Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When They Come Back Home - Courtney!

It was so great to have Courtney fly in for a Fourth of July visit!

We miss having this young lady around more often!



These two were incredibly excited for their big sis to arrive and had been counting down the days!





This mama was pretty darn excited to see her baby girl also!



Courtney brought the boys some VERY LARGE pens with sparkles and a rocket ship inside!



Joe was so excited that Courtney brought him his very own copy of the directory where Courtney works - lots of articles and information that this engineer will enjoy reading!





The next day was the Fourth, so we headed to Benson bright and early for their parade! 
 Rachel met us there (David had to work) and it was so good to see these sisters together!



Love these small town parades!

It was nice and overcast which made for a very pleasant day!
We meet a group of families every year which makes for a great time of fellowship!







After the parade, we walk several blocks to the park for the Fireman's Water Hose Challenge!
There's a big barrel in the middle between the two posts and opposing fire houses 
try to push it to the opposite side.

Of course, the crowd all gets sprayed too!





And then it was back to our good friends, the Camerons, who live close to us.  They host a great Fourth of July cookout.  The older guys played airsoft, the younger ones played 
with water balloons, and we all enjoyed a great potluck meal together!

Here's David with his two good buddies, Jonathan and Azlan.



Yes, these three amigos are the ones who live and breathe airsoft, Axis and Allies, and 
military strategy.........and they think it's great fun!







This is little Miss Danielle.....who wins the award for the messiest participant!



Many of the men gathered in Mr. Cameron's outbuilding to work on one of the other 
families' car who had trouble on their drive out.





Then it was off to the high school to see if the fireworks would be going off.  This is the
 greatest display ever - people sit all over the field and the fire department 
shoots them off at the other end!
They are truly up-close-and-personal!
But......thunder was rumbling and there was lightning in the distance!



As it started to sprinkle, they shot them off in incredible rapid succession - the whole show was like the Grand Finale.  It was the wildest display I have ever seen! Normally, the show takes about an hour, but everything was set off in about 20 minutes!  By the end it was pouring, but nobody cared!

IT WAS WILD!!!!!!



On Sunday, after church, Rachel and David met us at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  
Courtney had to get her salsa fix while she was here!





Overcast again, and oh so bright - we could hardly look at the camera.  
But this is the best we could do!



And then before any of us were ready, her visit was over.  She got to have a great visit and 
lunch with Grandpa before her plane left.





Love you so much, Courtney and can't wait for your next visit!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

When They Come Back Home - Jonathan!

Having adult children brings a whole new dimension to parenting!  
You get used to them being gone (sort of......) and then they come back for a visit!  
It's always good to see them, but we are sad when they have to return to their adult lives.

I still can't believe theses three little children that used to run around our
 home are now full-fledged adults on their own.  
But God is faithful, and they are all doing well!

Jonathan came back in early June for a shockingly-surprise visit!  We had planned for all
of us to go to the local Chinese Buffet, and spend that time as a family remembering Grandma and sharing memories of her. We even planned to get Courtney on the phone so she could be a part of it. Joe was in on the whole thing, but as we were preparing to go through the line.......in walks Jonathan!  What a delightful surprise!

Yes, this boy LOVES his Chinese food.......plates and plates of it!  
Of course, this plate doesn't look very Chinese-y, but he loves the whole buffet.



My dad really likes Chinese food also!







And then it was time for the "family photos".  
Boy, it's hard to get everyone to look at the camera and smile at the same time.



And then some nice patron took pity on us and took a group picture!
Oh Joshua......what is your problem???????  This would have been frame-worthy!





Can't believe my curly-headed-little-snuggly-boy is this full grown young man.









Another day, Rachel and David came to visit, and after our cookout, of course target practice was on 
the itinerary.......one of the things you can do out in the country with wide open spaces!
And yes, that's pregnant Rachel out there!  For those of you who don't know, she's a crack-shot!



Rachel and David were celebrating their ten-month anniversry!









Thanks for making the effort to come for a visit, Jonathan!  It was great to see you!

Next up?  Courtney's Fourth of July visit!