Little Man had a blast searching and scouring outside
to find as many grasshoppers as he could.
My dad working in his garden…
Gavin and Taylor liked watching the big dogs…
When we were hanging outside…
she would come running into my arms when the dogs
would walk her way. :-)
Baby girl was all into playing her cousin's player
while I made a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies.
Noah was super stoked to get to go swimming with his cousins….
he'd live in the pool if we'd let him!! :-)
Mom and sweet Gavin enjoying some quiet time together...
The kid's favorite hang out spot...
She loved taking walks up and down (over and over) KiKi and Pop's long driveway.
The kids so enjoyed feeding the neighbor's animals…
Little Gavin was mesmerized with the animals…
I love these pics my sis-in-law Sheri took of Ava and Noah feeding the donkey…
Tay-tay seems to be quite the night owl like her mama these days…
she was having troubling sleeping one particular night, so I got
her out of the crib and we headed to the kitchen for a little midnight snack.
We also visited with the hubby's parents while we were in town--
the kids always love hanging out at Janet and Pop's house.
Pop enjoyed showing the boys their garden while we were there.
We had a wonderful visit with my parents, brothers, sisters-in-law and all the cousins. I hope we can make this a tradition where we visit like this every summer for a week or two.
This trip was a tender reminder to me that no matter how many miles may between us…and no matter how many months may pass before we get to see each other again…the family bond that we share never fades or falters. We always seem to pick up right where we left off and enjoy each other's company.
I'm truly grateful for the tender relationship that my children share with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins….
I'm especially grateful to our kid's grandparents--- for striving so hard to be a part of each of their grandchildren's lives. For making them a priority in their life. They do a great job of making each one feel so special and loved --and-- they make it a priority to be present at all the "big events" in their lives. I know personally from my own loving relationships with both of my grandmothers how important these relationships can be in helping a child navigate their way through this uncertain world we live in. … Children have the potential to feel such tremendous love and security from these relationships.
It's always a prayer of mine that our kids will look back on their childhood memories fondly…and I hope this is especially true when it comes to the tender relationships they shared with their grandparents.
"Foreseeing the needs of His children, a loving Heavenly Father placed directions and rescuers along their way....Heavenly Father has assigned us to a great variety of stations to strengthen and, when needed, to lead travelers to safety. Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child’s life to put feet firmly on the path home. Parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles are made more powerful guides and rescuers by the bonds of love that are the very nature of a family."
--Henry B. Erying