Thursday, November 14, 2013

And The Living Was Easy

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June 2013
The main thing that happened this summer, in the time of No Blogging, was that my sister and her family came to the US from Australia and stayed for six glorious weeks. We hadn't been together in a year and a half. Which is a long time in the lives of some of these people. Here's the before shot:

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October 2011
This was the picture I described taking in this post. Which also has a ripping yarn about a pair of nightstands. Look at the kids! And look at Dad--so much less of him. And more of baby Gabriel. And of Laura, who is now taller than her Aunt Amy.

And the Nike pullover being worn by Matt in the top picture was also worn by Jason in the bottom picture. That's mountain house style for you.

It was a relatively last-minute thing that they could come. From late June until they left the first week of August, we made it our main priority to spend time with them, here in the ATL and up at the mountain house. They also squeezed in trips to see Dave and Katie on their forty haunted acres, and a trip to Florida as well. Y'all, it was so nice. The kids were perfect ages to disappear for long periods of time. And we talked and talked and talked. Nobody ate a cricket this time either.

Then, THEN, we all went to Disney World. In August. Of our own free will. When this idea was first broached, Matt and I were like, NOOOOOooooo....But Amy usually gets us to do what she wants and that's what she did and we were glad we did. I'll save that for its own post. Too much magic! The story about the corndogs alone needs its own post.

Here are a few more snaps from our time together. Summah flashback!

Dudes
Gabe
A happy Fourth of July

This is how tired I like children to be.

Nate and Hank!
Ava and Laura
Sibs
Thank you for indulging me in this summer throwback. Basically, besides kid activities and lots of sweating and mediocre tennis, the salient fact of the summer was the Australian clan visiting us. Now it's like you were there! Go get some rest for that scrolling finger! xoxox

14 comments:

Lisa Lilienthal said...

I so like children to be that tired as well.

delaine said...

Such happy days! I look at each photo with a smile and a happy memory . Each of the children is perfect. In fact, those days were perfect. Even Disney World, which I hope you will write about. Thanks for sharing this post.

Kelsie said...

Oh wow! Looks like Laura is finally taller than me! (Shuffles feet)

Star said...

What sweet pictures and what a sweet time you all had. Thanks for sharing.

Camp Papa said...

These are the good old days!

Amy said...

It was the best! I don't even know what else to say except that. Glad you posted this!

Elle said...

Those photos have 14 people in them! Each! Holy mackerel!

Casey said...

Your summer looks like a Pottery Barn catalog (in a good way!), I love it! Glad to see you back to blogging... keep it up, sister.

kathy said...

Memories light the corners of my mind. Precious pictures of a precious family.

Common Household Mom said...

I just want to rush over and bake you all a pie. Thanks for letting me partake in the family summer visit.

Rebekah said...

What a great summer! Wonderful photos of the children! I'm enjoying it for you all over again!

Rebekah said...

What a great summer! Wonderful photos of the children! I'm enjoying it for you all over again!

Rebekah said...

What a great summer! Wonderful photos of the children! I'm enjoying it for you all over again!

Rebekah said...

oops, sorry for the triple play!