Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A family night to remember!

We had plans to have family night with our good friends, the Allens. I forgot that Ann-Elise had her doctor's appointment too, so I was in a mad rush to get everything prepped and ready early in the day so it would all get done. So, as I was sitting in the front room reading last night, waiting for dinner to finish cooking, I looked out the window and saw my friend Lisa drive up. I thought it was odd. She hadn't mentioned anything about stopping by and it is unusual for her to just "stop by". She wasn't getting out of her vehicle very quickly either, so I walked out to her. I asked her what she was doing "Oh, just feeding Charlie (her baby). " Um, ok. I asked her what she'd been doing and we chatted for about 10 minutes at her car. All of the sudden, here comes a red truck with trees in the back. I just looked... "What is Todd (her husband) doing here? And why are there a bunch of trees in the back of the truck?" Then, here comes another friend, Scott. With bark. They came to "make over" our yard! Trees, plants, bark and all! The Allen's got here soon after and they unloaded and Joe started to help Todd, Scott and Mike. Then Scott's wife comes with a big bowl of cookie dough (Bridget is known for her amazing cookies!). All together, we had 18 kids here. However, you'd never know it! The guys finished the yard in about an hour! It was amazing. How cool is that?

We ate dinner (a little late) with the Allens and had a great meal. Then we had our family home evening lesson on choosing the right. It was amazing. It was one of the best nights I've had in a long time in many different ways! I feel so blessed to have such amazing friends. Those that come and donate their time and resources, and those who are my friends! Thanks to you all!!!

Once again, these pics are in the wrong order.  Sorry!

The finished product on one side of the front yard.  You can't really see all the cool little plants.  I'll have to take some more pics to day, in the light.

My lilac tree and some plants under my front window.

I'm not sure what these are called.  But it's all cool!

The front walk way.

Kids playing and the guys almost done.

Getting the last of the bark.

The kids working hard.   They were a great help!

Spreading bark.

Are these girls cute, or what?  Chloe, Adrie and Lucy.

The kids all played so well together!

Calie's a little helper girl.  What a little trooper!

More bark!

Digging holes and more holes and more holes...

Todd planting my "friendly neighbor" tree

A nice shot of Mike's back end!

Planting, digging and bark what fun!

Work, work, work.  But man, it looks great!


Brynn said...

How cool is that?! You do have some amazing friends! I can't wait to come see everything that was done, I'm sure it looks great.

Shirlene said...

Wow, how do you rate??? That's amazing. You must have some incredible friends. It looks like you guys did a lot of work! It looks great!

mimi said...

How exciting!...I bet it looks so beautiful! Great friends are such a blessing. They must think the world of you and your family:) I'm so happy for you!!!:):)