Monday, June 3, 2013

The Month of May...

Gary's May infusion at Mayo


Don & Judy Truitt on Bird's Nest deck

Judy singing "Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor on the bed post over night?"
I've always had a love/hate relationship with the month of May. It was always the end of the school year, which was great, but it also meant so much activity with spring sports overlapping summer sports (we raised boys, there was gonna be sports), field trips, homework, end of school projects, arrrg.
Now, with the kids grown, May is still a very active month. And this May hasn't turned out any different. Still love it. Still have had our hate moments... like traveling to Mayo twice for The Hubs ipi infusions. One week while there we woke to fifteen inches of overnight snow. Yeah,  you heard me on May 2 schools were closed in Rochester, MN. because of snow. Arrrg! The second visit in May brought Gary's last infusion, but then the waiting began. Has the treatment worked? Won't know for another month. Arrrg!
Matthew & his rowing crew
Katie on injured reserve from the serious soccer game
Now the love part... Three Clevelands celebrated birthdays in May. And, we had our Every-Other-Year Cleveland/Truitt Reunion over Memorial Day. Twenty-seven folks sleeping on blow-up mattresses or anywhere you could lay a pillow. Three days of fun, games, laughter and good visits. We had a talent show ( I use that term loosely), a Billard's Tournament, and a very serious soccer game. Then there was the paddle boating, canoeing, a competitive game of Washers (if you have to ask, you don't deserve to know), flaming marshmallows, tractor rides, sparklers and fireworks. And have I mentioned food... lots of food?

Paisly Jane Cleveland
The Truitts and Clevelands are friends who have melded into family. Now, a third generation of us has been introduced to each other. Children, cousins, aunts and uncles, moms and dads, brothers and sisters and grandparents all bonded together by love, tears, laughter, naughtiness, and a shared heartbeat. Holy Ground.

I've put together a few photos of May. (Sorry, Kelly & Chris, you guys must of been hiding everytime I took out my camera) I'm thankful for the last thirty days. I don't take these days for granted anymore. I hope your May was just as joyous.

"This is the day that the Lord has made..."


Gary & Don tossing Washers

Cormac & Meier fishing for shark

Cian (Nathan's Mini-Me) Cleveland

Harper Grace Cleveland
Kasia Cleveland
The Annie Oakley Gang
Twins Isamae & Kasia and friend.
Papa & Paisly
Brothers Cormac & Cian with their dad
Sewon, Judy & Meier
Jeremiah Joshua, the lost brother of the Duck Dynasty.

Katie, Macey & Harper flipping pancakes

Meier (Todd's Mini-Me) on garage roof.

Serious Soccer Game
The Todd Truitt Family performing a rendition of some country song while clapping and moving cups around on top of the canoe. We don't mess around when it comes to talent, folks.

Macey Truitt & Harper Cleveland

Josh and Harper gettin' down with the Elmo Rap.

The twins May birthday at Build-A-Bear
Some serious stretching before the serious soccer game
Toddy and Kristi Truitt
Auntie Erin and Zella Bean
Aunt Sarah and Cousins Paisly and Harper

Uncle X and daughter, Nellie Rose
Don Truitt or Paul Newman???

Paisly shared her 9th birthday w/ us.

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