Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend

What a full weekend, where, oh where do I start?

Friday after school Isaac had his friend, Ethan- who is soon moving to Florida- over to play. The neighbor girls asked Erin to come swim so we all went to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool.

When it was time for Ethan to go home, Isaac's friend and our former neighbor, Ryan came to spend the night! His family have stayed close even though they don't live right across the street anymore.

Friday night after the younger kids settled in for bed, the rest of us sat down to watch a movie, Flight 93. Figuring this to be an appropriate movie for the Memorial day theme- I'd recommend it by the way, if you haven't already seen it. Our movie was interrupted by Vali making quite a bit of noise by the back door, scrabbling around as if trying to catch something. I paused the show becuse I'd rather kill any spider right away instead of giving it a chance to surprise me later. Low and behold, there sit Emmi and Vali staring intently at a tiny mouse that Emmi had found in the basement, tag-team tormenting the poor thing!


Something which husbands are very good at is getting rid of finds such as this...

We resume our movie only to pause again 5 minutes later as we see Milo come up from the basement after his own trick-or-treating run with a second tiny mouse. Only Milo doesn't head for the back door, no, his "comfy place" is our bedroom! Jim is on Milo's heels as our manly cat runs upstairs to finish his prey.

We did finally finish our movie, and it was good and we cried. But the memory of it will always be overlaid with the picture of Milo and his catch in my mind! He needs to stick to his prescription diet for now...

Saturday morning I took Isaac, Ryan and Erin to an Organic farm nearby for a farm tour. The guide was informative and fun, and it took me back to my own organic gardening days, inspiring not only memories, but plans for our yard now.

After the tour we went out to the fields to watch the farmer bring in the cows. What remarkable patience he had as he waited for them to gather at his call before walking them up and through the gate into the next field... nothing instant and fast about it.

Saturday afternoon Jim got down to some serious business around the house and fashioned a top-notch tire swing for the kids! As I mowed the lawns, (my time is improving!) Jim and his assistants installed this very important feature to our yard and I'm glad to say that it has passed the initial testing with flying colors!

Sunday afternoon we went to our friends' farm to celebrate their daughter Natalie's high school graduation. The Nobles have three daughters who correspond in age to our three and they have all become fast friends.

In fact, Rebekah and Erin will be going to camp this summer with Emma and Lillian. Their farm is home to several Alpacas and a Llama, who is quite friendly!

Although Kate and Natalie have known each other for such a short time, they have many interests in common, from the Arts to animals.

Sunday evening another longed-for feature was completed as Jim and the kids finished a fire ring by which many a marshmallow will be roasted and long evenings enjoyed. As soon as it was finished they "fired it up" and started whittling perfect marshmallow sticks when a thunderstorm rolled in and doused the flames, though not the fun!

Yesterday morning, Memorial Day, dawned bright and early with us getting into Mohnton for the parade. Isaac was marching in the parade- Main Street America style- with the Scouts. Jim and the girls and I parked our chairs on a sidewalk near the end of the route and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities.

Afterward there was a ceremony in the cemetery to honor those who have fought and died for our freedoms.

A friend sent me the link to a marvelous video on youtube which is worth a few minutes of your time- grab the tissues though.


We invited some friends from church, the Maiolie family, over for some grilling and fellowship later in the day. Jim had spent the afternoon working on getting a rope for another swing in our lower yard over the very high branch that he'd identified as perfect for swing number 2. The Maiolies arrived in time to help test the stability of the ropes and branch after we'd eaten a feast in the lovely afternoon air on the back porch. Today Jim will fashion a seat for the swing, but for last night the ropes were enough for a thrilling ride!

We ended the evening with S'mores after Kate and Laura arrived.

Jim has taken an additional day off of work to finish the swing and work on more shelves for our library. After such a full weekend I hardly know what day it is now! Whew! God is good and has blessed us plentifully with home, family and friendships,... and now S'mores too!

1 comment:

Anthony De Piante said...

Wow, you guys have a great looking yard! Fun stuff. Don't have too much fun over there now :) Oh and Isaac...you don't want to be an Iggles fan do you?!?!?