Thursday, August 12, 2010

Where do I begin.....

I sit here wondering where to begin.   Lori and Ali are home now.  My house has that empty nest feeling that I hate so much.   There is something to be said about having a houseful of laughter, family, love, craziness and a mess.   My house is clean now, but I'd rather have a dirty house and all the fun we had....

Ok, I think my pity party is over.   Instead of being sad, I will make myself be HAPPY for all the fun and memories we made.   Lori and Ali come to visit almost every summer (for the last 4 or 5 yrs or so) and each year it's a very special time.  And with each passing year, I appreciate our too little time together so  much more.   Lori and I are first cousins, our mothers are sisters.   We have had a close sister-like bond since we were kids.  And we never let the miles between us affect that.   I'm so thankful that I have her in my life.  She is a strong woman, who is beautiful, creative and always a ray of sunshine.  And her daughter is becoming like her, which is so beautiful to see. 

Our kids are only 3 weeks apart.  When I found out I was pregnant with the boys, a few weeks later she called me to tell me she was pregnant too.  It was so nice to share that with her.  And now our kids are growing up making the bonds that we made as children!

We had two weeks of fun, laughter, good food, game playing, and SHOPPING!!!  Did I mention that Lori loves to feather her nest like I do?  If not MORE than I do?  And we are both suckers for "family day" at the thrift store.  

We took the kids and our other cousin to the lake where our grandpa had a camp in the 70's.   It brought back so many great memories.  And reminded us how time just flies by.   I remember summers there with everyone like it was yesterday.   Staying on the beach all day, no sunscreen, no constant adult supervision and running around until it was dark out.  Then the inside fun of hide and seek or playing in grandpa's workshop while the adults played cards.  My grandpa worked at GE his whole life and this was his little slice of heaven and he deserved it.   And I'm so thankful he had this place for all of us to come together as family.
While it looks very different from when we were kids.  SO SMALL compared to the huge ocean it looked like to us.  It was still familiar and "our" place.   And our kids were now swimming in this lake that we once were. 

Here we are all grown up.  And knowing that our next "generation" are forming these same bonds is what makes this so beautiful.

  And in true crazy style, we hit one HECK of an estate sale on the way home.  Perfect ending to a perfect day!

This is Lori trying to stuff some stuff in the back of my truck!

Is this sign cool or what?  Our kids told us we could be on American Picker's.  Then another one chimed in to say "or Hoarder's" LOL!

I thought this was so pretty and photo related to boot!

Here is our clan at my oldest nephew's graduation party.  I simply cannot believe this boy is 18 and going to college.  It just blows my mind how fast time goes by!  How blessed we all are.

And I'm ashamed to say this, but I gave this child a dum dums lollipop so she would WEAR THIS OUTFIT!   There, I said it!  That cupcake is yummy!

Here is our clan with my nephew Louie.   His mother passed away almost 3 years ago. You can read her story here.  It's hard to imagine she has been gone that long.  And she is missed and loved by us all.

Ali, just being her beautiful self.  So I took the chance to snap some pictures of her.

Thank you for reading and taking this emotional walk with me.  I love my family and feel so blessed to have these times to share with them!

I am linking up to Home and Family Friday, come and join the fun! :)
And don't worry, I'll be back to the regularly scheduled posts of "help me decide" in no time at all! ;)


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oooohhh I feel your pain! My youngest goes back to school this coming Wednesday and I am already getting sick! I miss them soooo much when summer ends! I HATE an empty house! He is my baby and it makes all too real how fast this will be a permanent situation...YUCK!

Your summer shots are so precious...I love that you shared all of this love and laughter with us!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kristi, I hope this comment goes thru. I tried earlier and it said service error. What the heck is that? Anyway, I am so glad you have enjoyed such wonderful time with your family. Now you are making memories for your kids just like the ones you have of your childhood. Thanks for all the sweet comments.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kristi, I knew I'd been missing you. What fun it looks and sounds like you've been having! I loved reading your descriptions of you and your cousin growing up together and now your 3 children being so close. They are adorable. How wonderful that all of you continue to get together each year. It looks like you found some real treasures at the sale. laurie

Jen Kershner said...

You have so a wonderful family. It's comes through so clear in your writing that they are the most important thing in the world to you. It sounds like you had a perfect visit with your cousin. I know you will always cherish the memories. You are sentimental girl like me!

Jennifer said...

Hey girl!!!! Looks like y'all have been having some F.U.N! Her outfit is too cute!!!! I wouldn't know how to act with a empty house.

Melissa Miller said...

It looks like you had a fun summer!

Manuela@TPOH said...

I know I'd rather have a dirty house full of people than a clean empty one! Your photos show what a fun time you all had!


edie said...

I know exactly what you mean Ms. Kristi.....
It's hard to say good-bye.
What a special relationship you have.
Love the cupcake shot!!

Between You and Me said...

that outfit is TOO cute....did you buy it or have it made?

too cute!!!

Between You and Me said...

oh, and I've done the same thing...given a sucker so that I could get her to wear something! :)

danaday said...

who said horders???? LOL


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