in my wedding on May 28th. On May 6th she started seizuring in the middle of the night and fell out of bed, her husband heard her hit the floor and they rushed her to the ER. She had undiagnosed preclampsia and they had to do an emergency c-section to save her and Erin's life. For weeks Erin struggled to survive and when she finally came home it was with heart and breathing monitors. Dawn was a young mom and it was an overwhelming experience to say the least. Good friend that she is she still stood as a bridesmaid in our wedding. Something I had certainly not expected her to do! Erin is a fighter and turning 18 was a milestone I was not going to miss, no matter how far the drive :-)
They live in an old Farmhouse with lots of land and the kids had a blast while they were there. So much room to run and play and explore! On the way there on the country back roads we spotted a baby red fox
Kathleen quickly found friends to play with, here she is with Brooke.
They also had a tire swing and this was the first time the girls had been on one. Can't be in the country without a tire swing now...right? LOL Jerry tested it out to be sure it would hold them (or so he said...lol)
This picture is of Hayley, Destiny and Ashley. Destiny is also 10 years old like Hayley and look at the difference in their height! Hayley looks like a teenager! Ashley is the daughter of our good friend Chip who got Jerry and I together. She calls me Aunt Jill and I consider her my niece. Watched her grow up as well and her and I share the same birthday! Chip jokes that I had a hand in that somehow so he wouldn't ever forget my birthday! LOL
This is Jerry and Chip being silly! Friends for life for sure!
Hayley....always looking out and caring for the little ones!
Happy 18th birthday my sweet Erin!!!
Dawn and I :-)
Here is a picture of mine and Dawn's youngest! Kathleen 6 years old and Josh 16 years old! Where does the time go?
Of course it just wouldn't be a party without a fire and some smores!
There were some intriguing old barns on their property as well.
After the party we spent some time at my mom's before leaving the next day to head home. I took Bella for a walk in the yard and she was fascinated by the deer statue. My parents have had this in their yard since I was little! Been moved a few times, but still hanging in there!
The girls had a fun time picking flowers for their Nana!
If you haven't already you can visit my mom here She is new to blogging and is enjoying meeting new people! :-)
Kathleen was being such a great little sister and giving Hayley a massage!
We had a great, but busy weekend! Today Jerry and Hayley are off on a school camping trip so Kathleen and I have 2 days together. I have started with a cough and feeling blah though... hopefully it clears up soon because I am way too busy to be sick! LOL
I am also taking pictures for the 10 on 10 link up today so I will post those later on. Trying to wrap up some school work so I can enjoy the weekend :-)
Have a beautiful day!!