Last Thursday, we had Ella for the day, as we normally do every other Thursday. We had a few things to take care of with my parents since their move to assisted living, so we took her with us. Papa was so happy see Ella--I don't want to say she is his favorite...but she has such a special place in his heart.
We had the kids all day Saturday and overnight until late Sunday afternoon, as Aaron and Christa attended a wedding of one of their long-time friends.
Saturday was the day of the estate sale. Mark headed over to see how things were going. I chose not to go--too weird to see people choosing to buy--or not--memories of my parents.
One of the things Mark found and brought home was a decopaged copy (during a phase when my father decopaged everything!) of my paternal grandparents' marriage license from January 1, 1909
It was one of those days when you have four kids, and three of them have to be someplace different, nearly at the same time. So after checking out the sale, he headed to Levi's track meet, where he competed in the triple jump.
He came in sixth place. Way to go, Levi!
Then it was home for a few minutes to eat lunch, and take Charlotte to her basketball tournament.
She had three games, and since it was in a town not too far from Nana and Papa, they stopped in to say hi after the game.
Then they had a grandpa-granddaughter date, dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, before heading home.
Meanwhile, shortly after Mark and Charlotte left for her basketball tournament, both boys were picked up for a birthday party at a local martial arts studio. I got some sewing done while Ella tried to nap. Unsuccessfully, I might add....
Levi and Gabe had a great time at the party, and wore these bands on their head nearly the entire rest of the weekend.
Sunday afternoon, after church, the kids wanted to go in the spa. That hot water and all the bubbles make Ella a little uncomfortable, so Charlotte had the great idea of having her put on her swimsuit and "spa" in the bathtub. Such a great idea.
Gabe joined her for a bit too.
It was such a fun (although a bit chaotic) weekend. These kids constantly remind me how blessed we are to have them so close--something I never take for granted.
Just a few hours ago, I was able to see Charlotte participate in her fifth grade history musical. It was educational--about the Constitution and Bill of Rights--done in a "Survivor" format--very funny.
In the program, she was listed an "internet celebrity." She did an amazing job with her part--including singing (she has a beautiful voice!). Although to be honest, I'm not sure I like the fact that with her hair straightened and those hip sunglasses on, she looked 16....stop growing! They never listen to me...sigh.
Her best friend, Violet, also had a fun part. These two have known each other all their lives--such a special friendship.
So there you have it. The past seven days.
And on a totally unrelated topic, my good friend, Elizabeth, wrote a really wonderful blog post about stained glass shadows. Which reminded me of our wedding pictures (our 44th anniversary is just over a month away). We were married on June 8 in Seattle. And if you know anything about Seattle, a sunny day is never guaranteed. But we had a beautiful day. Our photographer took advantage of the stained glass in the front of our very small sanctuary that evening. We look like such kids. But these pictures are so special to me.
Have a wonderful weekend.