Saturday, March 30, 2013

Regal Park Pre-Easter

The house we are living in in Olympia is too small for us. The kitchen, the lack of bedrooms, lack of closets, etc. Makes me crazy. All winter, I feel like I'm going to scream. THIS HOUSE IS TOO SMALL! And to be honest, it boils down to the kitchen. I can deal with everyone being real close and giving up the master bedroom and bathroom to the kids and sending wild boys to the garage when it's rainy and there is too much craziness inside. But when it comes to cooking for this crazy bunch, well, the kitchen is a real bummer.

BUT, (and this is a really big "but") our house is located on 140 PRIVATE acres. Our landlords live right across the "road" from us (it's actually a good thing) and there are 2 other rental houses on the property, too. The beginning of last summer, the other 2 houses became vacant. A nice couple moved into one with a now 18 month old little girl. The other house remained empty while it got a face lift all summer and fall. In December a nice family with 3 kids ages 10, 7, and 5 moved in. They are great and such an answer to prayer for us! The kids have playmates on the property now and we couldn't be more thrilled!

Our landlords threw a pizza party/Easter egg hunt for all the kiddos on the property this year and we had such a blast. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. We started the day with a baseball practice. Came home had an Easter egg hunt and then had another baseball practice later in the afternoon. After that we soaked up as much of the beautiful weather as we could. Hey, it's just the end of March. We have plenty of long, rainy weeks ahead before summer begins (officially after the 4th of July). We had a bon fire, played some basketball, pulled out the ping pong table and finally threw in some Easter egg coloring before bed. Whew! It was a fun, fun spring day.

I'm sure it takes no explaining, that despite our too small house and ridiculously too small kitchen, there is no place else I would rather be on these beautiful days. It is an absolute blessing to live here.

This is Easton's thing now. Just in case you see him do this to you while you are trying to talk to him. This is the "I'm dead". It means: 'I am feeling very overwhelmed and shy. I will not be able to respond to you anymore and I am trying not to be rude and yell something mean at you. I really do like you, but I have nothing to say."
too many pictures MOM!


Rachel said...

That looks like such a fun day! I miss your family so much!
And, um, that trampoline is really close to the fire. it looks like something we'd launch dad into. flagpoles, firepits, they are practically targets when dad and a trampoline are involved.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. Thank you so much for the great photos too. God is so good to give you a great place to live even though the kitchen is very small!! The Great Marshmellow loves you all so much!

Anonymous said...

That is a very busy weekend, of course all you needed to make it perfect would have been some fishing.
Uncle Bubba