My pictures didn’t turn out just great from Mal’s party this evening – my batteries were getting low so I couldn’t use the flash – but did get this sweet one of her with her dad, as she was going around the room when she first walked in, thanking everyone for being there. That’s their friend JT and his son Kameron standing next to them.
I did love the way this one of her with her family turned out. It was just a fun night with our special girl.
What a fun day we had today. Clover schools are on spring break this week, so I took the four Clover grandkids, along with my friend Sherry and her grandson Will, to Dan Nicholas Park in Salisbury, NC. I’d been there a couple of times YEARS ago, and it was even more fun that I remembered it being. There was maybe the nicest playground I can remember seeing in a long time, and all along one side of it were these great rocks for Mason and Will to climb on 🙂
There were several playground areas around, including this Noah’s Art themed one outside the Wildlife area. You’ll notice there’s a little boy in there in an orange shirt that we don’t know. That’s because he just climbed up in the boat with our crew & said he wanted to be in the picture, too 🙂
We finally got to the barnyard, where there was a sign on the miniature donkey’s pen that the animals might bite, but Clara was unconcerned. It was just a good, good day.
Easter is such a precious day, and is made even more so for us by getting to spend it with these guys. We had our traditional family photo shoot as soon as everyone got to our house after church, before everyone changed into their play clothes.
Here are Jeff’s brother Dennis, sister-in-law Cinnamon, and nephew Derek, who always join us for the day (and bring that killer corn casserole). Allison is away at college. It was just a great day.
This morning was our Easter egg hunt at church. Truly this is the only decent picture I got of the entire event – the loving cousins :-). It was a good time, though, and such a good turnout. Several families from the community were there, which is always exciting.
Wednesday afternoon Kimbrell & I picked just Mason up from school – June was on a field trip that day with her class, to the state house and state museum in Columbia. So Mase had a chance to do some crafting – we made paper doll chains, except with Easter themes – Easter bunnies, baskets, Easter eggs. Here he is coloring one of his. Fun afternoon.
Today when I picked Mallory and Clara up from school, we went by Joe and Sandy’s to see the lambs. They were so cute! They were too skittish to let us pet them, unless we happened to reach down just as they were scampering by, but the mama was fine with us petting her. So spring-time-ish!
Then this evening was a program at the auditorium here in town – the Young Irelanders. Traditional Irish music, clogging, the whole big – it was just so, so good. There have really been some good shows this year.
Tonight a few of us went to church to start making preparations for the Easter Egg hunt next Saturday. Meg had asked if I would bring Mallory and June and Clara and Mason to help flower the cross. I did a poor job of communicating with their mothers, though, and Clara still is not feeling great, so it was just June and Mase. They did a great job, though. There were a few of us adults there stuffing eggs and goody bags for the hunt, and Meg & I went over occasionally to check on June and Mase, and they were really doing a good job. Meg is going to finish the top part that they couldn’t reach even standing in chairs 🙂
Yesterday morning was the Rosewood Elementary, Charlie & Adam’s school, pancake breakfast fundraiser at Fatz restaurant in Rock Hill. June had spent the night with us the night before after we went to the play at Narroway, so she headed over with us, and we met Addie, Lee, & Mase there. They looked so cute all sitting together while we were waiting on Jenny and the boys to arrive – Andrew was on a big run with his F3 group, on a relay from Columbia to Charleston – that I tried to get their picture. It didn’t turn out great, since they were right in front of the window, but it was a good way to kick off the day, and a yummy breakfast!
Last night June and I, along with Meg and Hope, headed to Fort Mill to Narroway Theater, to see their Easter play, The Lord of Light. It was very well done, but not exactly what I was expecting – lots of scenes of Hell. It did say in the literature that it was the story of what happened to Jesus during the time he was in the tomb, so I guess that shouldn’t have been a surprise. We also had communion during the scene about the last supper, which was something we hadn’t done at any of their plays before. Here is June afterwards, with one of the angels who fought Satan during His time in Hell. As always, the play was very well done. And of course my favorite part was the part about creation, which they did with puppets and black lights – very cool. Another good evening.