At the temple on Saturday.

Back yard in NC - just before we finished planting.

Cutest girls in North Carolina!

We took lots of family photos after Claire's blessing on Sunday:

Heather and Mark

Laura, Travis, Sophia, Holly and Lucy

Susy, Todd, Lily and Claire


John, Amanda and Abby

Friday, 7 May 2010

What a wonderful week this has been! Last Saturday we were in the temple with four of our children and their spouses doing some family file sealings - a very sweet experience. Then, on Sunday, we were all together for the blessing of our newest grandchild, Claire Elizabeth Estes. Got some great family pictures on the temple grounds after church, then we all gathered at Susy's house and had dinner. Susy made some cupcakes for dessert and we discovered that her daughter, Lily (22 months) calls them happy cakes (as in a Happy Birthday cake.) Adorable!

On Monday and Tuesday our wonderful son-in-law, Travis, helped us with all the digging, shoveling and manual labor needed for fixing up our back yard. We'd have never been able to do it without him - and we're VERY pleased with the results.

Susy's husband, Todd, is growing lots of strawberries (a.k.a. straw"babies" - per Lily) in their garden this year. Laura's three girls and Lily had a good time picking and eating them and I wish I had taken pictures of them in the strawberry patch.

We've accomplished nearly everything we planned to do at the townhouse this week and got to spend precious time with children and grandchildren. Delightful!

AND, we got to visit a bit with good friends in the area. Loved seeing them and catching up with things in their lives.