Saturday, July 2, 2016

Biggest Brother is home..........




 






Mr. 22 arrived home yesterday and it has been a fun 28 hours so far.  Yesterday he went to PT with us to watch Little Buddy, and last night we went out for pizza.  Today we went to the beach and in the pool.  Little Buddy is beside himself and told his oldest brother he could never go away again, ever!  I feel the same way even though I know he will go back to Ohio just as he should.  He has his degree to finish, a new lobbyist  internship to start and a darling girlfriend he adores.  Oh to be 22 again and have your whole life in front of you, of course there is always fear in how you will succeed in your life, but for now I think his life is pretty darn good.  

Little Buddy has so much fun with Mr. 22.  He adores him.  He really loves Mr. 19 too of course, but as we know Mr. 19 is quieter and very steady, Mr. 22 is like a wild ride at an amusement park.   Little One needs both of them in his life and they have both stepped up and loved this little boy of ours, which makes me so proud of  them.  They play with him and take care of him.  Mr. 22 has to do it in limited time, only when he is home so he really tries to spend time with Little Buddy when he can.  Mr. 19 is leaving for college in August, he will only be 2 1/2 hours away so we will see him more often than my son who lives in Ohio.  Little Buddy will need those visits so he can still feel connected.  I am so blessed to have these wonderful boys of mine, that includes Max too of course!  

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Tomorrow Mr. 22 leaves for a short camping trip with his oldest friends, Mr. 19 arrives home from Indiana where he is visiting his girlfriend.  I plan on catching my breath before I work Tuesday-Friday next week.  There will be pool time with Little Buddy and hopefully a bit of knitting.  Have a great weekend.

72 comments:

Dee said...

Sounds like you are having a PERFECT July 4th weekend. So glad all of your boys can be together this weekend.

Hugs,
DK

Karen said...

How wonderful for LB to have these young men in his life! For all of them, it's so special. Those moments that they're home are precious indeed. It's so hard when they live far away, but they have to lead their own lives (that's what I keep telling myself about my son:) But the reunions are wonderful! Have a happy 4th, Meredith!!

Araignee said...

It's so nice to have your children come home for a visit. I haven't seen my Mr. 36 in ages. I guess I'm going to have to get up to Michigan to see him. Road trip!

Teresa Hennes said...

Little Buddy looks like he is in Heaven! What a little water boy is he! Bet that is good for his muscles, etc. It sounds like a perfect weekend for all of you.

linda said...

Enjoy your weekend with your boys Meredith and relax! :) xx

kathyinozarks said...

You have an awesome family-hugs the photos tell it all

Claudia said...

These photos are so wonderful! Don and I loved seeing them.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dearest sister! I love you. We love you.

xo
Claudia

AnnieOBTextiles said...

Beautiful pictures of your gorgeous boys. Happy 4th of July.

Bridget said...

These pictures are great - looks like Mr. 22 is having as good a time as Little Buddy.

Have a wonderful holiday, and give Max a bunch of kisses from me.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Look at Z Man go! What a brave boy he is to swim with his head underwater. It's such a beautiful thing to see how Little B truly is a part of the family and has such wonderful role models caring for and guiding him. Bless you all!

kristieinbc said...

These pictures of Little Buddy and Mr. 22 are precious, Meredith! And look at Little Buddy swimming in the pool! I bet that pleases Mr. 22. You have raised outstanding sons. :-)

kathy b said...

Lil buddy is a FISH! I love the photos of him swimming to MR 22. The back and forth of college left me very emotional. I just said to Fireman I love that our kids are Done with that. I like them on work schedules not school schedules.
Enjoy some knitting today!
ENjoy all your sons
I know you do!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Meredith!

Anonymous said...

Word is out, it is your birthday! Have a beautiful day!! Doris from CT

Sue from Oz said...

Such gorgeous boys,Meredith.....enjoy....and a VERY Happy ( belated) Birthday to sweet and not-so-little - now Buddy!!! xx

Ellen D. said...

Happy Birthday! Best wishes for a splendid year! I enjoy your blog very much (and your sister's blog, too!)

kim said...

Just popping over from Claudia's blog to wish you a very happy birthday. May your day be filled with all of your favorite things!

Janet said...

Happy birthday Meredith, I hope you have a wonderful day, you deserve it. It's lovely that you have all your boys with you, even if only for a limited time. Mr 22 and Mr 19 sound as loving and caring with Little Buddy as you are, no wonder you're proud of them.
Love Janet xxx

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What wonderful photos, filled with Joy and Love! So happy you will have your boys home. Happy Birthday my sweet friend. Big Hugs and much love!!

Linda

Sylvia said...

Claudia shared with us that it's your special day today – Happy Birthday, Meredith!

Mac n' Janet said...

The pictures say it all, such joy.

Vera said...

What great picturea Meredith. Looks like a perfect weekend. Happy Birthday!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Meredith. Enjoy your wonderful family. Kathy

Witchknit said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! and Many, Many More. First I read your blog then I headed over to your sister's blog as I always do. So I couldn't not come back to yours just to send good wishes your way. Enjoy the time with the boys (even the furry one).

Donnamae said...

Just popping over from Claudia's, to wish you a Happy Birthday! And while I was here...I was reading all about Little Buddy, and the 2 Mr.'s! Sounds like a lovely family you have there! Wishing you many blessings! ;)

NE/ME said...

Love your post about the brothers!! So sweet! Wishing you a special and very Happy Birthday!! Have a wonderful year ahead!

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are very nice. Clearly there is love shared in this family. Claudia has so kindly informed us that it is your birthday, so on that note, "Happy Birthday" and best wishes for many more. My sister and I are 8 years apart and I agree - it's all just numbers. Age and years difference change nothing. Happy 4th also! Ranee (MN)

Ann said...

Claudia said you are greeting another year. Happy Birthday and blessings on you and your beautiful family.

Janie F. said...

Happy Birthday Meredith! I am a faithful reader of Claudia's blog and always enjoy when she posts about her family. I have two sisters also and well understand the connection of sisters. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

busybusybeejay said...

happy birthday.Lovely photos filled with love.

Beverly said...

Happy Birthday and enjoy your boys! I know they all love there mom.♥

Anonymous said...

Have a great birthday! Sounds like a wonderful day!

Debbie Darlington said...

Happy birthday to you! I read your sister's blog. You're blessed to have each other!

Sherry said...

Jumped over from Claudia's to wish you the happiest of birthdays !!!

Janet Miller said...

Happiest of birthdays from a new friend, courtesy of your sister's blog. And have a wonderful Summer - with ALL the boys in your llfe! 🎂

Lyn Morrissey said...

I visit Claudia's blog and yours very often but seldom comment.
Today I will send you a big Happy Birthday wish for good health,good fortune, lots of laughter in the year to come. You deserve it!

Ryan....moved said...

Happy Birthday, Mere! Hope it's a great one!

Mary said...

I read Claudia's blog, I heard it was your birthday...So Happy Birthday.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! What a lovely family you have.

Anonymous said...

don't know how it happened, but happily found your sister's blog a while back and now i can enjoy yours, too. :)

and what a wonderful first post to read ... the bonds between your three sons are heart-warming!

happy days to all of you ... and happy birthday to you, meredith.


kathy in iowa
(anonymous because i don't have a blog)

brsmaryland said...

Looks like a great birthday weekend for you...enjoy!!
hugs,
Beth

Teresa Kasner said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* dear Meredith! I hope you have a fabulous year ahead. I adored the photos of your oldest with LB.. what a wonderful brother. I can tell that he's going to be a great father some day. You're so lucky to have the ocean so nearby. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

LauraC said...

Claudia sent me over from her blog. Happy birthday to a great sister!

Nancy Blue Moon said...

I'm back again from Claudia's blog..this time to wish you a very happy birthday Meredith..seeing these pictures makes me smile..Have a fun day with your wonderful family..You know everyone adores the little guy! Nancy

Karen said...

I'm back with another comment, to say HaPpy BiRtHDaY!!! I hope that all of your wishes come true! Big hugs to you, Meredith!

20 North Ora said...

I'm sure LB enjoyed having his older brother around for a few days - as well as his Mom and Dad.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEREDITH!! Hope you have a great day.

Judy

Jennifer Hays said...

Happy birthday, Meredith! I hope you have a wonderful day. It's so nice to see your biggest and your littlest having a good time together. I think it's wonderful that your boys are all close to each other and that you can see them often, even though they're away at school or soon will be. Hope you have a happy holiday weekend and a good week ahead.

mamasmercantile said...

You certainly kept that one quiet, hope you had a wonderful birthday and a lovely catch up with your sons. Beautiful photos of Little Buddy with his adoring big brother. Enjoy your 4th July celebration.

tana50 said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Have a great day with your family this holiday weekend and enjoy the 4th.

Jo said...

You sound so full of beans and very happy with your family all around you. Have a great weekend. jo x

CJ said...

What a wonderful big brother he is. A young man to be very proud of, that's for sure. I hope you all have a lovely time together while he's back, and that he has a great time camping. Wishing you a good July 4th. CJ xx

Betsy said...

Happy Birthday Sweet, Sweet Meredith! I'm so glad you got to spend it with your family. These photos are just precious. The love just flows from them. You are very blessed to have boys that have welcomed Little "B" into your family with those hugely opened arms. And they had to have learned that somewhere. You!!!!! and your husband of course. Enjoy your weekend and get lots of hugs and kisses yourself. Us Moms need them too! Love and blessings to you my sweet friend.
Betsy

Sue Carr said...

Claudia let the cat out of the bag and I'm here to wish you a Happy Birthday too! I'm sure the guys are adding to the festivities and I hope your birthday is the happiest ever!!

Becky L. said...

So fun to have your son home for awhile and spoiling Buddy! Fun times and I'm sure you enjoy it as well. Always hard to see them leave though. I can't wait for our beach trip coming up mid month. I love it over there! Your beach looks warm, compared to Oregon where the water is about 52 degrees all year round. Happy 4th of July weekend to you, my friend! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y , M E R E D I T H....take care, sally

Jan said...

Hi Meredith, I just popped over from Claudia's blog to wish you a Happy Birthday! I hope you have a truly wonderful day.

JanL said...

Love the joy that radiates from these pictures. how wonderful to have Mr. 22 home to entertain LB for a bit.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hoping it starts another awesome year.

Jan

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

Happy Birthday, Meredith!! Hope you had a wonderful day! Little Buddy is really doing well in the pool!! Helps to have big brothers to help with that, for sure!!

Angela Bellamy said...

Happy Birthday! I hope your day is filled with love and joy xoxo

Jodiebodie said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday Meredith :-)
How lovely to have your boys home together for the weekend. How special to see how beautifully your older boys care for their Little Buddy. Little Boys need Big Boys to connect with, as companions, mentors, role models and mates. You have much to be proud of, Meredith. Your boys are a credit to you.

Judy S. said...

Happy Birthday, and Happy Fourth! Enjoy every minute.

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

You have a wonderful set of boys in your life, wishing you a peaceful week x

Amy at love made my home said...

Yay for biggest brother being home, but far more importantly...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MEREDITH, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I didn't know! Even after all these years, which is pretty terrible of me. But, better late than never.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that you had a wonderful day filled with love and hugs and happiness!!

Sending lots of love and hugs to you! Amy xxxxxxxxx

Debbie said...

Hope you have a wonderful birthday & a wonderful year!

Ingrid K. said...

Happy birthday, dear Meredith, lovely to see your family so happy together!

Wishing you a great year ahead!

Hugs,
Ingrid xx
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Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Know you are thrilled to have Mr. 22 home!!
Espeiclly Buddy :-))
Will Mr. 19 go to Flagler??? Wherever he goes -- where ever he goes -- best of luck and enjoy!!
Happy 4th of July!!

Caffeine Girl said...

You have raised such lovely boys -- and that says so much about you and your husband. Enjoy them when you can. I know how fleeting those moments are!

Gracie Saylor said...

Dear Meredith, Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! May your celebration of your life be joyous. Love with hugs xxxxxxxx

Melanie said...

I loved seeing these pictures of your boys. You can tell by the photos that they both absolutely adore and love each other. Makes my heart ache for my son who lost his brother (my oldest son) almost 7 years ago. They were so close.

Kris said...

What a lucky little boy!!
xo Kris

Babajeza said...

These pictures are full of life! :-) Happy Mom! Hugs, Regula

Acorn to Oak said...

So sweet seeing them together. What a great older brother! :-)