I’m working feverishly on a new photobook for my mom, actually two!  One from her visit here, with the kids, and one from our big sisters get-together in Belgium in July.  I’m hoping to finish & get them on her doorstep before she flies back to the states this weekend.  I can’t believe how fast this summer has gone.  Cole is already back in school, Tess & Dane start on Monday and the weather is cool bordering on crisp.  I love fall, it is my favorite season, but looking at our summer pictures I do feel a little sad it’s over.

Our weekend in Belgium went especially fast.  I’m guessing it’s because we had so many people in one small, adorable, dare I say “quaint” little house.  We brought seven, Annelore came with three, Manon came without husband or son, and my cousin Heidi, our honorary fourth sister, joined us with her daughter Zoe.  Then we had friends come to visit and time flew by.  I mentioned that I loved La-Roche-en-Ardenne, a small castle in a smal town in the ardennes. I  think I even mentioned how much I love the bird show.  We hadn’t planned to attend the bird show, but it started right as we needed a breather from climbing all the stairs in the castle.

By now most of you have figured out I’m an extrovert, and you probably guess it’s a family trait.  This is so true!  All of us are by nature out-going, exuberant, and the first to volunteer for everything.  Heidi is no exception.  On our castle day, our bird show day, volunteers were needed.  Heidi got picked for the very best volunteer spot!  She got to wear the falconeers glove, and official falconeers helmet, and “catch” a falcon!

ps: I so don’t believe that’s a real falconeer’s helmet, but Heidi is a very good sport!