Memorial Day

We were blessed to have Kevin's sister's family come visit over Memorial Day weekend.  Hillary, John, and sweet Baby Kathryn came over to eat and play and eat some more.  Having family in town gave us a reason to sit back, relax, and enjoy the quiet, country living we so often take for granted. 

Saturday evening we made it back from Ottumwa just in time for pizza night.  Diane had homemade pizza dough ready, as well as various toppings for us to try.  Each couple made a pizza and it was fun to sample the combinations everyone tried.  We even learned how to 'officially' stretch the pizza dough with our knuckles. 

Use those knuckles

Yummy toppings

Hillary getting her dough ready.

Luke enjoyed pushing Kathryn around in her walker.

Sunday we watched church online and had brunch at our place.  Kathryn and Luke played with Luke's toys and they both entertained us.  Pete Hise was the speaker at church and his message titled, 'What Life Are You Waiting For' was not only inspiring, but really funny.  If you click on the link above, you can watch it from your computer.  

The guys smoked a brisket all day, while doing various chores around the farm, meantime, the girls played with the babes and might have snuck in a nap or two.  We figured out the kids had matching bib overalls, so we jumped at the opportunity to have a cousin photo shoot.  They were quite cute.

We feasted on a BBQ style meal of smoked brisket and ribs, coleslaw, beans, corn casserole, and rhubarb crisp for dinner.  Yum! The rest of the night was spent entertaining ourselves with Luke getting himself wet with the hose...oh how things change once you have kids!

These two.

Best part of our weekend.

We always head to the Macedonia cemetery on Memorial Day to put flowers on graves and attend the ceremony to honor the veterans.  It was a crisp summer morning and turned out to be a beautiful day for a potluck at Gary and Diane's.  There was more food than any of us could eat and we all headed home stuffed and ready for a nap.  It was a fun-filled weekend and one I look forward to every year.  Cheers to the start of summer! 

Both Luke and Kathryn love Brown Bear!

Grandkids and Great-Grandkids with Grandpa Gerald and his tractor

The Forristall clan 

Such a cute little family

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