Friday, July 16, 2010

Family Time


Good Morning Girls!  Thanks for stopping by and since it is such a hot morning here, I'll offer you a bottle of water rather than coffee.  It's just the best summertime drink and I'm working on it becoming my best "all time" drink. And, just in case you didn't notice, I'm #1 on the list this morning. Awe! so good to be #1 once in a while. ~smile~
At the entrance to Silver Dollar City
Last Wednesday Hubby, my Dad and Step Mom and myself met my baby brother and his family in Branson. We stayed in a 4 bedroom, 4 bath condo on TableRock Lake. It was a beautiful place.
My brother and me


My brother has a 19 year old daughter and a 14 year old son. They were such troopers and it seemed as though they did not mind a bit being with all us "old folks."  They are some great kids.  It's always been fun to have a brother 13 years younger than myself!
My sweet niece and nephew
We enjoyed seeing some shows, checking out the outlet shopping, going to Silver Dollar City, game playing in the evening and just being together.

Grandpa with his Grandson







The Ladies






My brother after a 16 1/2 mile early morning run
My brother is preparing for a partial climb up Mt. Everest next March and began preparing for this about 3 months ago.  He's always been very committed to exercise and being fit, but he is on an unbelievable schedule for this endeavor.  And, he is hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon in October 2011 and I have little doubt that he will qualify.  Last Saturday morning while the rest of the family was snoozing away he was gone on a 16 1/2 mile run and didn't look all that weary upon his return to the condo.  Amazing!

Hubby looking at the map of Silver Dollar City
Getting ready to ride the Segways
One of the hi-lites of the trip was riding the Segways.  I almost backed out but decided that I really didn't want to miss out on this fun and I wanted my niece and nephew to think they had a very "hip" Aunt. ~chuckle~  Putting on the crazy helmets was the worse part, but riding them was such fun.  I've decided I wouldn't mind having one to run about the neighborhood on. ~smile~

About to take off
Daddy relaxing
I'm so grateful for the opportunity that our family had to be together for this special time.  I feel so blessed to call them "mine."  Since we're separated by many miles, we look forward to the times we are together and try to make a lot of memories in the process.  Last week was one of those times. 

For more great "blog hopping" head on over to Rachel Anne's.  It's a lot of fun and addicting! ~giggle~
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

13 comments:

  1. You always have the most fun!! Wow @ your brother's dedication! Maybe he will see Norm's brother for the marathon, he's hoping to qualify one day, maybe it'll be next year. I will never in my life be able to do a marathon. Possibly a half. Miss reading your stories! Have a lovely lovely weekend.

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  2. haha, I am SO impressed that you road the segway! Was it difficult to get used to? What a fun trip

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  3. You look like you have a blast with your family! What a fun time! The segway looks cool...I heard they use your body weight and gravity to run.
    Thanks for stopping by this morning and hope to visit again sometime!

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  4. That looks like such a wonderful time together with family. You look like you're very lucky and very blessed to call them "yours". And I thought my sister was the only one crazy enough to get up and run 15+ miles while on VACATION!!! Ha! Good having a bottle of water with you here today. . .never been to Branson but it's on the "list" -- glad to know there is enough there for different generations.

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  5. Good luck to your brother as he trains! Looks like you had a great time. I'm glad you had to chance to vacation as a family.

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  6. Wow!!! What a fun trip! You have a very beautiful family. The segway looks like it so much fun! Thank you for praying for us! Your sweet comments on my blog feel like a hug from a friend. Blessings, EMichelle

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  7. Wow...
    I'm impressed!, a Segway! They look so cool but I've always thought it would be hard to ride! You look great on it! How lovely to have all that quality family time. Blessings on your day!

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  8. Having good times with family can be the very best time. I've always thot that those segways would be so fun...I'm glad you had the courage to try it!

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  9. I so enjoyed reading this post and seeing the pictures. You have a beautiful family. I think your brother is possibly close to my age and he puts me to shame, proving you can still be in great shape in your forties. Time for me to dust off my running shoes!

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  10. I've always wanted to try a segway...you are definitely hip!

    Love seeing the photos of our family....and had to pop down to read last weeks coffee post (the one I forgot to set up the links to) and chuckled that your dad made a man cave. My husband has one of those out in the barn :) Actually, it's a converted stall area that he made into a room with air conditioning and work space. Every man's dream, right?? Just like my dream is to have a little cottage out back that's just for me, my books and a bathtub.....

    Have a great weekend!

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  11. I love your family pics! You are very photogenic :) Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings to you!
    Cindy :)

    P.S. I enjoy your peaceful, soothing music. THANK YOU! :)

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  12. Thanks so much for visiting me!

    Looks like you have a lovely family and you had a lot of fun!

    I can't believe your brother can run 16 miles. Mercy!!!!

    Have a blessed day!
    Beth

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  13. Thanks so much for visiting me!

    Looks like you have a lovely family and you had a lot of fun!

    I can't believe your brother can run 16 miles. Mercy!!!!

    Have a blessed day!
    Beth

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So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!