Friday, March 22, 2013

Weekend Adventures with Family

My brother, Jeremy, sister-in-law, Brandy, and nephew, Traber, came for a visit over their spring break (Jeremy and Brandy are both teachers).  We absolutely love having visits from family and friends, so this was a special treat for our family.  Since Luke, Abbey and I have somewhat been hermits, it was so nice to have new visitors and get "out" of the house a bit with them.  Jeremy and Brandy were also very helpful around the house since I am still unable to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk.  Plus, Luke and Traber are only a month apart in age, so Luke thoroughly enjoyed having a buddy his age around.  (Luke has only had one "play date" since my cancer diagnosis over 6 months ago.  Although we haven't had many play dates with friends over the past six months, Luke and Abbey have enjoyed being spoiled by the family that we have had stay with us during this time.)

This past weekend, we were blessed to have absolutely beautiful weather.  So, we spent as much time outdoors as possible.  The following photos were taken on Sunday, or our "Outdoor Funday"!

We rode "Sophie the Train" at the Cedar Rock Railroad.  We posed outside the train for a few family photos.

Luke and Traber

Drew and I with Luke and Abbey

Jeremy, Brandy andTraber

The train ride was absolutely glorious. The weather couldn't be more perfect, and the scenery was beautiful.  Abbey just "chilled" and took in the scenery as she enjoyed her hair blowing in the wind.  Luke and Traber apparently held hands the entire time. 

Just "chillin'".

Here, Abbey is pointing at the ducks on the pond and saying, "Duck! Duck!"
Daddy and Abbey
I stole this photo of the boys holding hands from Brandy's Facebook.  So precious!
    Then, we took a stroll around one of the parks near our home.

Here is Luke just strollin' down the sidewalk.

Brandy and Traber
Jeremy, Traber and Brandy
We spent A LOT of our time together outdoors while they were here.   The weather was perfect while they were in town.  Because we were having so much fun, I forgot to take photos most of the time we were outdoors hanging out.  I did, however, get some video of the boys having fun together.  And, I am not just talking about Luke and Traber.  Drew and Jeremy had great fun just being boys outside as well.  Here is one of several slow-motion videos I captured with my smartphone while Jeremy and Drew played with the football:

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