We had a lovely visit this past week with Carter’s parents, and his brother and two nieces. My sister-in-law had to stay in Michigan to work, so we missed her. It was a wonderful week. I have so many pictures of all the fun, it’s hard to pick just a few.
Monday was a Serious Work Day. We had so much help that the majority of the work was done within a few hours. Carter broke everyone up into “work groups” and assigned jobs. The garden crew planted more seeds and potatoes, laid out soaker hoses, added more compost, and generally finished getting it ready to go. We hope to plant all of our indoor seedlings next weekend!! The chicken crew cleaned out the coop, turned the compost pile, covered a “doorway” between two sections, planted grass in the now-inaccessible section, etc. We had a “snack/water crew” that made sure everyone had water and brought out snacks mid-morning. The “miscellaneous crew” cleaned out a section near the woods of brush and leaves and planted wildflowers, filled bird feeders, etc. The indoor crew installed a window air conditioner in the basement and lowered all my curtain rods so the curtains fit the windows. I didn’t get pictures that day, but I have promises from several people that they’ll email me some when they get home!
Monday night, we had severe storms. We considered heading to the basement because the wind got so strong, the whole house was creaking. In the morning, Cassandra woke me up saying the trampoline was gone! We found it… on the other side of our neighbor’s house!
Thankfully, no one was injured, and the neighbor’s house sustained only “minor” (but probably still expensive) damage to the gutter and roof. Our insurance should cover it, but with a $500 deductible, this trampoline is getting quite expensive!
The kids have enjoyed the trampoline so much, they were devastated. But the men pretty much just wrestled it back into shape. The net was ripped pretty badly and will need to be replaced…..
Two other trampolines in our neighborhood also went airborne… one ended up in a creek in the woods, and the other one ended up on top of the family’s storage shed! Who would have thought??
Tuesday was a shopping day, in gratitude for all the work that was done on Monday. Our kids got a little extra allowance and some spending money from their grandparents, and the cousins had saved money for a shopping trip, so everyone had fun spending money. 🙂
Wednesday, I worked, and everyone else went to the mountains to go hiking and sight-seeing. The weather was fantastic, and Carter got some great pictures!
I had a doctor’s appointment (glucose test, which I survived) on Thursday and missed the morning. I think they worked in the yard some more and watched the little boy we babysit for me while I was gone. The “guys” went to a baseball game in the evening and we “girls” had a movie night and watched “The Little Princess” and some old “Dick van Dyke” episodes. And had lots of snacks.
I think the guys had lots of snacks too!
Everyone left on Friday. We miss them, but look forward to their next visit!