Alec came over to change his oil. I have appreciated how Trent has taught the boys how to fix and maintain a car. When Alec's new car spilled oil all over the driveway, Alec was good to come back and clean it up. He stayed for a bit and we ended up all eating hamburgers in the kitchen together - 12 of us with Grandma Jeanne that day. It so warms my mother-heart to be together.
We were driving home from a late-night family gathering in the big van. I love being in our big van, even though I don't particularly like driving our giant, unwieldy van - because it means we can be all together. Something is missing when we have to take two or three cars instead. Eddie started saying things in a British accent that evidently wasn't quite up to snuff. Before long, David, Chris, and Ben were all criticizing his attempt, but each fake accent was different than the one before. I think we all ended up in giggles at all those bad accents. British giggles, mind you.
When someone does an especially good job on a school paper or artwork, we hang in on the refrigerator. I was pleasantly surprised when Chris asked at the end of his senior year if he could put his well-done-paper one the fridge, since he usually does not like to be the center of attention. The next time I walked past the kitchen, it looked like this! It was so fun we left it that way, all covered with his awards and achievements, for the whole summer.