It's been quite the week. I've not published but I've blogged. I was hoping for time to post pics with. Not happened yet. And there's been a lot of things going on that I've not been ready to share yet. I'm ready, but today, an update. Tomorrow details.
What an exciting last Wednesday we had! I drove down to the airport to pick up the Liza and fam, bright and early, after getting the kids off to school. Their plan landed right on time. We headed to lunch at Wingers, which was a treat, since the Logan Wingers closed last year. As soon as we pulled in at home, Buddy opened the back of the Expedition to get the luggage out and said, "Liza, where's my luggage?" In all the excitement of our hellos at the airport, and my giving Buddy the keys to drive because my foot doesn't do a drive to SLC without serious issues, he'd hopped into the drivers seat and pulled away without his bags!
He immediately called the airport and I immediately called Denise, who was at the airport, herself, to welcome her niece home from her LDS mission to Tennessee. Thankfully, Denise was right there near the luggage and able to bring it home to us that night.
Alan and Jill were across the street, working at Layne and Julie's home, and came across to give hugs to Liza and her fam. Jake was with them, so it was exciting for Liza to get a chance to see him! We ended up going out for dinner together to Firehouse and gabbing for hours. The kids never get enough of Uncle Alan and Aunt Jill, and Liza feels the same! We laughed! HARD! It was a great way to begin their visit!
After dinner, we came home and sat up late visiting with Buddy while Liza got Aylabelle to bed. Have I mentioned how much I love having them home!
We had a "big bath", according to Aylabelle, in the hot tub while the kids were at school. Lunch was with Katie and Dave, at Café Sabor, who were visiting town for a funeral. Buddy had never met them and Liza had only met Katie. We ate a huge great lunch. Huge. I'd planned on making a big Mexican feast for dinner, but by 8PM, we were all still hungry from lunch. I made bean salsa and we called it dinner!
Saturday morning, in the middle of waffle breakfast, Buddy got a text that his folks had flooding at their home, so they raced off to help. They will return this weekend and stay until Monday with us. This week, Buddy's sister is graduating and they are having a week long family reunion. They will pop in and out throughout the week. Yesterday to pick something up. Tuesday, Liza and I met for haircuts. Wednesday, for a minute to drop something off. Even though we are not seeing them much, I love knowing that they are fifteen minutes away!
Doug and I taught our first "Strengthening the Family" class on Saturday evening. We had six couples attend and both of us felt it went well. We were so impressed with the group that are attending. Again, we are feeling very blessed to be neighbors with these awesome people and are loving getting to know our new ward members!
Sunday, after church, we came home and enjoyed the "holiday" weekend Sabbath with the kids and relaxing until late evening when Doug and I went over to Carol's for a late night soak in her hot tub and some Seinfeld watching for Doug and Robert.
Our holiday was spent at home, planting a garden, if you could call it a garden. We planted a strip of peppers, four tomatoes at random places in the back yard, in hopes that one place or another will get enough sunlight to actually grow. On Saturday morning, we had a man come and give us a bid to remove the 60 foot tall evergreen that's in the center of the yard. We want to plant fruit trees and a garden and with that tree, it's impossible. However. The tree shades the entire back yard, which is wonderful in summer. We decided to live the summer with it and see if we still want to take it down.
The Bs came over for an afternoon barbeque and everyone went straight to bed after they left, except me, who spent the evening napping on the couch through a few episodes of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Gilmore Girls, my new guilty pleasure. Never heard of it before now, but LOVE it.
I've been spending quite a bit of time with Carol while she is in town. She will be heading back to Idaho after her son graduates, so we are enjoying our time together while she's here.
Today, my sweet friend, Katie, came up from SLC to spend the day. We had a great time and I loved having her cute son, Cannon with us. Grace was home today from school and entertained him when we got back from Black Pearl. He's a sushi lover too! It was so great to catch up on each other's lives.
Denise and I have been missing each other since last week because of company and events and holidays and and and. Life is just busy!
It's the kids last week of school! Grace will be flying back to Arizona for her first solo vacation. ZJ is going to be working this summer for an aunt. Quayd's planning on picking up more shifts. When Grace returns, she's supposed to be on the schedule for her new job! It looks to be a busy summer for the kids. We're still debating on whether we put up the pool this summer. The hot tub is wonderful, but they like the idea of freezing in the pool then warming up in the hot tub. I'm not loving the idea of killing the lawn permanently for four or five weeks of swimming. And the pool will NEVER heat up with all of the trees and the lack of sunshine in our back yard. We'll see how that goes. I can't believe it's summer already! If the rain would just stop and the temp would go up, it would feel like summer, but, I am thrilled with this Portland-esque season! LOVING EVERY DROP!!!
One cute Gracism: She informed me that she needs a new wardrobe before flying to Arizona next week. I asked what all she needs. "Everything, Mom! Everything. Seriously, I'm clothesrupt." I think we have happened onto a new word for the English language.
Tomorrow, I will answer some of the many questions I have had about what's happening with our cute little Zaylee. That's the bottom line... as busy as I have been, it's no more busy that normal. I've just been trying to figure out what and how to share our latest news. Life is good. Not ever what we think it will be, but it is good.