family, knitting, living

Family from afar

I have been meaning to write about our visit for a week now and have not had the opportunity.  This morning I woke at 6am and everyone else is sleeping.  Thank goodness.  

Anyway, I was blessed to have my sister, Becca, visit while we were moving.  The blessing was many-fold.  She helped us move in, she cleaned, she battled the kids and she spent time with me.  I miss her so much. She’s in France (where she should be) with her husband and two children.  I know she battles the “wanting to be two places” monster all of the time.  She has been there for 10 years.  But I think she is really starting to feel at home in France and I am so happy for her. 

Woooo…I have digressed from my purpose in writing this post.  Anyway, she and her two children, Remi and Alexandra, spent two weeks in the states.  Then she went back and the kids stayed with family for two more weeks.  I only got them for about 4 or 5 days of the two weeks, but I had to share.  They are the sweetest things.  Grey and Mycah think both of them hung the moon.  It was crazy here with 4 kids, but a good crazy.  They all swam in the kiddy pool out back, ran up and down the stairs, ate breakfast, lunch and dinner on the porch and had a generally good time.  This is the most time they have ever been able to stay in the States and I think they got a better feel for the similarities and differences in the two countries.  Remi is especially keen on explaining how things vary between the two countries. 

Henry had to go to Iowa while they were here.  One of the evenings after dinner I asked if they wanted to go for a walk.  Alex and Remi almost jumped out of their skins. Apparently they walk a lot in France.  So, we got our shoes on and I took all four kids for a little walk.  We walked the two blocks to the district and then walked in the district for a bit.  Remi carried Mycah much of the way.  He is not 10 yet but has to be almost 5 feet tall and about 80 pounds.  He is so strong!  Alex picked out her favorite house on the walk.  It was the day-glo turquoise one!  She said it was her favorite color.  (It is…all of her new clothes are that color!)  Anyway, we had the best time walking and talking.  

I don’t want them to grow up yet, but I can’t wait to see what they become.  I know it will be amazing.  I leave you with a couple of pictures that I managed to snap.  They were very hard to get pictures of as they were in perpetual motion most of the time.

2 responses

  1. Eric

    Thinking of you surrounded by family, having fun, laughing and smiling, just makes me happy. You are so clearly a great wife and mother (those beautiful girls!), which does not surprise me in the least. If you’d like, drop me an email so we can catch up a bit.

    July 11, 2008 at 8:33 am

  2. becca

    Don’t know how I managed to miss this post…?
    pics are great and i had tears streaming the whole time. thank you!!!!!

    August 2, 2008 at 3:47 am