Friday, July 18, 2014

Insta-Friday #59 - Nordstrom Family Reunion

We arrived back from Arkansas and left 2 days later for the....
Nordstrom Reunion! 

My sister and I caravanned together and drove through Pendleton, Oregon to celebrate with my Grandma for her 82nd birthday. Isn't her house cool?

We started the party by Grandma sitting the kids down to explain why old people like dogs.
(Say all you want Grandma, I'll still ask you to put your jumpy dog away when we come to visit.)

Little Elise and her Great Grandma.

Spokane in summer is so gorgeous. My parents view isn't half bad either. 
Everyone trying to catch a glimpse of three baby fawn below.

The kids and I spent the 4th of July with my parents on their lovely boat.

Coeur d'Alene is one of my favorite places on earth.

(Had to spend the morning in the kitchen getting ready,
 but that doesn't mean the party couldn't start right away.)

No better place to watch fireworks than from a boat with family.

And nothing better than when your ENTIRE immediate family gets together!!!

My dad's hobby has always been to try and flip us off the tube. 

Private tour with the local fire department, who just happened to see the kids and mom out for a golf cart ride. Pretty sure the golf cart is not legal to drive on the road now that I think about it.

Shoes optional.

Bonfire and Movie night.

Liverpool Rummy championship won by team Shwayne. 
I came in dead last.

Elise was pretty taken with Uncle Wayne. 

Pretty excited that he and my sister Molly are expecting a little girl this December!

It's so fun to have little babies around. My nephew max is the happiest baby that's ever been

Thirty years ago my family planted a sapling in the front yard of our home.
 Thought I'd take the kids to see it today. It's grown a bit.

Shane made it up for the weekend.

All us Nordstrom sisters have pretty great taste in husbands.

Baby crashing the slip and slide.

Friendly deer saying hello.

Swinging time.
Pretty amazing place to grown up. Even more amazing to bring my babies home here. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Insta-Monday #58 Arkansas

We finally took our family to Arkansas to visit Shane's family and to see his childhood home.
 It was such a wonderful trip.

Picnics in Arkansas are just a little bit spectacular.

And babies grow faster. 3 month old Baby Jude is the same size as ten month old Elise.
Elise doesn't like to share Grammy.

Or she just likes to pick on her cousins.

 Porch swing, sunset and herbal sweet tea. Just a bit of heaven.

Everyone gathers to watch a rainstorm.

Elise learned a new trick. She'll be walking in no time. :(

Boys only camping trip! Canoeing and roly-poly hunting included.

Lydia had a little date with Grammy.
(No touch up here. She really looks that young.)

Elise was pretty taken with her Grandpa.

Family photo in the "creek". (Looked like a river to me.) Shortly followed by a torrential downpour. Magical. Can this be our family Christmas card?

Kids swimming with Grammy and Daddy.
(My hubby's a hottie.)

Shane's brother and his wife Brittney were the best hosts. 

You guys are awesome.

And the fact you live on a farm is pretty fantastic.
Come on children, let's go hunt for breakfast.

Then pick veggies from the garden for dinner.
Play with the sweet dogs. 
Make home made soap.
Wash babies in the kitchen.

Sitting watching the fire, lightening bugs and black-eyed Susans. Lulled by the constant chorus of cicadas and dewy hot air. I knew coming back to the South would be wonderful.
 I didn't expect it to feel like coming home.

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