Sunday, July 29, 2012

              Wow, our summer has been SO crazy busy, but hopefully we can update you bit by bit...

In June, we were thrilled to have my brother Adam, and his family come and stay with us for several days! He has been in the Army for several years, and recently just moved back to Texas after a couple of years serving in Germany.  This was the first time we were able to see all of our little nieces in person - even though we love Skype, it's just not the same. :)  They are all so sweet and so much fun!  We had a wonderful time together.

Calliegh is 4 and was quite shy in the beginning, but warmed up to me surprisingly well after she helped bake muffins for lunch!
Becca (almost 3) enjoying the muffins. :)

Mom and Dad LOVED having grandkids around... finally!

Becca and Calliegh couldn't get to sleep one night because they wanted to be in Lauri's violin recital somehow... even though they had no previous violin training.  Lauri comforted them by promising to include them somehow.  After considering it together, we had them dress up as butterflies and clack rhythms to a simple song - they did very well. :)

Becca and Sarah took interest in the piano!


We had all the little cousins in the area get together - what fun that was!

Kadie and Becca were so cute together!

They were delighted to get to play on a violin - Calliegh kept wanting lessons!

Enjoying a campfire in our beautiful backyard... the weather couldn't have been better during their visit!

Sarah (1) is so cuddly and such a good baby!

We all went to the Como Zoo in St. Paul and it was SO fun to watch  Becca's reaction to these seals.  After the seal swam by the glass near her, she squealed with delight, "He LIKES me; OH, he LIKES me!!!!"   

We went to the Mall of America!