It has been a long time since I've had time to post... we have had relatives staying with us for 4 weeks, and they left last week. I love the children's book "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant, which articulates what we feel about having our company...
"It was different going to sleep with all that new breathing in the house...The relatives stayed for weeks and weeks. They helped us tend the garden and they fixed any broken things they could find. But none of them thought about home too much. We were so busy hugging and eating and breathing together...
"Finally after a long time, the relatives loaded up their ice chest and headed back to Virginia... We watched the relatives disappear down the road, then we crawled back into our beds that felt too big and too quiet...and we fell asleep, thinking about next summer when the relatives would come again..."
"And the relatives drove on, all day long and into the night, and they thought about their dark purple grapes waiting home in Virginia. But they thought about us, too. Missing them. And they missed us."
It was a great experience having the Mister's sister and her children staying with us for the month. Kathryn helped give our master bedroom a makeover... our children played and swam and played some more... we had late night talks and watched movies and ate lots of good food... and we are missing them, but we are glad to get back into our old routine of practicing, reading, a bit o' math, weeding, and swimming in the afternoons and going to bed before dark. We hope they will come visit again next summer.
This past week we had our first ever Kelly Family Reunion. Kathryn and her family live in New York; David and his family live in Tucson, and we've finally managed to get everyone 'home' in Idaho for our oldest nephew's homecoming. We spent a day climbing in caves at Craters of the Moon; we spent a day at Ross Swimming Park in Pocatello, we went to movies, restaurants, floating canals, antique car shows and dutch oven dinners... Paul and Deanne Kelly family: David, Anne, Kathryn, mom, dad, Ruth, Joan and Joseph Kathryn, Corinne, Madeline and Sam from New York (hubby is earning a living back home so this sweet family could stay the entire month of July) our oldest nephew just returned home from his mission in Guatemala this week; with Joan, Joseph's oldest sister Kelly grandkids at Matt's Welcome Home Party Paul and Deanne Kelly, my in-laws my sweet nephew Trevy from Tucson, AZ Savanna and Lizzie Clayre and David 3 Kelly boys... Josh, Caleb and Cowboy Trevy a beautiful view on top of Cinder Dome at Craters National Park Our family on top of Cinder Dome (the wind was terrible, but the hike was fun!)
I am honored to be married to my husband extraordinaire Joseph, for 15 years. Our joy is full (most days) because we are blessed to have these children in our family: Joshua (12yrs), Emma (10 yrs), Caleb (7yrs), and Elizabeth (5 yrs.). I enjoy camping with my family, cooking, reading, playing and teaching the violin and blogging. Our story began over 15 years ago at Ricks College. We have moved 9 times in 14 years, but have come full circle to the city where we were married and sealed in the LDS temple.