Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekend with Grandma and Grandpa

We had a wonderful weekend with grandma and grandpa this weekend. Whew! Enjoying a weekend without the weight of the P.E. exam hanging over us was beyond wonderful! They arrived Friday afternoon and brought each of the kids an entire new summer wardrobe complete with 2 or more pairs of new shoes for each of them. Our living room looked like a children's clothing and shoe store, the kids were so excited, especially Isaac! Rachel made the most wonderful breaded chicken dinner out of homemade bread crumbs. Saturday we all got up early and headed to Radford University to watch Isaac and James swim there for the first time. Both of them had a fantastic meet. Isaac took 1st place in 100m IM, 50m Free and 50m backstroke. James took 1st place in 25m backstroke and was not far behind Isaac in every other race. We were amazed at how much they had improved since the Fall! They were so excited with how they did. Radford University had a very nice pool and we enjoyed watching them compete there. After the swim meet, we headed to go get some food and then to Bisset Park. It was such a nice day to be out! There was a Native American festival going on in the park so we got to watch some of that. Saturday evening, Daniel did a cookout for us and we enjoyed grassfed burgers along with Rachels delicious dessert bars. After dinner, Daniel, Grandpa and all the older kids (including Rachel) cleared a spot behind the house to put the new wooden swing set that the kids getting. We found someone selling a used one and they are so excited about getting it! We stayed up late talking and then on Sunday, Daniel, Grandpa and the boys headed back to Radford for the rest of the swim meet. They made it back in time to enjoy Rachel's homemade strawberry shortcake (made from fresh picked GA strawberries!) before heading to the 11am service at church. I stayed home to rest this morning but they all came back to pick me up before heading to cracker barrel where grandma and grandpa treated us all to a good lunch. We wish the visit could have been longer but hopefully we will get to spend lots of time with them this summer. They are going to have the kids visit for a whole week in early August and we will go to pick them up! 

James and Isaac on the pool deck

Rachel, Grandma and Mercy

Grandpa and the girls

sweet Mercy with grandpa

beautiful Grace wearing grandpa's hat

Isaac in lane 5 (sticking his black hiney out:-)
, James in lane 6 (right) getting ready for their 50m backstroke

Our big boy Isaac

Isaac looking all muscled up:-)

James is the cutest 6 year old swimmer:-) 

James again

Native American Festival

Playing by the River

We love the New River! Such a clean, beautiful River!

Mercy getting showered by kisses

Daniel and Grandpa being silly

couples photo

Our fam with grandma and grandpa

with grandpa and grandma inside their favorite tree!

beautiful Rachel

more time on the river!

Daddy and Mercy

Grace, age 5 and so proud of her new butterfly outfit!

Clearing where our new swing set is going,
I love Daniels face in this pic!

Grandma and Mercy watching the action

Little Mercy wearing a new dress and shoes
from Grandma and Grandpa

James, age 6

Isaac, age almost 8! 

Mommy and Mercy

Us,  can you tell we are in love? :-)

I love this photo!

James, Mercy and Rachel (Grace went to a birthday party
right after church with her friends). 

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