Sunday, March 15, 2009

Weekend Visitors

My second oldest daughter, Ashlyn, came home for a visit this weekend! That means we spent all day Thursday cleaning and disinfecting the "hospital" (house) from the flu epidemic! Friday, I went to SAMS club and stocked up on food for the month, and then made Pan Buckeyes and Homemade Pizza for supper! (Obviously, it wasn't a low calorie weekend!)

The pizzas were sooo good! I made the dough using Ashlyns' favorite recipe and prepared a bunch of tasty toppings -- pepperoni, italian sausage, peppers, onions, roma tomatoes, etc. I also put together a Philly Cheese Steak pizza, which was my personal favorite! YUM!

We timed the pizzas perfectly, as they were just getting out of the oven when Ashlyn arrived about 7:30 pm. The children were so glad to see her!!!

Especially Bethany, who is her special "honey" . . . .

But what a surprise when not only Ashlyn got out of her car, but three of their good friends from SC -- Joel, Abby and Bekah! :)

Abby and Bekah wanted to surprise Hannah for her 12th birthday, which is coming up later this month! Abby and Hannah are about the same age.

And Joel and Luke are about the same age . . . but not the same size, as you can see below!

Speaking of size, this is what it looks like for a "shortie" like me to be surrounded by all the big men in my life!! I'm 5'4" and my sons and husband range from 6'3" to 6'10"!!!

I love this picture of my oldest daughter, Tiffany. Isn't she beautiful??

Once we got everyone settled inside, we sat down to a delicious feast of homemade pizza! After supper, Tiffany organized a game night. Here we are playing Last Word, which ended up being totally Crazy and LOUD!!

Saturday morning, we went to Luke's baseball game, which was not the optimal game for Ashlyn to go see, as Luke got walked twice (no hits) and his team got creamed 13-3!! :(

I Love this snapshot of Joel and Luke at the game! Aren't they the cutest little boys?

After the baseball game and lunch, the girls went shopping and the boys played war -- both on the computer and in the back yard! Then, those crazy kids actually went swimming in the pool!!! It was only 70 degrees out, and the water was probably about the same temperature, which is at least 15 degrees too cold for me! I didn't think they would stay in long, but they did! Then, they warmed up in the hot tub. Ever seen so many kids in a hot tub???

Josh, our chef extraordinaire, smoked some leg quarters for supper. Not only did they taste delicious, but the smell was incredible! For supper, we had smoked chicken, creamy cheese grits, and sauteed green beans. It was a wonderful feast!

After playing baseball and war, going shopping and swimming, eating lots of good food, watching movies, and eating huge bowls of ice cream, everyone enjoyed a good night's rest . . .

Sunday was a rush of getting ready and going to church, getting Sunday dinner on the table, eating and cleaning up, taking pictures and packing, and before we knew it, our weekend visitors were on their way back to SC and our weekend fun was over. Now, there is a void in our home and in our hearts . . .


The Fugate's said...

Everyone looks wonderful! Your girls are so beautiful, just like their Momma :) I miss those days of spending time with your precious family...the years go by so fast.

busymomof10 said...

You are so right! The years go by way too fast! Can you believe those ginormous sons I have??? And Tiffany 23 (nearly 24) and a teacher? And you a momma of three children, is that right? Where did the years go? I miss the fun times we used to have with your family! Your mom was such a precious friend and we used to love talking for hours about biblical womanhood and homeschooling!! Those were the simple days and I miss them terribly! Give your mom a big hug for me!!!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks like you had a great weekend of fun, food, and fellowship! I wish I could have been there too! We miss being near your family!! :)

Amy said...

I love all of the pics of your beautiful/handsome children!

Swimming in March?? Yikes! I don't even want to swim in May--the pool water is still too cold! Brave, adventurous kids! :)

Kathy - mom of many said...

What a fun weekend! I love Tiffany's dimples, she really is beautiful. I have decided to make homemade pizza every Friday...your recipe sounds good, I'll have to give it a try and see if it works out better than the one I use. It's okay but not great.

pinkcamojeep said...

Wow. What a wonderful weekend!! I wish we played games more often. I really need to try and work that in : )

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