Monday, July 28, 2008


I have had an overflowing weekend! I have been blessed with some very sweet times with my family and we've made wonderful memories! It has been one of the busiest and fast paced weekends I have had in a long time but I've enjoyed it nonetheless and I know at some point I'll be able to catch up on my sleep.

I rode with my older sister and her children to my younger sister's birthday gathering. I had so much fun. We were so crazy in the truck. Spending time with my nephew and nieces makes me feel young and very old all at the same time!!!

Kayla and I enjoying the fresh country air!!!!!

This is my parents and their girls on Kristi's 27th birthday.

My parents and their grandchildren. Bryan and I hope to add to their bunch some day!

I'm so grateful I was able to see my Grandma this weekend. My dad's parents live in Oregon and my grandfather has Alzheimer's. He is in an assisted living/nursing home. My grandmother was unable to take care of him. Seeing her made me miss him. We had a great time reminiscing about things my grandpa would say or do and Grandma Joy had some funny stories to tell. We decided it was better to laugh than cry!! Laughing is great medicine.

On Saturday morning Bryan and I drove to Butler, OK to meet with the rest of the family and have a little reunion. There were people there I had not seen in over 20 years! It was strange and funny as we all tried to remember and figure out who everyone was!

Bryan and I with Grandma Joy in Butler, OK

My Dad's Entire Family with Grandma Joy

On Sunday Bryan and I went to preaching services at the church my brother-in-law pastors. We ate lunch at the church and then went to their house. This allowed us spend more time with Grandma Joy and spend more time with my nieces and nephew. Bryan and I had way too much fun playing with them in the pool. Bryan actually did all the hard work!!

I loved all these action shots!! Rachel might not can walk on water but this picture sure makes it look like she can kneel!!! My camera just happened to catch it at just the right time.

Myself, Rachel, and Kayla. We had taken about 10 different poses using my camera timer! We had lots of giggles trying to get this picture just right!!


Kelly said...

What a fun weekend with family!!!!
I have no doubt you will have a precious littel grandchild to add to that picture sooner than later!

Megan L Hutchings said...

What a fabulous weekend with family! I adore that you are so close with all those you love ;)!

Heather said...

Too cute, girl. You are just too cute! I am so glad you had a wonderful weekend with your family! That pool looks divine right now. I don't think it is ever going to stop raining here...ever. YUCK!! It rained here on Saturday and Sunday, but the good news is that I read he book you recommended. It was FANTASTIC!! I have to say I didn't see the Grady/Johnny/Miranda thing coming at all...

Kim said...

How fun! That pool looks very inviting when it is 104 degrees outside today!

Betsy said...

You have such a sweet family! Aren't family reunions just the best?? I loved seeing all your pictures!

MiMi said...

Looks like you had a great weekend with family! Thank you for sharing all of your great pictures with us. I love seeing them.

Laura said...

Hi Julie! What great pictures! And so much fun with the family! Glad you had such a great weekend! You'll look back on these pictures one day and be so glad that you took the time to travel and spend time with those you love.

As for the rug, it's as old as the hills! I got it at JCPenny's years ago.

Angela said...

Oh yeah! I love weekends like this. Tiring yes, but truly unforgettable, too. I hope you have a good week!

Kristen said...

What an awesome weekend! I love that you guys got in the pool and had some fun!

Candy said...

Looks like ya'll had a great weekend with family! :) Still praying for you! :)

valerie said...

How fun! Isn't it great to have the blessing of spending time with family? I do it with joy every chance I get.
My mom had a pool ver similar that that one...deck and all until just a few summers ago. They decided it was too much work and too costly and filled it in. We all miss it so much.
And, yes....I absolutely believe you will have a little one to add to the group picture of grandchildren. You're going to make a wonderful mom one day.
Sorry you had such a bad day on Tues. Man...some days are just like that. I always think "why, God....what's the point of that happening?" (water all over the place)
I know deep down for sure there is a reason for all things that happen big and small.
Thanks for sharing the fun pictures.