"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, April 28, 2011

whirlwind week~part 3

conditions had definitely worsened for the drive home

So, after 3 wild days in the valley visiting oldest daughter and son-in-law, we drove back home.  We pulled in at 7:00 pm Thursday night.  Monte, Hillary and Erin followed us over the pass the next day and were here with Bailey bird and all their paraphernalia Friday at 1:00 pm!  (Keep in mind that I had just recovered from a 5 day stint with the stomach flu 2 days before leaving for their place).  I tried not to stress over the fact that laundry was exploding from both of the hampers and food was a distant memory to the empty 'fridge.

ready...wait, not ye...okay, GO

It's so much fun having little ones again.  Thanks  bro' for giving us that gift.

We enjoyed a family rich Easter at my parents home.  Lots of eating, game playing (Funglish, Apples to Apples, Rummy..) crafting for the girls, basketball for the boys, and of course the hunting of the eggs!

togetherness?   Yes. ;)

Monte and Hillary stayed later than they probably should have.  It's always hard to say good-bye.  They headed back over the mountain at about 7:00 pm and we got their safe arrival call close to 11:00.

we still have the tulips...

Crazy, busy, fun time that left us with more memories to cherish and relationships kept strong.  I love my kids!!  Anybody know what I mean?  It's a crazy love...

Blessings, Debbie


  1. I love crazy, busy family get-togethers! I'm glad you had such a great time with everybody together.

  2. Oh yes, I know what you mean! And the more grown up they get the more I really LIKE them as people. Looks like a great time was had by all!

    Seeing that snow was kind of a shock for my southern eyes. o_O

  3. I do know what you mean! I would love to have had five more, but I am so thankful for the five that God did bless me with. And now I need more grandchildren!

  4. Glad to see that your family time was so happy and safe!

  5. So thrilled you had time with your love ones - nothing is more important then spending time with each other -- hugs..

  6. I totally know what you are saying I feel the same way about my kids. Looks like a good time all around. B

  7. thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. Wow! It looks like your family had such a wonderful time together. Christ is Risen!

  8. Hi Debbie!
    Thank you for popping in to say hello! Yes, love for our kids is a crazy and wonderful love, I agree! Great pictures!

  9. Debbie, I loved your photos. It was as if I was there enjoying the time with you and all your full family fun!

  10. Lovely day, and such a lovely family. I have to agree about loving my kids part. I am just a little nuts in this area.
    I think it is a great way to live. :)

  11. Hi Debbie, I do Loooove to see families making lasting memories, and what you said about family is exactly how i feel, though ours live so far away. And when ours visit, and go back home, I wait by the phone for that safe phone call, then and only then can I sleep. ~smile~
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. What a wonderful time! Great action photos too --- kuddos to the photographer (you?). It sounds like your family had a very special time.

  13. Oh, do I ever know that love. We have 8 and when all of them, with their husbands or wives and 20 grands come home..I am in Heaven! :D

  14. Oh yes, I always fight tears when mine have to leave after a visit. Maa

  15. Your Easter celebration sounds like it was FULL of love and life--can't get any better than that!


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