Monday, July 12, 2010

Weekend with the Toners

Tony and I made some what of a last minute decision to go to Elk Washington for an extended weekend to see Randi, Brent, & Brenna who were there visiting Randi's family for a few weeks. It was very sweet of Lylia & Randy to send us a special invitation to come and stay at their home. Especially knowing that the other girls with significant others would be there as well, so the house was full. They provided us with the trailer, so we felt right at home.

Most of the time all together was spent around the campfire visiting. There is something about the outdoors, and a campfire that is quite soothing.
There is never too many kisses from, or given to these sweet grand babies.

Randy loved to take the grand-kids out for a walk to the garden, then soon they would come back with a carrot in one hand, and a snap pea in the other, chomping on both at times. The other special time with Papa Toner was going for a ride on the 4-wheeler, but Sadie also loves the rides, so when it is unattended she is very protective and mounts herself in position. No one dared to drive off without her.

I enjoyed watching the girls interact and strengthen the bond one with another. It's always rewarding as a parent to see grown children that like to do things together. I know it meant a lot to Lylia & Randy as well.

Tony and Brent went golfing on Friday, and Saturday, so that was a highlight for Tony to spend time with his son. (No pictures were taken)
I on the other hand enjoyed sitting back and watching everyone, but also enjoying the bonding time with Brenna on Saturday.

While the guys went golfing, Randi and her sisters went into Spokane to have a picture taken together for Lylia. The grama's enjoyed time at home with the two babies. It was a lot of fun, and I must say Brenna seemed to do very well around Chase. She would bring him toys to play with, rather than be upset if he took any of hers.
At one point after Lylia painted her toe nails Brenna was so cute to lift up her foot in front of Chase so he could see her pretty toes.
The little time that we had together was enjoyed watching how well Randi and Brent play with, and parented Brenna. Randi helped Brenna several times to use her words to express herself, rather than scream.This was one of those times of teaching. For being only 16 months she has an amazing vocabulary.

Sunday before we took off to go home I was able to get a family picture, minus Chase who was sleeping at the time. Then the remainder of the family parted ways as well to go home, or off golfing again.

How grateful I am for the time we could spend together, and for the hospitality that was shown to us.


Naomi said...

Glad y'all had a great weekend. I think that we surely missed out.

JoAnna and Zack said...

It looks like you had a great time. I wish we could have seen pictures of you and dad too though. make sure to ask someone to take them instead of always being the one behind the camera mom. loves