SundayOur first full day together was pretty relaxing with Sunday morning and early afternoon being spent with brothers and sisters in the Lord which was a blessing and encouragement. And then the rest of the afternoon was spent out at Ryan's place looking at everything (everyone but Leah and I, that is, as we stayed home to put together dinner.) This was the first time that Ashley and her family had seen the house 'in person', so it was exciting for everyone!
Monday the guys spent most of the day out working while we ladies and Sawyer spent the morning visiting local antique stores. We have somewhat of a 'tradition' that whenever we get together, we try to fit in at least a little bit of antiquing. :) And as usual, we had so much fun! We also went grocery shopping to get some things for an unexpected trip . . . Saturday evening, which was the night the Castlebury's arrived, we received word that our Aunt Frances (my Dad's aunt), who we were quite close to, had unexpectedly passed away. So Dad and Mom were going to go up to the funeral and Leah and I decided to go with them. It's a nine to ten hour drive one way, so we went up on Tuesday and came back on Wednesday after the funeral and luncheon (and there will be more about all that in a later post.)
After all of our errands were run on Monday morning, we brought lunch out to the guys . . .
Tuesday and Wednesday
While we were gone, Ashley took some photos of the work done on the house, and now the metal roofing is all on! Talk about exciting!!! Great job, guys!
Mr. Castlebury and Sayre working on cutting the metal roofing (it was so loud that they had to wear ear protection while doing this.)
Just about every day while the guys were out working, we ladies would bring out lunch for them and spend some time out there. Mom and Mrs. Castlebury were usually the ones to put it together . . .
And when we weren't out at Ryan's place or out antiquing/running errands, Leah, Ashley and I had such wonderful times together doing things like taking care of outside chores, talking together (what wonderful conversations we had!) and playing piano duets . . .
And of course, playing with Sawyer and reading him stories, too. :)
And in addition to all of this, Mrs. Castlebury helped me do 'surgery' on an old Montgomery Ward sewing machine that I had gotten for hardly anything at a garage sale. The motor and all ran smoothly once Ryan had tightened up the belt, but something was wrong with the bobbin/shuttle area. After some work and research on the internet, we figured out the problem . . . a broken gear! (Thank you for your help, Mrs. Castlebury, in figuring this out!) I also had finished the mock-up for my bridesmaids dress, so Ashley and Mrs. Castlebury took a look at it to see what changes needed to be made . . . now it's time to start on the 'real' dress!
Then, of course, there were all the wonderful conversations, the laughter and teasing, the walks, taking care of the animals, and much more! And for Ryan and Ashley, lots of wedding planning, house planning, and things along those lines, too. :)
To be continued . . .