Uncle Joshie and Auntie Lolo arrived late on Thursday night for a few days in our neck of the woods. When they arrived after being delayed by roadworks on Highway 395 between Chewelah and Arden we chatted for a while then hit the sack for a full day of fun on Friday.
Auntie Lolo took most of these photos, by the way. Thank you, Laura!
The 8 of us gathered on Friday morning for breakfast at our country bungalow. Katie and Andrew were stuck on the westside and not with us all for this gathering. After breakfast on Friday, Josh and Dan headed out to golf, Dear worked on some much needed maintenance on the lawnmower and the girls and JJ met up to walk on the Rotary trail.
It was sunny and hot and humid and we persevered.
After our walk and golfing and naps everyone gathered again at our country bungalow for dinner and fun until bedtime for our grands. For dinner we made Chili Verde which had some great spice depth with sides of rice, veggies, corn and flour tortillas.
The grands showed off their skills on the Big Wheels.
Bedtime came as usual and the grands and their parents headed home for the evening. A full good day for us all.
On Saturday duty called and Josh and Laura headed to our local kids mountain for the day while Dear and I worked on the lawn after a few days of delay because of rain.
I mowed the front and back lawns and Dear weed wacked.
The kids went to the Farmer’s Market, played pickle ball and worked on dinner for all of us.
After our delicious meal on our kids mountain we opted for a walk down the driveway.
A great spot for a selfie before we tried to beat the mosquito bites on the way back up the driveway!
On Sunday we all gathered at church and then enjoyed lunch out before Josh and Laura headed to the airport and home. One of the highlights of our church morning was that JJ was willing to go into his Sunday School class with no regrets or resistance so mommy could attend the service in peace. Addy has been willing and happy to attend Sunday School for a while now.
Hope you all had a good weekend. We are grateful for the good times we spent together this weekend.
28 thoughts on “Time Well Spent”
Sounds like a lovely family weekend.
Thank you for stopping by, Barbara!
Beautiful photos of your family and your grandchildren look so grown up. You live in a very scenic part of the world. Glad you had lovely family times. So special. B x
Thank you, Barbara. We sometimes have to pinch ourselves to remember to not take our scenery for granted! Our family times are precious…and tiring. 🙂
Oh that looks as if you had a wonderful time. Even the weather looks great except I can see a hint of the humidity you spoke of. That first photo of the children is positively idyllic.
You have an eye to see, Vee! We had some humid days this past weekend. On that walk we all thought we were going to melt. My first sunburn of the year! I’m now developing a farmer’s tan.
I love the views and landscapes. Cute photos of your grandchildren. Sounds like a fun visit with your family.
Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!
Thank you, Eileen. Have a wonderful week, too!
…it doesn’t get any better!
So true, Tom!
You have a beautiful family, Ellen. How wonderful to have everyone in church with you. Your photos are amazing; the color and clarity are just gorgeous. They really capture the spirit of your time together. Have a great week! xo
Thank you so much Nancy. It really is special to sit in church with our adult children! Hope you have a good week ahead!
A busy and happy weekend.
Lovely photos of the family.
The sky in the second picture is fantastic!!
Thank you, Karen!
Fun and precious family times! Your grands are growing so fast. JJ looks so cute with his haircut. Addy always looks so happy. I know what you mean about the youngest’s attachment to mommy – small steps … Our little Sully is the same. You have beautiful scenery. Please send some of that rain our way. Have a great week!
Rosella, Our littles will be driving us around before we know it! Thank you for stopping by. I would gladly send you some rain if I could. 🙂
Stunning photos. Such happiness!
Thank you, Maristella.
What a lovely weekend you had with your family, Ellen. Loved seeing the pictures! Thank you for sharing!
Dianna, our daughter in law always takes the best photos when she comes to visit!
Looks like a wonderful weekend at your place, filled with family and fun and food and fellowship! So nice that some of your west-of-the-mountains kids could come east! Happy times! We had a busy weekend too as we attended one gathering and hosted another.
Cheryl, sounds like a very good trade off…hosting and attending! Wondering how many July birthdays your family has…
Your family time always looks so joyful.
It looks like a wonderful family weekend at your home, Ellen! Your grandchildren are getting big and I know how much fun they are now as they are able to do more independently. Our son and daughter–in–law celebrated their 18 wedding anniversary this past weekend and we had a nice time having dinner and a cake with them.
Pat, I know you are making the most of being close to your kids and grands! So wonderful!
Fun time with your beautiful family. Our daughter likes to mow their lawn too while SIL does other work on their acreage. I’m in awe of her (and you) because it looks scary to wimpy me!
Sallie, Thankfully the property is pretty level although bumpy. No steep areas to navigate so I’m safe! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Such special family moments! I especially like the action shots … JJ running and Dan with the kids! Great photography!