Does it get any better than this?
Tonight for Family Home Evening Mr. Wonderful and the kids planted five fruit trees. I've never had fruit trees before and was so excited to see them on sale at Costco. We spent some time mentally plotting out where the trees should go, where the future raspberries bushes would go, and where to put the square foot planter boxes for the garden. Then I went inside to clean up the kitchen and get our Family Night treat ready.
My window over the kitchen sink looks out into the back yard. For the first time in any house, I had a great view of the backyard as I washed the dishes that didn't fit into the dishwasher. DD and DS#3 were playing with Dear Doggie Girl, who was running like a whirlwind chasing the balls thrown to her. DS#2 helped Mr. Wonderful dig and plant the trees. DS#1 cleaned up the dog bombs in the backyard. When everyone was done there was an impromptu game of catch.
I loved my vantage point. The kids were getting along. DS#1 and DS#2 proved that they could play nicely together (who knew?). Everyone was laughing when they tromped into the house for strawberry shortcake.
Now the younger kids are cuddled up in bed with Mr. Wonderful and watching Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. DS#1 is finishing his laundry chore and then his homework. DS#2 is finishing the kitchen floor. Everyone is home. Everyone is safe. Everyone is healthy.
I spoke too soon. All is not peaceful as I can hear DS#2 squirting whipped cream directly into his mouth. *sigh* My idyllic scene is not ruined, just postponed until I can get the kids to bed.