Papa Beeson

My dad is quite simply the best. I got this picture of him this morning while he was pointing out some ants on a tree while walking back from the meadow with my girls. RMB Ruby Clara 051913 1

Ruby and Clara love their Papa. I’m thankful they have grandparents who love them enough to stop along the way for teachable moments.

Here are a few more things he talked to them about as we walked:

  • he showed them a path through the meadow where the deer have worn down the grass and dirt from walking the same route so often
  • he took them all the way to the back corner of the meadow to find a honeysuckle bush blooming with sweet-smelling flowers they could pick to take back home for Grammy
  • he encouraged them as the went “up, up, up” and “down, down, down” the grassy hill.
  • he pointed out little white butterflies to chase as they flew up from underfoot
  • he answered questions about which path was the one back to Grammy and Papa’s house and which paths went other places
  • he helped Ruby stay on the path so she wouldn’t get poison ivy
  • he explained why we wear bug spray on our socks when we’re in the woods

Theres a lot to learn, and I’m so happy that my dad imparts wisdom along the way.

Buckets of Treasures and Piles of Pumpkins

We started vacation off right – exploring Grammy and Papa’s woods. My mom got Ruby and Lydia special buckets to collect all their “treasures” and all week-long those girls found leaves, acorns, pinecones, rocks, and other treasures to fill those buckets.

Clara is crazy for cats. She squealed and screamed with excitement every time Kitty came within view of the house. The feeling was not mutual.

Ruby and Lydia wore these princess dresses over their clothes most days. They would sit in the windowsill and watch their daddy and uncles outside. I love that these little cousins love each other so much.

Ryan’s shorts and boots were a highlight of the trip for me.

Later that day, we went to the pumpkin patch. Angela, John, Lydia and Norah win the prize for best family photo by the pumpkin. Lydia’s cute face peeking out and Norah giving the stare-down. So great.

My dad is the photographer extraordinaire who can be credited with any and all good pics I post over the next few days. You can see a lot more of his photography and read his words of wisdom over on his blog www.markbeeson.com.

In closing, as is typical when Ryan, Aaron and John are together, the grill was hot and the wings were too!