Tuesday, February 26, 2013

When The Relatives Came ♥

It's one of my favorite books of all time; I would read it to the kids before we'd head "up north" to spend a week (and many times, two) at Sara & Dan's farm. That was in the 80's and 90's, so very long ago. Sigh. The kids were such cute, happy, innocent 'lil nuggets...ahhh, the good ole days!

"In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room." And my favorite line:  "It was different, going to sleep with all that new breathing in the house."
Those lines just evoke such a sense of family, vacation, love and happiness to me! ♥

Now, the relatives come "down south", (Can ya blame 'em?! No snow, lots o' sunshine, and theme parks!) which is fine and dandy with us! The relatives: have time-shares that they share (with all the bells and whistles), they take us out to eat, and they come see all the things we've changed in our house since their last visit! Kidding! Well, they do do all those things, but we are so thankful to have them come: to hear their 'Pennsavainya' accents, feel their hugs in person, and sit and laugh and talk.
Nanny, Aimee and Ivy... girls bein' cute. Relaxing on the back porch, drinkin' iced tea and beer, and smellin' Jack's fabulous smoked pork.

A world-renowned Dolce Girls' party was held in Sara's honor! We gave her a good laugh or two! She's now one of us, heh heh heh...

Linds came home to get her Pennsavainya hugs, too! Ivy and Oak kept her runnin', and I showed them the best places in the house for hide n' seek.

Here is Neal, riiiigggght before he put his head on Jack's shoulder (I was lucky to get a pic, but I'm being a nice aunt and keeping it to myself). Vacation and Yuengling can really get you to let your guard down!
 "When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be together next summer." ♥


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