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In the days after they left I kept finding little left-behind reminders around the house,
Last summer Tom re-did our brick patio, one of the by-products of which project was a multiple-mounded pile of dirt left sitting in our backyard, its removal having been relegated to the someday-to-do list. When we learned that Maria and Justin and the girls would be coming I voiced my wish that the backyard be cleared of the dirt pile before they arrived. But, to my disappointment, that did not happen and the dirt pile was still there when they arrived.
As it turned out, that pile of dirt was love at first sight with my grand daughters. The dirt pile ended up being their favorite place to be and they probably spent more time playing in the dirt than anywhere else in- or outside of the house. They and their clothes spent much time in a very dirty but happy state.
One time I looked out the back door and saw that the girls had managed to climb on top of the mulch bags, and were sitting, one with her arms wrapped around the other's waist, singing "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin."
One morning during the family bike ride my grand daughters caught sight of a little stand set up by several neighborhood children from which the children were seeking to sell pieces of rubber band jewelry to passers by.
As we had two birthdays in June, Tom's and our younger grand daughter's, we decided to have a joint birthday party on June 14, a cookout to which we invited Tommy and Emily, and for which occasion we set up the canopy that I used to use at summer arts events where I sold my books and photos,
5. The Outdoor Dinner Concerts
So much did we all enjoy the birthday party that for the next few weekends we got together with Tommy and Emily for dinner concerts in our back yard,
Dinner was an old-school event each night, all of us eating together,
7. Sunday Morning Breakfasts With Piggy Pancakes
Sunday was pancake breakfast day.
8. The Anniversary Celebration.
On July 7 Maria and Justin celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary
And then two days later the magical messy month was suddenly over and we were all saying good-bye,