It was fun, it was full and it was fast! It feels like my folks just got here for Easter and they're already home again safe and sound. We had a wonderful time with them while they were here. The kids were super excited and couldn't wait to see Gramma, Grampa, Auntie Karina and especially Trooper.
They arrived Friday afternoon and since we were tied up with our church's Easter Conference, they headed over to Red's,a local restaurant for supper. We were supposed to call them when we were done but decided to pop over to the restaurant instead. I couldn't have planned the scene better, all three of them were completely engrossed with what was going on on the giant flat screen TV on the wall, and failed to notice my entrance. The opportunity was just too good to pass up. With a goofy smile, I stealthily tiptoed over to their table. Forgetting that I was in a public place, I reached out and tickled my parents while exclaiming, "Boogedy, boogedy, boogedy!" My mother screamed, my father and sister jumped and I laughed heartily. Then I noticed the other restaurant patrons and apologized, sensing that the essence of my prank may have been lost on them.
After they had finished their meal they joined us back at our place and we celebrated Christmas and Emma-Lyn's birthday. My folks were supposed to come over at Christmastime but we were all in the middle of snowmageddon at that time. The kids loved having second Christmas and were thrilled with the new construction set they received. It's like giant Tinker Toys and we made a tent that the kids immediately filled with their stuffies. And I must admit I was the biggest kid in there working away with the toys. I think I may have to get my own set.
On Saturday morning we took Trooper for a walk, talked a lot and celebrated Easter with lots of chocolate! Gramma Hope brought over a turkey and some fixings and we got the veggies on and enjoyed a scrumptious dinner. Grammie Peric and Auntie Linda also joined us for dinner which was lovely. There is nothing so nice as having your extended family in your home for a meal. I remember many such occasions in my childhood home and they have made a lasting impression and I'm grateful to share those same kind of precious moments with my own children.
On Sunday morning we all made our way to church and enjoyed a morning of fellowship and worship. It was a wonderful way to wrap up an incredible weekend. I am so thankful for my family who would make the long trek around to visit for the weekend and for warm spring days that make such visits possible. Most importantly I am thankful for my Saviour who knows that though I am a bruised reed, He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench. Isaiah 42:3
This afternoon we took the opportunity to stop in at MacPhee's Orchard and check out their maple syrup operation. What a heavenly aroma greeted us upon entering the sugar shack And yes, we took some maple syrup home with us!