It’s been a busy, fun-filled weekend. So warm and muggy that I’ve been running into the bathroom now and then, just to splash cold water on my flushed cheeks.
On Saturday, bright and early, my parents pulled into the driveway. My heart leaps when I see them arrive, it’s always a great feeling to have them near.
We got right to visiting, all eleven of us.
After a while, Rich and Dad ran a few errands while Mom and I meandered around outside.
Sarah stayed with us the whole time, chattering in her little girlie ways. We went for a walk so I could show Mom the biggest “Jack in the Pulpit” (wildflower) I ever saw. We picked ferns and walked Jacob and Ethan to their weekend job at the neighbor’s.
Back inside, we puttered around in the kitchen and made Raspberry Rhubarb Jam. Caleb showed Grandma his fun computer game.
She was busy reading to Sarah Joy on the couch when I took this picture of our lovely jam. Grace was busy writing her book.
After the men got back,Mom and I drove down town to the library and to a second-hand shop where she bought Sarah a darling wooden baby doll crib. I purchased a few serving dishes for ice cream, pudding, or jello. They had four at the shop, and Mom said she had the same dishes at home and she would give them to me. I hope it all adds up to nine.
The little boys found this baby turtle down at the stream. It was so tiny in my hands, but so perfect. I wanted to keep it as a pet but we let it go. I miss him.
I was working in the kitchen (again?) when Seth asked me to read to him so I said, “Go ask Grandpa to read it”.
I quickly popped my dinner in the oven so I could take a few pictures of the coziness. I love listening to my Dad and Mom reading out loud to the children. It brings back so many memories. I also love the looks on their faces as they listen to another voice besides mama’s.
And I think sometimes Dad actually gets to read one that he hasn’t ever read before, even though he is now an old man (so he says, even though he’s a very young grandpa). He always likes the stories …… maybe just as much as Seth. “Wild Things” is a current favorite and Dad read it great. Then, they read Jamberry.
Can it get any better than this? Three of the most dear and special faces. Yes, that is a big bump on Sethie’s forehead, alas, he hit his own self, with a metal baseball bat.
The crazy mama.
After a quick manicotti dinner, we all headed downtown to the Little League field. Davy had a game and Grandma and Grandpa got to watch it. He was just so thrilled about it all.
It is quite a shame, that I did not get a photo of the baseball player. Such is life. Oh well.
My two very favorite men.
After the game, which did not end until 9:30-something PM, Mom and Dad headed back to their hotel. They spent Sunday with my brother Isaac, and went home that afternoon.
These pictures are from Sunday morning, right before we went to church.
I simply A D O R E this one. Caleb, Sarah, Dave, and Seth.
And here I am, with my littlest one.
My weekend book….and the ever ready sunglasses. It’s been so wonderfully sunny.
I can’t believe I even had time to read.
Rich and I went out on a quick date on Sunday afternoon. On our way home, we saw a big bird and pulled over to take a picture. We were laughing as we tried to get the best possible angle, passing the camera back and forth, as cars were passing us and quite possibly wondering what the two oddballs were doing?!
This was the best one. An oriole was flying around, making noise and I hoped that the big bird wasn’t trying to vandalize it’s nest. There were clearly some issues going on.
Today was a zoo day, pond day, and yard work day. I took some photos but those will be shared at another time.
Thanking God for this beautiful life and for my lovely friends, like you.