When we traveled to the Chicago area, a couple of weeks ago, we stayed with my sister, Mary Ann. Staying with her is always such a treat. This is one fun-loving family! They remodeled their house, and made it look like. . . well. . . Disney World!
Couldn't you just live forever on the porch alone, with the ceiling fans, and surrounded by Bill's own carefully tended palm trees? These are palm trees in Chicago, mind you!
And part of the fun is little Mr. Andy. Here he challenged Doug to a cut-throat basketball game! Later, he demolished Doug in a game of Halo. Again, note the palm trees in the background.
We had time for a picnic, but no luck in tracking down a picnic table. Given the miles you could travel in ND without stumbling upon another human being, this always amazes me. So we had a car picnic.
How we packed all of this in one day is one of those life mysteries. This is the day of the graduation party at Maria's house as well. We drove to Chicago, spent the day, and drove the 12 hours back to Grand Forks on Monday. . . in time for work on Tuesday.
Bill couldn't resist "laying hands" on his son. Note how un-fazed Andy is. He's so used to his dad's shenanigans!
These kids are such sweet hearts! For awhile, I was walking along with Andy, who told me with such abundant, gushing, feeling, how much he loved his big sister and missed seeing her now that she's in middle school and he isn't!
And my delightful, charming, niece, Joyce, who has the ability to communicate the most detailed saga of the Halo history, and trying to do it in a way that her aunt (me) could make sense of this complicated soap opera of the video-gaming world.
Bobbi made a comment yesterday on my blogthat just really cracked me up!
She asked how my family would handle it if someone were to bring a Canon into the fold! And the truth is that my son, Brian, is considering a Canon as he tries to figure out what video-capable DSLR would suit his needs in his school program, starting in July. He has to have such a camera, and I am shocked at how much I prefer he get a Nikon! I'm sure either brand will end up working just fine. . . but I have a definite preference! There's something viral about Nikon going on in my swarm's midst!