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Laughter is Food for the Soul 
May 9, 2013 2:28 pm 
Updated: May 16, 2013 4:05 am
While Steve was home recently for my father-in-law's (his grandpa's) funeral, we managed to fit a day of fun and laughter in our schedule.  I wanted to have a simple cook-out where my parents could come over and spend some time with Steve.  We hadn't seen Steve in over a year, not since he moved 1,500 miles away to South Dakota. 

Sunday was Cinco de Mayo, but our restaurant had celebrated on Saturday as we don't have Sunday liquor sales, so I figured Federico and family would be able to come over to spend some time catching up with Steve as well.  I knew that Steve would not want to just sit around so we dug out the cornhole game.  We had just finished eating and had barely had time to begin resting our stomachs when  Federico got a phone call; the restaurant was packed and they needed help! He and Marisela left to go help out, leaving their kids behind to play with Steve. 

It was a beautiful, sunny day so Paulie the Iguana got to come to the picnic as well.  He was so happy and content to just hang out on Steve's arm and soak up some rays.  Apparently I've done a good job being the Iguana Mama, as Steve was pleased how docile Paulie was.  I assured him I spend a lot of time with him and even turn the TV on just for Paulie so he has noise in his room.  When Steve comes back in July to visit he's taking Paulie back to South Dakota. 

Steve and the kids went in the house to put Paulie away and came out with Steve's old BMX bicycle and his helmets.  Yahir is always wanting to ride that bike, but it is really too big for him.  That doesn't stop Steve from letting him give it a try.  Before you know it, Yahir is riding the bike on his own; though he didn't manage a wheelie.  Yet.

As time went on, us "older folks" continued to sit and relax.  And watch the young ones play.  If only there was a way to bottle up some of that energy!  Some mornings I could use a shot of some of their excess!  

Then, Yahir and his little sister put on the helmets and started running around, having a grand old time.  We laughed until our bellies hurt!  They looked like little martians climbing the hill into our woods, disappearing into the trees, only to reappear running down the other end into the yard. 

The next day, while Steve and I were out and about we had to make a stop at the restaurant.  The kids had just gotten home from school and were there.  They came running to Steve and then to me, saying "Nancy, please go away and leave Steve here!"  I think they had fun with him.

Tuesday morning as we pulled away from the airport, things seemed so quiet in the car.  Steve was on his way back to South Dakota and our lives were once again quiet.  But only for a couple months.  Steve will be back before we know it!
Steve with Paulie the Iguana
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It's always fun when Steve comes home!
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My Little Martians
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May 9, 2013 4:42 pm
The photo of the kids darn near made me fall off my chair it was so funny and sweet at the same time. Little goof balls! Glad you've had such a good time with your son despite the circumstances.
May 9, 2013 6:33 pm
Those 2 kids are so funny! The girl is almost 6 and the boy is almost 8; he calls her his "evil sister that is a princess".
May 9, 2013 7:14 pm
Wonderful, wonderful, photos are lovely, happy it was enjoyable.
May 9, 2013 7:16 pm
It looks like Steve had some fun even though he came home for a bereavement. I bet you can't wait until July. Those kids really are cute.
May 9, 2013 7:17 pm
Thank heavens my child does not have an iguana for me to babysit. I'm so glad you had a great visit with your son! Looks like the "adopted" grands had a great time too :)
May 9, 2013 9:17 pm
Lol, Iguana Mama. Glad you all had a good time. Looking forward to the next blog when Steve returns.
May 10, 2013 3:12 am
BSM: Steve can always find something to lighten the mood anywhere he goes and when those kids are involved you can't help but laugh a little.
May 10, 2013 3:13 am
Cat, Secretly I really like that iguana! I always wanted to have frogs, lizards, etc. for pets. When he takes him back home with him in July I will sort of miss the big guy; he's been under my care really ever since Steve went off to college in '07.
May 10, 2013 3:15 am
bd.weld - That next blog may be several different blogs - he'll be home for a good long visit and there won't be much down time.
May 10, 2013 3:23 am
wonderful blog, The kids are cute and funny. I am so glad you got to spend time just enjoying Steve, I know you miss him when he is not here.
May 10, 2013 6:37 am
Mother Ann-I love your blog. The Iguana-not so much. That is one hugh critter. My kids had hermit crabs that were always escaping. I didn't mind those little critters. I am sure you are looking forward to Steve's next visit. I can imagine there will be Steve's favorites for dinner. My son will probably be going to the big city-Denver because that is where the jobs are in Colorado. I am not looking forward to that day. I know you love having your family close to you and so do I.
May 10, 2013 10:07 am
So glad you enjoyed your son being home even if it was for a short visit. Your blogs speak loud and clear of your love for family and those like family.
May 10, 2013 1:16 pm
JoeyJoan, you are so right - I miss Steve terribly.
May 10, 2013 1:18 pm
Lela - The iguana is actually kind of cool - not real cuddly, but neat none-the-less. I will feel your pain when your son heads to Denver. But, when he comes to visit it is just that much sweeter! I'm just so glad I have my daughter nearby - I'd go nuts if both were far away!
May 10, 2013 1:18 pm
Paula - My family and friends are everything to me. Writing about our adventures is one way for me to keep those times alive. I cherish every moment spent with loved ones.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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