Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Labor Day has quite a violent history and I am thankful that I did not have to live during that tumultuous time. 
For us, Labor Day marks the ending of Summer break and the beginning of the new school season.
When our children were growing up we would spend our Labor Day at Grandpa and Grandma Waite's house having a hamburger fry and playing croquet in the front yard.  What great memories! We have often times gathered as a family for a chance to be together and many times play the traditional croquet game (until it got too fragile and we didn't dare use it any more).
This year it truly was a LABOR Day!! Julie, Tyler and Gracie came and so did Jeff, Jess and Sawyer. There was a LOT of work to do in the yard getting it ready for a new lawn.
We prepped the yard by having 8 nasty pine trees cut down by a friend of ours at church
From this...
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and this...

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This was only one of the piles of logs that we gave away to some very happy campers.
Our friend took away all the brush and had a big bon fire of his own.
 Saturday, Dale rented a stump grinder and even the neighbors dog had to check out his work.
Next summer we have plans for a small garden right there.
We had work for all ages.  Tyler and Gracie pitched in and even found it to be fun when we are all working together
Gracie always has to get in some ballet style moves with everything she does LOL!!
 Dad helped out by shucking all the corn for our dinner
And mom pitched in to wash the potatoes for baking
I should have taken a picture of the delicious steaks that we grilled for supper, but by this time we were all so extremely exhausted that taking a picture was the last thing I was thinking about. However I did get a picture earlier of the yummy Salted Caramel Twix Cupcakes that I made for our dessert.
You can get the recipe on Pinterest by clicking HERE.  The Salted Caramel Sauce is amazing and so simple to make.
Hope you all had a much more relaxing Labor Day than us, but I wouldn't trade it for the world, seeing my children help with such willing hearts.
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