Kick’in off the start of the season…

I had a long, great day yesterday…Kick’n off the start of the season…

As we are getting the outside of the Lake house ready for Summer, we added in a little fun too!  It doesn’t take much does it…I thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids play in between, cleaning lawn furniture, wiping down every surface, planting pots, hauling out all the seat cushions…watching Nick finish up his 32 yards of mulching…

Jake and his friend Tyler went on a kayak cruise…Tyler was also a football player if you couldn’t tell…so it was nice for Nick to see him again…and reminisce about the old days when Nick was coaching with Tyler’s Dad, Brad. (who was the head coach and is no longer with us) I can’t believe they can remember details of each play, each game and all that…it’s crazy.

This was hands down the funiest thing to watch yesterday…Little Man teaching O Bug how to play in the sprinkler…I could not pick only one photo for this…so suffer through them all for me please….Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger

Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt Blogger Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt BloggerIt was only about mid 60’s but…we have hot water in our garage…so warm sprinkler at Mimi & Papa’s!!!

American Staffordshire Terrier/Lisa Bongean
I hope the dog days of summer come soon and linger on….
the fisherman…and his baby.
Wiouwash Trial 5/16/2020
Wiouwash Trail     5/16/2020

After the kids all left, we cleaned up the dishes and off I went on a evening bike ride on my favorite trail…14 miles in less than an hour…not too bad, now if I could take the time to do that everyday!!! I wonder why I feel like I don’t deserve to do this everyday…hmm maybe I can do two things everyday…

Nick was waiting for me to come home…my new plants look great….and when those daffodils and tulips are gone, hopefully those hydrangeas, petunias, and alyssum will be much bigger!  Nick’s mulch job makes my flowers look so much better!

Kickin off the season/LIsa Bongean Top US Quilt BloggerIt’s been a good weekend…and today I will spend time stitching while watching it slow rain all day…Glad I got those plants in!  Take care of yourselves…Time to stitch.


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I live on a lake in beautiful Butte Des Morts, WI. I have three sons: Lance (forever 29), Luke 33, Jake 32, and two grand-babies, Little Man and O-Bug. I've been married to the love of my life Nick, since 1998 when we started our crazy adventure together! I am a quilter, rugger, and gardener. I also love to cook when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting and supporting Primitive Gathering Quilt Shop where I try to bring you the best Moda fabrics and wool projects anywhere!

41 thoughts on “Kick’in off the start of the season…

  1. Thank you for sharing your Lakehouse photos! I live in South Carolina very near Lake, but your photos make me reminisce about Summers in northern Michigan!

  2. That looks like a perfect way to spend a Saturday! I love to see pictures of grandkids and flowers!

  3. Nothing better than watching the smiles and listening to the giggles of a child. As grandparents we enjoy it so much more, I believe. All 7 of our grandkids here yesterday taking turns playing on the 2 John Deere gators, swings etc. It has been way too long since we have seen them. Best day ever!!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend Lisa and Nick. This weather is hopefully here to stay.

  4. What a wonderful way to spend your day! Like you, I know all about the hot water in the garage. Warm sprinklers and heated wading pools are just what we Neenahs do. Your gardens are lovely.

  5. Your grandsons are adorable! They grow up so quickly! Our oldest grandson started high school this year! Seems like just yesterday…

  6. Precious pictures!! Warm water from a sprinkler, that sounds wonderful. The flowers and plants and mulch look amazing. Hugs,

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful day! Why am I still quarantined/isolated from my grandkids? Seems like everyone else is with theirs. It’s hard.

  8. Loved your gorgeous weather pics. It WAS a beautiful Saturday wasn’t it? You are ahead of me with planting. My annuals haven’t even been bought yet. Stitching Sunday!

  9. What a wonderful day ! Thank you for sharing this day with us. Where I am we are allowed to get together with only one other family group. I live 200 kilometers from both my children and Grandchildren but Yesterday they all got together for this first time in 2 months. It was really a wonderful day. I live through video chats and pictures of my Loves and I Stitch Everyday!!

  10. Looks like a fun day! The weather was very nice, just hoping it gets nicer after this rain.

  11. It’s picture # 10 for me that says it all! The expressions on their faces are priceless. Great fun and nice of you to share the smiles.

  12. What darling kids and and what great memories they are making – and in beautiful surroundings. Awesome.

  13. Jace is a good big brother, but I can see that he’s also a daredevil! So much fun to watch your grandkids growing up. Looks like it was a great day and fun for all 😎

  14. I did the same thing yesterday – plant and clean up the yard. I love being a grandma – grandkids are the best!

  15. Great pics of the kids. I’m not surprised that your siding matches the neutral fabric lines.

  16. Your home looks like such a wonderful haven for you and your family. Obviously lots of love going into it. We grilled out and sat outside to eat yesterday. So relaxing! Good for you – a 14 mile bike ride. Hoping to get back on my bike this summer. Your grandkids are adorable. We did a Zoom storytime with ours last night since we’re all still sheltering-in-place.

  17. I love little boys, so I enjoyed every picture of those two guys. Wonderful days, wonderful years! Carol in Texas

  18. Thank you for sharing your wonderful family pictures. Your flowers are beautiful. Can I ask you where you found that beautiful blue gazing ball?

  19. I’m glad you shared all the photos of the boys. Their expressions are priceless. Gardens looking beautiful, you and Nick are a good team.

  20. I loved this post. It helps prove things are right in this world. Your boys are so happy. Nothing better but to spend time with kiddos and watch them laugh. Living in SoCal, (up the road from Primitive Gatherings about an hour), we continue to be pretty much shut down. After 2 months, this grandma said “enough is enough” and I am spending time with my family again. Being separated broke my heart. I so look forward to being able to go to your shop and wander around. Besides, I have a couple of quilts to be quilted. You have a beautiful home and the flowers are going to be glorious. Please post an update and please continue to share pictures. 🌻

  21. Lil man isn’t so little anymore. He & his friend look to be having a great time! Your flower garden is pretty. All this plus 14 miles on a bicycle? WOW!!

  22. Lisa, the kids are adorable. Nick did a beautiful job with the mulch and your flowers and house are beautiful. Good for Nick, he must love his fishing boat. Wow 14 miles… You go girl. Bet it was beautiful. Such a fun place for the family to get together. Enjoy!

  23. I relaxed just going thru the post! In all the hub-bub of life nothing makes a person smile like happy – having fun kids, big and little.

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