Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Family Day

Yesterday morning, we stopped by our church. I had to drop off some mac & cheese I had made. The church was full of volunteers ready to begin a day of service. This is something I'd like to do next year. Our MLK day this year was already booked. We went over to New Jersey to visit with Rob's mom and his sisters. And of course, all the cousins.

We met his mom and one of his sisters at an outlet mall. I can't tell you the last time I went shopping--even window-shopping. It was a treat. I didn't buy anything--and one of the side-effects of being crafty is that I spent more time studying the construction of the garments than the price tags. I can see that the trend for spring appears to be RUFFLES. I think I'm going to be having lots of fun with my sewing machine this spring!

The kids wanted me to take their picture, but first they all had to jockey for position on the tiny kiddie ride.

After we left the outlet mall, we went to my sister-in-law's house. While we were there, Rob and my brother-in-law moved the live Christmas tree. This was funny to watch. Since it was warm and the ground was nice and squishy from all the rain, they went ahead and planted it!

While they were planting the tree, I went down to the barn to visit Cori's chickens. There are a couple of roosters, and their "cock-a-doodle-doo's" are just so funny! NONE of the kids came down to the barn. They really missed out.

And we ended our visit with a family trip over to the cemetery. Rob's dad passed away eleven years ago today. His grandparents and an aunt are also buried at this cemetery, so we paid our respects to all the family members.
So our visit yesterday ended on a somber note. But on the way home the kids were full of questions about Rob's dad and about Aunt Shirley (whom they never met). It was nice to get to tell some stories about family members who are dearly missed.


Kristyn Knits said...

It's so important to tell the stories of loved ones who have passed on, and how quickly the memories start flooding in! sounds like it was a perfect family filled day!

Meredith said...

I know it was a bittersweet day...thanks for sharing with us.