There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Where do I begin?

I'll begin with today.

No one will ever call me the plant hand of death. Lookie, lookie! I actually grew myself and Sweet Williams!!!!!

The satellite was out for weeks......from about the 23rd of July until yesterday. All we heard from HughesNet was it's a post problem, it's a post problem. Here is the post in February. Not one problem until early added two more cemented in posts and a series of cross posts to prevent "torsion and movement" as the HughesNet geek said. Yup, Steve and I did this ourselves......I think we are pretty handy and no one can blame the post ever again.
Now for the wonderful stuff....the kids visit. Seems it started with a terrific plane trip.

They landed safely and had with them luggage for all, a car seat and the coveted racing bike.
Steve and I were just happy to be sharing air space with Gil.....why are we standing so far apart? The air must have been thin that day.
Lots of events with Papa. Sachi had to explore the terrain to be sure it was a good fishin' spot.

She was excited to get started I think.
Spencer had a great time. Is he the cutest grandson in the world or what?
Papa and Spencer shared a few guy moments......Papa was the happiest this day.
There was a trip to Grouse Creek where they climbed rocks and played in the water.
A long drive to Montana to the Ross Cedar Groves.
Then a visit to the Litehouse Cheese Factory.
Their days began with bird feeding....Spencer was the man to go to for peanuts.
Pretty good peanut filler upper that Spencer.

Sachiko was the deer corn person....Papa said she was perfect with amounts in the pans. She had the whole routine down from filling the bucket the night before with the next days rations to the pan filling. A Bambi had dessert in my flower garden after a tasty breakfast of corn.

The pool was a flop....our ground water was freezing and it wasn't until the last day they were here it warmed up. But, by then the wasps had taken over and were doing laps.
Remember Sachi's Sweet Sixteen apple tree that we thought had broken in half in the snow? It didn't, but some very hungry winter creature managed to eat the bark off of the tree and it didn't survive. Sachi said goodbye to her special tree.

And then she planted another; a green delicious apple.
Spencer planted his peach tree and both of the kids helped Papa plant his pluot tree.
There were relaxing times with Violet and a variety of Webkinz.
Time spent in the hammock with Daddy.

Walks in the forest were special.
Little shoes outside the door made me cry.

They made forts with Gigi's Lincoln Logs....yes, they are mine. Seems I was denied as a child from receiving male toys.
The million dollar road/racing bike stood guard outside the door. Gil rode a lot while he was here.
And there were other rides as well. Sachi is quite the tractor navigator.....umm, Spencer...seems the vote isn't in quite yet.

There was a trip to the dump......that's a story all by itself.
And best of all there were grandchildren that danced their way further into our hearts.
That I love this family beyond words is true....and then some. Of course my heart cracked a little more after they were always does when I leave my kids. But, we had a glorious time and Steve and I are planning a trip to California in November for our birthdays. This is for you Gil, Mariko, Sachi and Spencer. Never doubt for a minute how much I love you all. I miss your voices in the morning, seeing Gil at the stove, hearing Mariko whistle with joy and those sticky hand hugs and kisses.


Barb said...

What super pics. They truly show the joy in all. Goodbyes are never happy when they are your own kids and grandkids. Bet Steve got lots of exercise while they were there.

Shammickite said...

What a delightful family... and you make it abundantly clear that you love them all so much. You all had a blast, that little Spencer is a sweetie, and Sachi is just gorgeous. Nice to see you in one of the pics too.... you're usually the one behind the camera!

jan said...

A very lovely family (including you and Steve, of course). Sachi and Spencer are definitely, well, the second greatest grandchildren in the world. :-)

Isn't it nice to have such a marvelous place to entertain everyone. Love the pictures.

CRAIG and DIANE said...

The post was well worth the wait....Was nice to see you smiling so brightly in the photo. Sounds like a grand time was had by all.

Mom said...

wonderful pictures. Family is what life worth the livin'. It looks like you guys jammed a whole lot of joy into a little time.

madretz said...

awww! My heart is melting now, too! The kids are adorable! And the love you have for them, your son and DIL just pours out in your words. I'm so glad they have you.

I totally get the heart cracking after the parting...after a week with the nephews at our hideaway, I always get in a bit of a sad funk for over a week afterwards.

kenju said...

Lots of wonderful photos, Rosemary! The children are so adorable; I know you loved being with them.

Rhea said...

That was a sweet interlude.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

With such sweet faces, it'd be hard to get a bad shot! Glad you all had so much fun. :-)

Jennie said...

Oh, it looks like a wonderful time. Such cute kids...and grandkids. ;) Heart-warming post!

cs said...

How fabulous--wasn't sure when you were coming back to blog land...that darn HNeT

What wonderful kids and G adorable. You made their summer special and they filled your hearts. What true grace and blessings you got from God this summer! yeahhhhh

more cowbell said...

wonderful pics, rosemary. The close up of Sachi on the fishing day is beautiful. And the little shoes? Shoot, looking at baby shoes is the whole reason Male Offspring came into being. So glad you got to spend some time w/ them. I wish we could afford to fly out and visit my folks.

Jerry in Tampa said...

LOVE the images Rosemary - looks like a GRAND time had by all! Hold tight to these precious moments - I, too feel my heart crack when my incredible children ( and now grand children ) leave....

Jerry in Tampa

Kimberly Ann said...

Best Pictures Ever. :-)

Lorraine said...

Oh, those kids are just marvelous. How fun for you!