An old bird and a young bird.
|Dad and his mama.|
|The Saturday group.|
|Mom-- forever reading and telling stories. And too short for my couch.|
|The most amazing, Grandma Jeannie.|
|Mom, Lynn and Katie taking a walk after breakfast.|
|Drawing a picture of Grandma and Ruby together.|
|Girls in their underwear from playing in the sprinklers in the backyard.|
|Playing the Wii...|
|Dad and his infectious grin. Some emotion would be nice, Jared.|
Music, music, a thousand times music.
|Lynn loving Lillie.|
|Beautiful little sister-in-laws. Katie and Lynn.|
|9 years in...|
A lot of these photos were taken by Hannah. Thanks, Hannah! You stepped in with your camera equipment seconds after my lens hit the tile!
Wow. The weekend was incredible! On Saturday my toilet overflowed caused by the use of my washing machine and the pipes being backed up or disjointed. Disgusting toilet water flowed out of the bathroom, onto the carpet and we grabbed towels to mop it up as fast as we could. The catch? No washing machine to wash them until the plumber came on Monday. It was an interesting situation. It happened right as all of the girls in the entire family sat down for a game and dessert and all the boys were gone.
The incident brought our functional bathroom total from 1.5 to 1 for the rest of the weekend.
But really, really.
When my parents are in my home it makes me feel half adult and half little girl, still looking to them for guidance and comfort. You relive the old days, laugh at ridiculous things with your siblings and eat so many carbs your vision blurs.
It was so fantastic. And I missed Rachel terribly. She was the only one who couldn't make it. She was jumping out of airplanes in California with her team, the Army's Golden Knights.
A few things I learned this weekend:
I miss my parents and I need their influence more now than I ever have.
Tami, who my parents got guardianship of two and a half years ago has been through so much in her life. She's lucky to have us, but we're luckier to have her. I love you Tami.
My mom is the peppiest, most positive person. And if your toilet overflows, she'll mop it up with towels and then ring them out with her bare hands.
We love each other and we really, really like each other too. It's fabulous.