In mid-July my sister Laura (living in GA) and brother Eric (living in AZ) came to visit. The beauty of living close to my parents is that I didn't really have to pack up and travel for this vacation but the downer is that I had to work the entire week and could only hang out in the afternoon/evenings. Next summer I vow to get at least a few days off, if not the entire week. I don't have all the pictures yet so this will be a series of installments.
On Saturday Scott took Laura and I out sailing. I've been sailing with Scott before and while I'm not really afraid I just DON'T want to get wet. Seriously. I don't like the water splashing on me and I don't like the feeling that we might tip every time we change directions. Perhaps we always pick cold days or I just think the Bay is dirty. I like to think I love sailing but perhaps I just need a different location to really love it.
Anyway, a few minutes into being on the water Laura couldn't stop laughing at me. I'd yell and throw myself onto the highest side of the boat whenever it rocked (which is basically the entire experience). She thought I was being overly-dramatic and ridiculous. While I can see her point I still didn't want to get wet. I guess in the end Scott was glad to have Laura telling me to be quite instead of him having to. (I swear, I'm usually more calm and collected; I just don't like getting wet!)
Sisters! (Laura & Cecilie)
Laura came Friday morning, Melissa & fam came Friday night and Eric's fam showed up Saturday. How cute is this picture?! Rushton was so glad to have a friend and Maren loves being with kids younger than her. They had such a great week playing together.
This is how my mom takes care of the kids before church. The kids loved it.
Parker and Caleb squeezing their own lemonade. Last year they tried to sell it and only made about $2 legitimately (family donations were larger...). This year they abandoned that idea and drank it all themselves.
Trampoline fun! The older boys loved to be jumped by adults and the younger kids liked to jump themselves. I liked playing with the boys but lets just say I could play longer with the little kids...
Eric and Parker dutifully working on robots. Now that Jake is working at O'Reilly Media he always has a project in mind. The boys (of all ages) were thrilled to have their robots move.
Parker loved holding his newest cousin: Hailey Mae. He always wanted to help feed her and cuddle. He's a great big brother and cousin. Parker, you can hold my kids all you want some day.
How can a day possibly be complete without a long game on the iPad?
Stay tuned for what happened during the week!