Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More Family Fun

After writing about our visit with Brian's sister and her family, it occurred to me that I started--but never finished--a blog post about spending time with my family on Saturday, June 8.

When my sister, Katie and her fiancee, Preston, flew out from Texas and my niece, McKayla, flew up from Southern California, we all gathered at our house in the foothills. 

I took a handful of photos, but not nearly as many as I usually do.  That afternoon, I was busy watching Noah, chatting, eating, glowing (sounds nicer than sweating...smile), and making sure everyone was staying hydrated.  (It was nearly 110 degrees that day!)   

Here are a few photos from that day:

 McKayla playing cornhole with Preston, Brian and my dad.

 Katie, mom and me.
Noah (17 months) and McKayla (11 years) joined us.  Thanks to Preston for snapping the two photos above.

My mom took this photo of McKayla and me.  I love when a family member or friend asks me, "Would you like me to take a picture of you with _________?"  I usually say, "Yes, please," and enthusiastically hand over my camera.  

Because my blog serves as a journal for me, I want to include a few more details about the day here:

WHO WAS THERE |  Katie, Preston, McKayla, Mom, Dad, Susie, Grandpa, Noah, Brian and me.  We missed seeing Nichole and Zoey.

WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT | The heat!  Katie and Preston's upcoming wedding.  What words Noah is saying now.  Susie's recent trip to Mexico.  Our camping trip.  How refreshingly cool it felt being inside.  The dips--clam dip and hot artichoke dip.   

WHAT WE ATE | Steak, sweet potatoes, salad, and Hawaiian sweet rolls.  Lemon bundt cake and Reese's peanut butter Rice Krispie treats for dessert.  A big thanks to Brian who barbequed the delicious steak and made the excellent sweet potatoes--and to my mom for bringing an appetizer, a salad, and a dessert.

WHAT WE DID/PLAYED | Played ladder ball and cornhole.  Splashed in the kiddie pool.  Laughed.  Hung out in the hammock.  Stood near the misters.

WHAT WE MADE | When I write "we," I mean McKayla.  She crafted a gorgeous "summer" greeting card, complete with sand paper.  

THE TABLESCAPE | I finally bought two nice white tablecloths at Target.  I also splurged on new placemats (circles in various blue shades), added a few candles, and my mom and dad brought us a vase with three gorgeous hydrangea flowers from their front yard.  Simple and lovely--just the way I like it.

 What fun activities have you and your family been partaking in this summer?  

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