Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Home again, home again, jiggity jig


The older I get, the more I realize just how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family. Is it a perfect one? Heavens no, but they are precious to me. Since we got married I haven't been able to see them nearly as much as I would like, but it just makes the times we do spend together even more dear to my heart.

Traveling certaily isn't my favorite thing to do on the weekends, but seeing my family is worth it. Jonathan actually had Saturday off this weekend (which is a very rare occurance) so we decided to take the opportunity to visit my fam. We hadn't been home together since my Mom's birthday in August! So after my little bridal shoot extravaganza, we packed up the car and hit the road...but not before stopping at McDonald's for some grub. I was achin' for some bacon (on my chicken sandwich that is) and some of their delicious fries.

The drive was long and boring, but we took the opportunity to do a little dreaming and worship planning. (Sidenote: I love to dream big with my husband! Nothing may ever come of those conversations, but it sure is fun!) Finally, we we arrived at 12:45 AM with greetings from my droopy-eyed mother. She was the only one that sayed up for us. (The rest of you are wimps! Just kidding. I love you.) Even the small bottom bunk in my little sibling's room seemed appealing at that hour. Yeah, we slept on a bunk bed. Be jealous!

Yeah, not so comfy...but it was worth it to be with my family!

Ah! I love the sights and sounds of home. Granted it is a very noisy place, but I adore all the clatter of a full house. (I mean there are 7 people living there!) My mom used to say "where there are no oxen, the stable is clean" or something like that. I think she used those words to comfort her when the laundry seemed unending, which it basically was. But it wouldn't be quite so homey without the sound of the washer and dryer in the background!

On Saturday morning Katie and I did "hair do's." She had been begging me to do so from the time she got up. I gave in. Who could say no to that pretty little face?

Our "BEFORE" and "AFTER"

During lunch, we gave out birthday presents. Kate loved the headband and flower accessories that I made her! She wore it all day.

Big & little sis

My kid brother is going to be 16 soon! I truly can't believe it. I remember when he would run around and yell, "I'm Super Pooh Bear!" all throughout the house. 

We got my dad a shirt with ventelation for his mission trip to India. He's going to need it!
Somehow or another we always end up playing musical instruments. My sister Michelle had to practice a song she is singing in church next Sunday, so my man gladly pulled out the guitar to play along. I love to watch and listen to him play!
We managed to watch one of Luke's basketball games too! After we got back we had a scruptious dinner together...all 8 of us. (Matt, you were missed!) Just after dinner one of my old friends stopped by and we were able catch up on life. God is doing some amazing things in her life! It was a full day to say the least.
Sadly, it had to be a very short trip. We left Sunday morning so that we could get back in time for praise band practice. It's hard to have a WHOLE weekend to devote to anything though. However, I am grateful for the time we were able to spend together. Mom, Dad, Matt, Michelle, Luke, Robbie and Kathryn, you are all a huge blessing to me!

Until next time!


Michelle said...

aw seems so fun...i really like that bedspread and the headbands you and your sister are wearing!

CarrieJo said...

i love family time! you and your sis are adorable together! :)

jenchristine said...

My sister looks like she could be my kid, I know. We are 14 years apart. I was so mad when my mom got prego with her (I thought we were going to be a freak family), but I'm over it now of course. She's a sweetie.


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