My parents drove up here today to visit us, and to hang with the grandkids; and my brother and his lovely wife dropped in as well. Good time was had by all.
Now my brother and sister-in-law recently got themselves a really nice digital camera. Alas, I don't remember the exact model, so you'll have to ask them. But they took some beautiful pictures in the backyard today. Wendy (my sister-in-law) put several of the pictures up at her blog, if anyone's interested in seeing more pictures of our kids. Note that both the Pillowfight Fairy and the Adrenaline Junkie have more freckles on one side of their noses than on the other; this is because they have hair that works best parted to one side, where it swoops down and covers half their faces, just like Veronica Lake...
...so one side gets more sun than the other.
(And incidentally, the Adrenaline Junkie also has that cute little flip just above her eyebrow. Yes, I'm going to have to fight off a whole bunch of teenage boys, starting, oh... thirteen years from now. If not sooner. I'd better get back into shape now, while I have a little time to prepare....)
So in addition to the pictures at my sister-in-law's blog, here are a few others.
This is the Happy Boy, on the loose in the backyard. He loves it there. It has all the dirt, rocks, grass, insects, and snails he can eat! We figure as long as that plug stays in his mouth, we're OK, though.
This is the Adrenaline Junkie, being introduced to Technology. I think she was sufficiently impressed. Of course, she's only three, so Grandpa had to keep a close eye on his camera. Now, the Pillowfight Fairy got her hands on it a while later, and started taking pictures of anything that didn't move. "Look! It's the badminton set!" "Look! It's the pillow!" "Look! It's the computer!" "Look! It's my foot!"
Well, I made some of those up. But that's the way her brain was thinking, and it was a sight to behold.
This is the Pillowfight Fairy in her natural element: reading a book to an interested adult (in this case, a doting Granny, who was an elementary school teacher for many years, and is pleased as punch as to how well her grandkid is reading). Of course, some time after these pictures were taken, this sweet little girl busily started hurling Frisbees at our heads. (Unintentionally, of course; she's not a very good aim with a Frisbee yet. We'd have been safer if she'd actually been trying to bean us.)
Anyway, it was a beautiful day here, and everything was made better by having family around. My brother and sister-in-law live across town, but we usually only get to see them at church; and the rest of our extended families live several hours' drive away. Days like this are to be enjoyed and cherished, since they only come around so often.