The weather here right now is beyond beautiful really. The days are just around 80 degrees or even a little below. The grass is greeen. The skies are perfect blue with the floaty, soft, white clouds. The weather is just the perfect fit for a family of 14 to have a wonderful weekend in the backyard!
Today I went to the store and got all the special things to make the weekend over the top. I got tomatoes for bacon and tomato sandwiches. I got KoolAid coolers, which are perfect since Zeeky still doesn't drink out of straws. I got caramel apples with sprinkles on them. I got "push ups" and "cookie covered cones of ice cream". I got chocolate (of course since you can't have fun without chocolate). I got those cups of yummy stuff that Julianne (as well as everyone else) adores from the yogurt section.
Tonight I played wiffle ball with the kids. It was an interesting game. I was designated (by Dayton who asked me to play) as on Dayton's team. I warned him that I am not good and haven't played a game where I had to run bases in a long time, but he said he didn't care if we lost as long as I played. (So sweet to be loved like that, so I couldn't possibly say no.) Crystal was on Brent's team. Denzell designated himself the "pitcher" for both teams. (I can see this to be a good position since you don't have to run!) The only other two kids who would usually play hadn't completed their school work (Forrest turned into the 11 year old who whines rather than works and Jose went back to food wars at lunch.) Needless to say, they were wearing a path in our grass walking between to fences, so the teams were a little "small" tonight.
I am pleased to say that Dayton and I WON! He said I was pretty good. That is quite a compliment from the kid who runs the bases so fast that I lose him. lol He really did carry the team most certainly, but I hit a few balls, got on a few bases, and even SLID onto one. I am so glad that they embraced me even though I am not very good. I have promised to play with them again tomorrow, since Crystal and Dayton said that it was the best game ever because I played. I am praying that I can walk, because sliding to get to 2nd base didn't feel overly great. lol
They had such a good time and I can't wait to spend the rest of the weekend with this crew. I had "glow sticks" which are always a hit. They held them on strings and bounced on the trampoline which was a hillarious sight. They ran around with them and it looked like there were small fireworks going off in the backyard. I had candy for them after dinner. They said that Brent made his best burgers ever on the grill (which pleased him since they are always giving him a hard time, as am I, about burning everything).
To tell you what all went on in that backyard would take a very long time. I'm sure you can get the picture. Lots of kids running, playing, giggling, chasing, climbing, swinging, bouncing, eating, and LOVING. I am so very blessed!