We had a great time this last week because of some special visitors. Dwan, Elizabeth, Josh, and Grace came to spend the week with us from Las Vegas. It was so awesome.
After a Tuesday afternoon arrival, we went sledding on Wednesday. It would have been a lot of fun, but the wind was rotten. It was terrible the way the wind whipped down the hill. As soon as I got the little ones out, they started crying emphatically and wouldn't stop. As Rinar was pulling the sled, Julia was lying face down crying her eyes out. She was not happy.
But we stayed for about an hour and had some fun. Our friends had fun and that is all that matters. But we soon were done and then we got the heck out of there.
We headed over to Lake Tahoe and ate some lunch at some dive in King's Beach. Then we went home and relaxed. Well, the boys relaxed. Elizabeth and I went shopping: Charming Charlie's, Walmart, and the Goodwill Bookstore. Elizabeth was in heaven at the bookstore and apparently I have now been assigned to be her personal book shopper. Okay, I guess I will if you are going to twist my arm.
Rinar went back to work on Thursday, and I had stuff to do, like co-op and violin lessons. So they did their own thing. Then Elizabeth helped me clean up the house and get it ready for my monthly dinner group. I was hosting this month with a theme of tapas. We hung out with the ladies, while the boys (and Grace) went to dinner and a movie.
We finished off Friday by going on a long hike together. Brown's Creek Trail goes behind our house and it was perfect. The air was crisp, the day was beautiful. Harry really wanted to go, so I decided to take him, as Josh (being a typical teenager stayed home with Julia). He is a pretty strong walker and he did well. Harry walked all the way up the mountain and then either I or Rinar carried him the rest of the way. It wasn't so bad and he had a wonderful time. I need to take the kid outside more. He loves it.
It was a joy to be able to reconnect with old friends. I hope we can do it many more times in the future.