I spent much of the weekend away from the computer, which was both pleasant and refreshing. Saturday we held a little family birthday celebration for Naomi; my mother, brother, sister, and her two small sons traveled up from Louisville to join us. We had a good time, and Cecilia and Naomi got to play with some of their friends. A good time was had by all. The day before, we had lunch with my dad, as he and his wife and daughter were traveling through on their way to Chicago. So Naomi got a three-day birthday celebration. She was very excited; she kept singing "Happy Birthday To You" intermittently throughout the weekend.
Sunday we did something special. Three years ago, we planted a tree on Cecilia's first birthday; since then, we've moved into a bigger house. The woman who bought the house had contacted us to say that she didn't want the tree in her front yard and offered to let us move it. Crystal arranged with her church to have us plant it there, replacing a tree that had been downed in a storm. Yesterday was the big move. We dug the tree up, moved it to the churchyard, and planted it. It was hard work, of course, the more so as we had to deal with lots of tree roots (from a large neighboring tree going out and the remnants of the dead tree going in). But now Cecilia's tree is not only moved, but it's in a place where once again she can visit it regularly. And next year we can see about donating a tree to the church for Naomi on her birthday.
Cecilia and Naomi were both wonderful all weekend, despite the level of activity (Naomi was so tired after Saturday, she slept until 9:30 Sunday morning -- almost three hours later than ususal!). In fact, I was so pleased by Cecilia's wonderful behavior at Omi's party that I took them both out for an ice-cream cone after denner.
Moving on to more recent topics, things are starting to pick up at work. Blogging is going to be light today.