Love Overflowing

Time with family

on August 3, 2011

We have been lucky enough to spend lots of time with family this summer. Family reunions, visits with cousins… Lots of fun! One Sunday, we drove to Springfield, IL and met up with Stephen paternal side. There are quite a few kids Emily and Zachary’s age in the family. It was a hot day…In July. And we were getting together at a park. Heat stroke, anyone? Luckily, our pavilion was right on the lake and it had a nice cool breeze. Walk across the bridge and you were sweltering. It was a lot of fun. The kids had a blast playing with their cousins and they even got to feed some ducks! A nice family was there and very generously shared bread with us so Emily and Zachary could feed them as well. Both kids were pretty worn out on the ride home!
We also had a reunion on Stephen’s maternal side. In July, in a church. I had a mishap with my camera (if by mishap you mean I ran it over with the car) and have no pictures. There was only one child there Emily’s age but the kids had fun regardless. Any time with Grandma and Papa is fun.

My side of the family… My sister and her two kids came over one day. The kids had lots of fun playing. While Zachary was napping, Emily, Chloe and Cole played outside in the sprinkler. Poor Zach was just too tired to enjoy any of the fun. We also met in Fairview Heights and went to Chuck E. Cheese’s. It was Zachary’s first time at one and he could not get enough of the little kid rides. He was content just sitting in the car next to the mouse.

Just last week, the kids and I drove to Centralia. We spent the day with my family and left Emily there. For a week!!!!! While we were visiting, the kids enjoyed some not hot weather and got to play outside. They wore themselves out! Emily was ready for Zachary and I to leave. She wanted to be alone with Chloe. She did great the entire week. She attended bible school and didn’t want to come home until it was over. Bribes didn’t work at all. So we compromised. She got to go to Friday evening’s session and I met them in Fairview Heights. At 9:30. I thought she would be so tired that she would sleep in the car on the ride home. Would you believe that she didn’t stop talking for 45 minutes straight?  She is still recovering from her week at her cousin’s but I am so glad she was able to do that. Some of my favorite memories as a child are of spending time with my cousin during summer. I hope this becomes a tradition!

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