Family Fun

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.

Cousins after church on Sunday

Emma and Alyssa enjoying time together

Garrett and Uncle Dean working on their laptops










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!

It was thrown over the neighbor's house!

Pretty beat up

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!

Surveying the damage

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!

Our Family


Carter and Dean

Grandpa and Garrett

Uncle Dean carrying an "injured" Emma


Taking a Break

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.

Garrett with the Chick-fil-a cow

I think the guys had lots of snacks too!

Everyone left on Friday.  We miss them, but look forward to their next visit!

About micandme

Homeschool mommy to three munchkins, ages 9, 7, and 5. Christ-follower, nurse, wife, knitter, spinner, crafter, camper, hiker, people-pleaser, homesteader-wanna-be!
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4 Responses to Family Fun

  1. says:

    yeah that was some storm.
    we have an extra trampoline net, long story, tell you in person.
    but its real nice, you are welcome to see if it fits yours.
    i dont know the size.
    glad your trampoline wasnt trashed.
    nana neighbor

  2. Jill says:

    It was wild!
    The storm hadn’t even fully arrived and all power went out 12-12:30am for most of Newton. Power restored @ 5:03pm.
    I always wanted to live like Laura Ingalls, but was not prepared. My house is all electric. Was not prepared with firewood to cook over. My sister had to bring me coffee before I suffered with the caffine withdrawl headache. LOL
    Glad ya’ll are safe and had a great visit with the family.

    They’re talkin more storms this week. Stay safe!

    • micandme says:

      I agree about wanting to live like Laura! 🙂 We’re all electric too. But we didn’t lose power this time, amazingly enough. One thing we do is keep our camp stove accessible. You can pretty much cook anything on that!

      Thank goodness for sisters. 🙂 Sounds like you have a “keeper”.

      You stay safe too! ~Michelle

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