Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Impromptu Family Fun

First of all, no I am not going to address the proverbial elephant in the proverbial room. Proverbially. I didn't blog last week because we had a LOT going on and, quite frankly, I was exhausted every day. And no, for the record, I am not pregnant. Just busy. Not to be confused with "gettin' busy". Man, this went downhill quickly.

Back to the post at hand. As I am sure that you know by now, my family is really close. Just this morning, I was video chatting with my brother and his family because well, why not? Anyway, a couple of weeks ago we brought some tools to our house from my mother's house in Alabama with the intention of getting them to my brother in North Carolina. We are the halfway point for everyone now so it made sense. So he made arrangements to come pick them up at our house and spend the night before heading back home. He would be bringing my niece with him so she and Canon could play. Great, right?

Well, my mom caught wind of the situation and decided to come up because both of the grandbabies would be in one place at one time. Cool. Then my dad wants to join in the fun. And of course my younger siblings who live in Atlanta decide to come over too. One big happy family reunion weekend decided in less than a week.

Any other husband/son-in-law/brother-in-law might have cringed at the outlaws spending the weekend, and at such short notice. My guy, though? He actually loves my family and was excited at the prospect. He began thinking of ways to fill our time. Hiking! Kayaking! Swimming in lakes and rivers!

The thundering hordes arrived Friday night and the excitement ensued. What did we end up doing? I know you are at the edge of your seat. Wait for it...

Hiking? Kayaking? Swimming in lakes and rivers? Nope, nope, and nope.

We went to Walmart. Twice. We went to a shoe store. Twice.

No, I am not kidding. Craig was mystified. How could we do absolutely nothing in this beautiful area?! The reality was it didn't matter what we were doing. We were together and having a blast. We laughed and played together, even in the store aisles. We ate together as a family around our table and just spent time together. It was glorious.

We did manage a little "down time" while the kids played outside in the front yard, though.

Canon, being Canon, played soccer with his Uncle Walker. Anderson, however, decided that rocks - or more precisely, concrete - were her thing. She played with the loose rocks all.day.long.

Can't you see how much fun we were having. We were, I swear!

She would gather the rocks...

...and then sprinkle them in a new location. Needed. Obviously.

Occasionally, she would show me what she gathered. "See!"

I know this must look awkward to an outsider, but this was actually pretty funny. You see, my sister decided to be my dad's arms. You know those Helping Hands skits from Whose Line Is It Anyway? Well, those happen a lot around here and it is hilarious.

Vogue. Strike a pose.

Dude looks like a lady!

Flower power, man.

So you see? We had a fantastic time doing nothing. I didn't even take that many pictures. I was actually asked if my camera was broken since I hadn't pulled it out for anything. We went to Walmart, people. Not really photo worthy. I kid, I kid.

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