We have been spending a lot of time in our back/side yard the past few weeks, since the warm weather hit.
Last night, while we were sitting with a friend watching our boys and girl play soccer in our yard, I felt this deep satisfaction (right before they trampled all my flowers) at how good it felt to have a place where the kids could gather with there friends outside and engage in some sort of sport or activity.
We dug the basketball out this week too and played a little H-O-R-S-E. There was a time when Mike and I would take the boys on in basketball but now that all of them are taller than me, I've hung up my basketball shoes.
My boys never got into the skateboarding scene when it was so big. But this year, Mick wanted one of those boards that just has the two wheels and he rides it almost every night. Spencer's friends, who are long-boarders, made him a board from spare parts they had so they were going out long boarding a couple nights a week until his friend Mark took a fall and broke his collarbone.
So we're back after an 11 hour drive in a car that was NOT built to hold 5 adult-size people.
We experienced a little more family closeness than we would have liked!
We had rented a house that sat on 5 acres around Round Lake, which is about 15 miles outside of Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint is less than 40 miles from the Canadian border.
It was green and beautiful but also very rainy and muddy.
There were 3 paddle boats for us to use and the boys LOVED taking them out on the lake and racing each other.
The house had 6 bedrooms and 3 baths. There was a pool table in the family room that got lots of use, especially on the 3 days that it rained. Ski even taught my mom how to play pool! We played a ton of card games and several group games like Mafia and Signs.
The husbands beat the wives at Cranium and lorded it over us the rest of the reunion.
When the weather was good, we all got together on the grassy area below the house and played whiffleball.
The 1st game was really fun but the second game got WAY TOO INTENSE!
Out of the 13 grandchildren, 12 of those are boys so there was a boatload of testosterone and a very slick field. Not a good combination!
It was another successful reunion.
Everyone is still taking to each other...(I think) and no one ended up in the emergency room! LOL!
The first thing he said after he hugged us hello was "ugggh...you guys messed up all my books!"
This is his first time in the new house since he wasn't around to help us pack or move.
So about 10 minutes after he got home (after a 17 hr drive from Chicago) he was pulling books off the shelves and re-organizing them according to author...alphabetically.
Yep...this kid is a bit obsessed about books. He has filled both our family room and library full of his collection. Most of them are classics but he also has a pretty large collection of Greek literature too.
It's been fun having him home. He loves being outside so we've had quite a few badminton tournaments.