Friday, August 28, 2009

We Have Such Great Kids

Shortly after 6:00 a.m. on a morning last weekend, the Mister and I woke up to the sounds of children in our living room. We knew they were coming, but had expected them to come quietly in the middle of the night, and then sleep until about noon.

They had different plans though, and arrived ready to start the day. But first the event called for gathering on the front deck to watch the sun come up and enjoy some coffee and conversation.

We were rewarded by a magnificent morning, with the a beautiful sunrise in the east.
If you've wondered about my numbering system, it goes oldest to youngest. Making it home this weekend were #1 daughter and sons #2, 3 and 4, along with one significant other and one dog.

While the breakfast casserole baked in the oven, we enjoyed the changing light and planned the weekend ahead.
That weekend included installing a metal roof on the two garages that the Mister and I, with a little help from our friends had de-shingled over the last couple of weeks. Now we were getting some help from friends AND family in getting the job finished.
Before I left for my job, all of them were them were hard at work.
By the time I returned after a short day at work, they were putting the finishing touches on the projects.
A job like this takes a lot of supervision to make sure it's done right. The boys are working while the Dads are giving hints and tips learned years ago when the tables were turned and it was their fathers looking over their shoulders.
Supposedly a tin roof will never have to be replaced again, so let the next hail storm come! Hopefully it's true, because roofs in Sutherland aren't very old, with hail hitting some parts of town about every year. We see more and more roofs being replaced with tin.

And the work wasn't done yet. The next day, after bribing them with another hot breakfast, I cajoled them into teaming up to wash my windows.
There's a lot of windows, and each one has to be taken apart to be washed. They are old windows, so it's quite a job, but my kids are up to the task.
As you can see, they were very meticulous, and the end result was just fantastic. I highly recommend their work.
Their trip home wasn't all work and no fun... For the fun, you'll have to wait for the next post, but we did manage to have a good time.  The pictures are already uploaded, I just have to complete telling the story behind them, then I'll be ready to share.

The kids who didn't make it home for this weekend, #1 son and #2 daughter are in California celebrating the engagement of the #1 son and planning the wedding that will take place in Idaho next spring. We miss them, and are hoping that we'll have the chance for our rapidly expanding family to all get together then.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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