In Rolls April

April 4, 2009 @ 7:35 am | Filed under:

What a great week.

My parents drove out from Colorado with my sweet almost-13-year-old niece. (Thanks, sis, for letting us borrow her.) We didn’t do anything big, just hung around the house mostly, spending time together. It was lovely. My mom and dad took the four big kids shopping for Easter clothes (woohoo!), took all the kids to the park, took the big girls swimming at the hotel pool—that kind of thing, mellow and close to home. As for me, I got to putter around the house with the baby during those outings, which is exactly what I wanted to be doing.

I amused myself by twittering in rhyme in honor of Poetry Month, and I mowed my first lawn (thanks, Dad, for the lesson) and my folks did lots more work in the backyard, and we cleaned out a playhouse that was here when we moved into this rental house. We had stuck the kids’ bikes in there and they collapsed in a tangle, and there were spiders, so no one ever rode the bikes or played in the playhouse. Now it’s all clean and spider-free, and we’re going to move a kiddie table and chairs in there and some fun playthings just in time for (gulp) Rilla’s third birthday next week.

That’s right; that baby is about to be three.

My mother made fried green tomatoes with our garden’s first bounty, and we stuffed ourselves on her good cornbread and vegetable soup as we always do when she comes, because she’s the spoil-you-rotten type (and my dad is too) and always makes my favorites when she comes to visit. And they brought me a new solar pump for the birdbath to replace the one we burned out, so now the fountain is merrily arcing again, and the birds are indeed bathing, and the backyard is so pretty with the whisper of jasmine, and the daisies and roses and freesia in bloom, and the fat red geraniums, and the red and purple salvia inviting the hummingbirds to flash in and out, and the phoebe singing her name.

What a great week.

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  1. Sara says:

    Oh, can I come visit? Sit on the deck with you and the baby and drink tea and talk about books???? My place is a muddy mess.

  2. Meredith says:

    What a great week is right! Glad it was just what you wanted 🙂 Mine are all getting older this month too, sigh…Hugs to the cuties!!

  3. Penny in VT says:

    Parents rock.

    And may I say that I found myself smiling away at the visit notes, and then gasping at the beauty of your backyard. I truly think your yard blooms just because it has you to appreciate it.

  4. Melissa Wiley says:

    Sara, come on over! There’s a nice big tub of sidewalk chalk to keep the little ones entertained. 🙂

    Penny, that was such a lovely thing to say!

  5. Hannah says:

    Your parents sound like absolute gems!

  6. Barbara says:

    What beautiful things parents do. Reading your blog is one of my favorite things to do, always brings a smile. Thank you for sharing your delightful life and family!