First, I want to thank each and every one who left me encouraging words, prayers, and generous comments. Throughout the busy weekend I would check in once in awhile to my blog and to visit others and I was so touched by your kindness.
Although I think I will be grappling with myself on this subject for awhile, I want you to know how much you have helped me. Thank you.
Our weekend was busy but lots of fun. On Saturday we had a pool party, and most of the morning was spent setting up, guests came at one o'clock, everyone ate, drank, and talked for awhile. Then some of the group braved the cold temperature of the pool for a game of volleyball, I was not one of them. I hadn't prepared any food for dinner ahead of time so I cooked while everyone was in the pool. My sister Diane also opted not to go in and she very kindly helped me in the kitchen.
It was also my niece Erika's birthday (she turned twenty-three) so we had a birthday cake for her for dessert (actually two cakes, my sister-in-law bought her an ice cream cake, and Ray had picked up a bakery cake for her).
Here are a few pictures of the day:
Here's the birthday girl!
Look who's in the baby pool!
You will all be so proud of me, I did not say one word when Donald and Ray decided to play volleyball with Jayden (as the volleyball!).
Mia all ready for the pool!
Mia in the baby pool...
...with everyone else!
Donald and Susie (Ray's brother and sister).
Brian reading to Mia.
Happy Birthday, Erika!
Erika cutting her cake.
"Hey! Hey! I want a bigger piece!" (Poor Erika! There's one in every crowd! And our one is usually Uncle Donald!)
Mia on Daddy's shoulders admiring Jayden's art work.
A long line for cake.
Erika enjoying her cake(s).
I think everyone had a good time. And after everyone left Ray was great and collected everything that was outside and brought it in for me. And he had cleaned up after dinner too, so that was nice.
It was late by the time the last guests left so we slept in a little Sunday morning. It was such a beautiful day so we went to the cemetery and weeded and cleaned up the graves a little.
Then we did some food shopping and when we got home Brian was here, and we ordered pizza for lunch, then Ray and I went for a walk, we stopped at the park and sat by the water, it was beautiful and there was a cool breeze coming off the water. The park was crowded with lots of people sitting on blankets on the grass, lots of people sitting on the benches, lots of dogs, and lots of kids. It was really nice. I was sorry I didn't bring my camera, it was really pretty sitting under the bridge with the boats going by. When we got back I finished putting things away from the party and then I did a little more decoupage on a dresser I'm working on.
It was a great weekend, a nice Gift from God.
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