On Tuesday, July 28th I became a great aunt again! My niece, Melanie, gave birth to a beautiful little boy she named Isaiah. This is her third child…all boys…but it’s almost like starting from scratch as her two older boys are 15 and 20.
I was so happy that we were in the area (she lives in Milwaukee) so I was able to visit both mama and baby at the hospital on Friday. I was even lucky enough that my brother John was at the hospital as well so I got a chance to visit all three at the same time.
Baby Isaiah slept in his Grandpas arms for most of my visit and then continued his slumber in his mama’s arms when Grandpa’s arms were ready to fall off.
On Saturday, my sister Janice had a birthday party to celebrate her 65th year on this planet. She had a great turnout! We had 4 of the 6 of our siblings there, our mom’s sister Nancy and her husband came up from Arkansas and brought their youngest daughter, Heather. Their son Jason and his wife Lori came from Indiana. Our son Dan & his family made the trip from Dodgeville. Several of our cousins made it too. And of course 3 of Janice’s 5 children were there along with several of her grandchildren and her husbands family as well.
Janice and her husband Mike put on quite the spread – brats, burgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage, tuna salad, potato salad, German potato salad, baked beans, veggies, cupcakes, cakes… Then there were all the dishes that the guests brought to share – taco salad, 7-layer salad, deviled eggs, pasta salad, pickle wraps, brownies, Snicker Apple Salad, Smoked ribs. Oh my gosh…it was wonderful!
We did lots of visiting while others played in the water or on the beach. There was a playground nearby for the kids to play at too.
People came and went throughout the day. Michael and I along with my brother John and our cousin Jeannette were the last to leave about 6:30 pm. We’d had such a nice time it was hard to call it a day.
Today Michael was able to use his brand new macerator pump, a Flojet 18555000A. We’d put off buying one for quite a while but with our upcoming stay at Dan and Amanda’s we decided to bite the bullet. We probably won’t use it real often but it will come in quite handy when we have occasion to use it.
After the park cleared out shortly after noon Michael went out and hooked up the pump and ran a hose to the sewer dump which is about 120 feet away. He turned the pump on and we were in business. Since the waste water dumps through a garden hose it’s a bit slower process but the whole process only took about 1/2 an hour or so. Pretty cool.
I tried a new recipe for dinner…Beef Bundles. They were pretty darn easy to make and quite tasty and we both decided that they were a ‘do again’ dish.