It has just been almost too much to believe that the winter weather may be gone for good!! We spent the weekend at my mom's and enjoyed the beautiful weather ALL weekend long!!
We started with a picnic in the park on Friday. At that point, I just had Devin and Cami with me. .and cousin Taryn joined us after preschool for a romp around! The rest of our crew and my sister and her youngest. .were headed our way later that day for the weekend.
We found Teegan waiting on us when we got back to Grandma's after lunch. .he was ready to play too! And play they did. .those kids ran a hundred miles throughout the weekend. .chasing, eluding, observing, and exploring!
. .and just hung out, enjoying each other's company. It was definitely more fun than a few weeks ago when they were together. I actually don't recall a time recently, when they have had SO much time to play together without other things going on. .and they took full advantage of that. .even having a slumber party at Taryn's house. .though Kadon and Devin opted out!!
Saturday found most of us headed to Wichita to watch Grant's drum line perform in a contest held by the Wichita Wild. .an indoor football league.
Ryder was in toddler heaven with his hot dog and pop!!
And Aunt Tina was the only one to spill her pop :-) . .mostly because the guy didn't get the lid on good!
We were decked out with green beads. .and glow stick bracelets. .and candy. .
. .and, as if it couldn't get ANY better. .then they brought out POMPOMS! Whoo Hoo!! The girls had been dancing to the music. .and movin' with the dance team, so pompoms were just the icing on their cake!
We watched a little football. .
watched some cheerleaders. .
. .and watched each other. .until the drum line came in!
Grant and Taylon started out the routines in the two big barrels in the back. .which were moved in on dollies. .
The crowds cheered as they erupted out of the barrels after the other drummers had already started the routine. The other drum lines actually play on DRUMS! Our guys use the unconventional!
The judges stand center field with decibel sound readers after both teams perform. .And the winners are chosen by audience cheering! Solomen High School made a great performance. .with some of their kids even playing percussion while lying on their backs. .BUT!!
The wolves pulled a victory. .and will play again May 19th in the semi-finals!
They were PUMPED up!! In a conversation with the security guard as I re-entered the arena after getting some equipment loaded. .he reported 3000 fans at the first game. .and near the 5000 person arena capacity for the 2nd home game this season. .but Saturday night there was only around 1000 people present. .his theory was the KU game during the Final Four basketball competition that same night.
The kids enjoyed the game. .and Tina's kids were reportedly drumming on her pots and pans with spoons and forks all afternoon on Sunday!! After the game, we enjoyed ice cream at Spangles, in memory of Papa's birthday that day. .He LOVED his ice cream. .diabetes and all!!
Sunday found the kids and I at Stone Creek nursery in Andover. .picking out some vegetation to plant in the Memory garden! They quickly became disgruntled at how long it was taking. .and it was nearly 90 degrees. .so I finished in peace as Tristan took them to the car to watch their movie! I got some great shrubs and plants. .and a stone cross. .and Jeremy helped me plant them when we got home last night. .Can't wait to show them off to you!!
We survived several "firsts" this past weekend. .my "first" weekend visit home since dad died. .our "first" family crisis regarding the rental house that my folks' owned. .the new hired man needed to move in Saturday. .but the house was discovered to be in major need of some cleaning. .and remodeling of some badly damaged areas. .(we have really never had any crisis's before this. .because my dad just always handled things. .so now there is a new pecking order. .and the process of getting our problem solving techniques developed. .and that IS a process!) and Dad's "first" birthday that was celebrated without HIM!
It was stressful. .even traumatic at times. .
We laughed. .we cried. .
we ate together. .and worked together. .
and we loved each other. .even when it was difficult!!
Please continue to keep our family in your prayers as our healing slowly comes. .
and we find our NEW normal!!
What a blessed week this is. .
the countdown to celebrate the Risen Savior and Lord. .Jesus Christ!!
Be mindful. .and be saved!!