I may have already said this, but when we bought our house, we realized it was much bigger than we needed, but we also knew that it was God's plan for our family. So, we decided to make the best of it by trying to make it a gathering place, a home of fun and love. It didn't take long for our vision to become reality!! About a week after moving in, my parents, Gramma Karen and Papa Lund, came to visit, along with Great Grandma Frazier. YAY!!! We had plenty of room for everyone, and when we all gathered for family dinners, we fit just fine!!!
It was a beautiful visit. For Family Home Evening on Monday night, we listened and recorded all the grandparents telling stories from their childhoods. That was priceless. We come from a mighty lineage, and their power and experiences make us who we are. I loved it, and the kids were entranced!!
Grandma Frazier has such a beautiful healing energy, I used to look forward to her visits as a child because that meant a Grandma Massage!! Archie was having one of his meltdowns, and she just bent over and laid her hand on him. She didn't say anything, or move it at all, she just rested it there. Her calming love was perfect. I was so happy to capture the moment.
For so long, we only got to see my grandmother at her beautiful California home once a year, so it was so special to have her in MY home for once!! She would mostly just observe, but it was so nice to know she was here.
After the grandparents left, Aunt Juliet cam to stay for a business meeting!! SWEET, ANOTHER GATHERING!! We always love when Aunt Juliet comes because she pays such special and focused attention to each child...something that, as a mother, I often forget to do. Thank you for your example, Juliet!!
Once all the guests left us, we had to make our own fun, so we went to play at some parks.
HAPPY-HEART MOMENT!!! Big brothers are the BEST!!
Lucy got to play volleyball league this spring, and it was SOOOOO fun to watch!! She is tall, and she is strong, and she is amazing!!!
And, a gratuitous Archie picture just because I think sleeping babies are cute.
The kids ran in their 3rd district-wide fun-run, I always love to see them run!!
Then we headed down to Utah for Dad's Marathon. Harmony took them to get their hair painted while we waited :)
Here's the big finisher!!! We always love to see him race too!!
Of course, we had to enjoy the hotel pool while Dad recovered from his race. These trips aren't all hard work you know!