Here is a post I started a week ago and have struggled to get it finished without interruption or lack of time. Hopefully today is the day to finally publish it! Here goes.
I will try to recap the family time we had over the 4th of July, in a way that will be informative but not overly detailed. The whole family was able to be home for the 4th and spend over a week together. With 26 of us, there is always noise (except when we are sleeping and that can be noisy), always little bodies running and jumping, and enough activity to be declared a “zoo”! It’s all about making memories though which there should be plenty of, therefore it’s all good. I had been thinking before everyone arrived that it would be nice if the guys could watch the kids one morning so I could take the Four Sisters out to a new garden/cafe’ shop for a nice cup of coffee and a quiet visit. That never happened. The girls did managed to make it to the beach two or three times. It’s a lot of work packing up 13 to 16 kids to do so. It was very hot the whole time they were here so the remedy was to let the kids play in the unheated hot tub which they loved. It will need to be drained and cleaned again now but that’s ok. Yes, sixteen grandkids, ten adults, one puppy, all under one roof for a week. Well, puppy runs around outside and is the quietest one! Daughter #1 had to get home after a week but the rest were here for the remaining four days. We used two spare rooms and two campers for sleeping except for one of the families that live close by. I have learned that there is no need to make a plan as to when meals will be eaten. Breakfast began as soon as the first couple of kids were up and never really ended. Sometimes it was only 11:20 and they were asking for lunch! There was a constant flow of paper plates, disposable cups, dirty dishes in the sink, burnable papers going out, recyclables, and garbage to be taken out. I don’t have a dishwasher so I had planned from the beginning to use disposable plates. And guess what, there were plenty of dishes still. Unfortunately, plates and cups are not the difficult things to wash!
Hubby had asked for all the grandkids to be in our small town parade and everyone was able to make it so we were a colorful crowd. Three trucks, trailers, blue company shirts, flags, candy and all the glitz and glamour. The grandkids thought it was great. We adults were just glad it is not a long parade as it was very hot. Afterward we gathered together for a family photo. We were amazed that we got through the photos without any kids crying!! That’s quite an accomplishment!
With the weather consistently being in the 80’s and 90’s with no rain, the grass has gotten quite brown. We desperately need rain.
I will write more soon I hope. As I put the house back in order, wash bedding, towels, put extra chairs away, etc., I am coming up with a post that will be fun to write. I’m not sure how long it will take to remove all the footprints, handprints, and little face prints off the walls and windows but as we say, “it’s all good.”
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