My brother and his family came to visit this summer!
My brother actually drove his wife and kids down from Illinois the weekend we had left on our California adventure so I missed seeing him that weekend. He brought his family to spend the summer with his wife's family while he worked.
I didn't get to see them as much as I would have liked because of volunteering at the kids' summer camp (which I still have to tell you about) and since Daniel wasn't here we planned on Tynelle and the kids being with her family more often.
At the end of July when Daniel flew out to be with his family I got to see him and visit him during that week he was here.
I didn't take as many pictures this time like I usually do, but the ones I got make me laugh so hard and perfectly describe the kind of fun we had when the kids and the rest of us gathered at my mom's.
Grandma Judy has the best dress-up closet ever and all the grandkids take full advantage of it.
|A "true" cowgirl!|
|We had to get the side view so we could see the little tail...|
|TwinG was having so much fun that TwinB had to eventually join in!|
|Seeing that TwinG and TwinB were having so much fun, LilMan just had to join in on the show!|
|This pose kills me!!|
|She was a cowgirl princess|
I tried to still go on hikes as often as my time would allow and Tynelle saw how much fun I was having and asked to join me next time I went. We hike a 1.5 mile section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and had a good workout.
|I laughed so hard at this picture because I, obviously, forgot to utilize my photography skillZ to make me look thinner... |
oh boy... still a good memory
The twins had their birthday while they were here. Daniel was bummed he wasn't there at this point but I made sure to send him all these pictures.
|Sister loves her baby cousins and Leelee was showing her a little love back.|
|Most of the girl cousins at the party, only one missing is TwinG|
Another thing we did while Daniel's family was here was had a little mini reunion, lunch with my Dad's side of the family.
It was so good to get together and talk and laugh and, of course, eat! It was fun meeting under grandma's big tree in the back yard where my uncle Jeff still lives.
We were all very excited about grandma's piano that would be getting passed on to our cousin, Ashley and her family so we all went in to look at it before the big move. To add to the nostalgia I asked Aaron to play a song on the piano.
It was so beautiful! I was amazed at how a piano that old, that has sat unplayed for that long still sounded so amazing! It almost brought tears to my eyes as I felt the presence of our grandmother beaming around us with joy to hear it played again and knowing that the family memories would live on in this musical instrument. (I get a little sentimental when it comes to family's belongings... if you couldn't already tell.)
|It was awesome to have the great grandkids join in on the fun too.|
But, my favorite part of the whole visit from Daniel was when he asked if I wanted to go on a bike ride with him at Mom's.
I loved it!
I felt like a kid with my brother again.
I miss him.
I forget how much I love my family being around me all the time.
I really wish he was here, or at least, 6 hours closer...
Anyway, Ranger followed us on our bike ride and was getting interest from bigger dogs so Daniel decided to just carry him along on the ride! I laughed so hard!!
|Ranger couldn't be happier.|
|The rear view was hilarious!|
So, quickly, that was my brother's quick visit. Can't wait till next time!