What a weekend!
Last week Annie and Dave and their two, Jonathan and Emily, drove down to visit both sets of families. The girls (Becky, Charif, Annie) headed up to Big Bear for a scrapbook weekend and when we got back on Sunday afternoon we had a nice BBQ in oiur backyard so that the family could see Annie and her kids (the last time they were down was in April, so it had been quite a while since the family got to see her. The next time we see her down here may not be until after her new baby is born!). During the BBQ we surprised Bob and Judy with a mini-Grandparent's shower--it was so fun--they got cute books to read to their new grandbaby--some extra diapers to have on hand, and a photo album, among other cute things! After the BBQ we loaded up our family (Fred and Charif and their two, Penny and Daniel, and Annie and her two) and we drove all the way down to San Diego, arriving at a Motel 6 at midnight in Oceanside! That way we wouldn't have to fight traffic the next morning and having to get sleeping kids up too early. After a leisurely breakfast at a Coco's, we drove to Wild Animal Park! What a ball we had! Fred and I had gone down to SD in July and talked about how fun it would be to take the family there, so we planned it when we knew Annie would be down this past weekend. We always miss Isaac and his family when we do family things==but we are so excited about their move to Thorne Bay and Isaac starting his new job this week, and Katie and Sophia getting to know their new town and planning for the new baby's arrival in a month! Annie left this morning at 6:45 and got to Burney at 6:30 this evening. What a long drive for her--I hope she can take it easy now for a few weeks--this was quite a busy weekend!
"Nothing is more important to human happiness than to be part of a fractious, forgiving, warm, tightly knit family." (Marjorie Holmes)
God has been good to our family and we thank Him for the tightly knit and bound together in love unit that we have.