Hmmm...I don't know where to begin. Alrighty...here...We stayed at Maria and Eldon's, with their six kids: McKenna, Hunter, Rylee, Emma, Lilly, and Mia. It was so fun! The kids got to know each other and play together a lot, and I had a great time hanging out so much with Maria. We even got to help them enjoy their brand-spanking-new-beautiful-gigantic kitchen! We did a Girls' Night with his 3 sisters (Maria, Sari, Heidi), me, and his mom when Z went on that 3 day backpacking trip, and it was a riot! I wish I had taken pics then! Making swimming pool whirlpools, playing "What's Yours Like" (funny game!!) and eating PB M&Ms! What could be better?!
Sari and her two children, Mathias and Annie, drove up and stayed at her parents while we were there, and Heidi rearranged much of her work stuff so she and Preston could hang out with us. We got to spend time with Abe and Courtney (Z's bro and his wife), too, and with Z's cousin, Jeremy, his wife Shirley, and their kids, Jessica and Kyle. It was a lot of fun, and we actually had TIME to hang out. We were there longer than we usually are, which was really nice and not-so-rushed. The twins loved, loved, LOVED Grandma Buttons and Poppie, and had a blast out at their property. They have a pig, 3 or 4 of Heidi's horses, 6 chickens, 5 cats (2 of them our Finnigan and Mushi), 2 rabbits, and 2 dogs. And loads of vroomy things, like tractors and quads, etc. We went to parks and petting zoos (though Grandma's house is really a petting zoo, I guess ;) and the beach and swam and played and ate...
Man, it was so funny seeing the dynamics between Nuala and Mi'a! So Mi'a turned 2 in April, and she is just an amazing little girl. Shirley Temple curls, big brown eyes, so loving! And strong-willed. And strong. Enter Nuala. Crazy shock of super blond hair, big blue eyes, so loving! And strong-willed. And strong. They were hilarious! They'd be best buds one moment, then for no reason (okay, sometimes there were reasons) they'd be going at it! Pushing, pulling, yanking, shrieking. It was great. They both played wonderfully with the relatively easy-going boys, Bran and 2-year-old Mathias. But put both those little gals together and sparks would fly! Anyway, here are "some" pictures...
Zachariah's sister, Heidi, with her little guy, Preston. He is soooo cute! He'll be one in September, and is all over the place. He's such a happy little fella, too, I just love him! Courtney is behind Heidi. I got to know her a bit better this trip, she is definitely a good addition to the Rollins' family!
Nuala chowing down at Grandma and Poppie's with McKenna and Lilly. They had so much fun with their cousins, they're all so good with kids. And we had such great weather the whole time. No joke, it was gorgeous!
And look! This kitty sure is familiar! It's Finnigan!! Oh, how we've missed him and Mushi! They still seemed to love us, Mushi was warier of the little ones than Finnigan was. That's normal. See how patient he is with the neck-hug? He is one cool cat.
Riding on the tractor with Poppie. Bran was in heaven.
Oh, man, this was FUN! Adult night out, Mongolian grill and then racing go-karts! I didn't get to go the last time everyone did this b/c I was pregnant with the twins, and it is such a blast!! Funny how vicious family can be when they don't hafta look you straight in the eye... We had a great time, though I'd like to let everyone know the truth about Eldon, our bro-in-law. Super nice guy, but I still have a faint circle on my neck from when he shot me (great aim, this guy) paintballing SEVERAL years ago, and then go-karting he totally rammed me a few times, not only giving me a slight case of whiplash, but you should have seen the huge knobby bruise on my back. Yeah, watch out for him... (you can ID Zac by his ginormous watch, haha)
Nuala riding Booger. She LOVED riding Heidi's horses. She's patting him here, and also learned to say "Whoa" and when to cluck at them. She headed straight for the barn whenever we'd get to Grandma's, it was great!
All 11 Rollins grandchildren, with Grandma Buttons and Poppie. If the cuteness doesn't overwhelm you, just spend 10 minutes with them. One way or another, you will be overwhelmed.
Nuala getting Grandma kisses.
Whee!! Going down the Saunders' big slide. Eldon made their huge playscape with really tall slides and Nuala had a grand old time on them.
Bran and his buddy, Hunter. He loved him from the moment we saw him at the campsite, just right away ran to him with arms up, it was so cute!
We can't wait till next year!!
**Also, we girls went and saw Mamma Mia, and WOW! So fun! Z and I saw it on Broadway, and while that was good, the movie is go-ooood. Even with Pierce Brosnan singing. Man, we were singing along, it was great! Go See It.