Easter weekend was a wonderful family time for us and this weekend is turning out to be just as nice!
Amber had planned to have a bit of surgery on her foot Thursday and had arranged for child care, recovery time here at my house, transportation to and from - every single detail! Alas, her surgery was cancelled due to her coming down with an ear infection! We try to make the best of any situation - and after that fiasco on Wednesday when her every plan was totally sabotaged, she decided to keep to her original idea of spending Friday here with me! We met at The Olive Garden for lunch, after she had dropped the quads off with the other set of grandparents. This is one of our favorite places to eat and always holds good memories for us. As usual, we ordered the unlimited soup and salad!! My sister, Nita, gave me a recipe for the Pasta e Fagioli last year! I need to make some next week! I'll have to BUY bread sticks, though! OR, I could order them from The Olive Garden in take out!!! That might be the perfect menu for Tuesday night art class!
ANYWAY, Amber and I lingered long over our lunch then went back to my house for an afternoon of movie watching!! I have a ton of points to rent movies - but wouldn't you know? - the on demand feature was down that day. Apparently Verizon sold their TV side to Frontier and this was day #1 of the change over. I was not impressed!!
We had an Anthony Hopkins film we had never seen - Kidnapping Mr. Heineken - that Amber had given Louis Dean. AH is his FAVORITE actor!
He joined us in watching that one!!
Then Amber and I went on to watch The Last Castle!
I love a Robert Redford movie!!!
Friday was a complete day of rest! I had already cleared my calendar so it worked out perfectly and Amber was able to relax and hopefully that will help her recover from that awful ear infection!
My son, Jesse, was ill over the Easter weekend so we didn't get to see him or his family.
Today was a different story!!
I went over to see my oldest grandson's baseball game.
Every time I see Sam, he has grown taller! He's probably going to be the tallest one in the family!!
This is my beautiful granddaughter AND clever photographer, Faith!
She took a ton of photos and doctored them all up to make us look good!
Sam had both of his grandmothers there to watch him today!
We are both named Linda and both blonde!
Jesse, Leigh Ann, me, Sam, Levi and Faith!
We had such a good time!!
My handsome first born son!! He will be 50 years old this November!
That child has ALWAYS loved to take pictures!
Once I gave her my camera at the park I had taken them and she took 177 photos!!!
This is my SHOCKED FACE!!
Linda and I went over to their house for a little while to keep the visit going.
It was wonderful to catch up. Linda is one of the sweetest people ever and she just makes you feel good to be around her!! Faith and Leigh Ann loaded up my car with toys for the girls that Faith was wanting to give them. I can't wait to see their eyes when they come over on Wednesday and find all this new stuff!!!
In keeping with a relaxing weekend, I came home and took a nap in the guest room! I had it all clean and smelling fresh with new sheets and all since I thought Amber would be recovering in here. It didn't go to waste because I loved my little late afternoon slumber!
Louis Dean and I got out and started cleaning up for spring. The yard man came yesterday and worked his magic on the lawn. We pulled the remaining sand bags away from the flower bed - they have been there since last May! LD brought the rug from the gazebo and we will use it under our chairs when we sit on the driveway now. He has begun taking up the deck in the back. It's a long story but he will use THAT old deck wood to deck an area right behind the house and then buy new lumber for a NEW deck for our NEW gazebo. It is a process.
I started in on the flower beds and pruned back the rosemary bush which has grown HUGE!
I now have a large bouquet of it in my kitchen and it smells lovely!!
I cut some fresh roses, lantana and a few flowers off some kind of chive plant to make a bouquet beside the sink.
We are sitting out here on what is left of the gazebo deck watching our fire pit burn itself down.
I think it's just about time to go back inside. We have yet another Anthony Hopkins movie we haven't see yet!
I don't know......maybe we should wait and watch this tomorrow!
Perhaps something a bit lighter before we go to bed! Or maybe just a glass of wine and some quiet talking. We can never have too much of that!