Buddie’s whole family made the effort to trek to our new hometown to spend a week with us. We hosted Nonni and Poppi and older cousins at our house on various nights, and the other sibling in town hosted the rest of the family at his home. It was a wonderful week and included the zoo, Cheekwood, a pontoon boat ride, Nashville Shores water park, Family Olympics, a birthday/anniversary celebration, the Motor Museum, an opportunity for all the children to visit and laugh and play with all the relatives.
The week was smooth and fun and very busy. We all had a great time. One of the things I love about that side of the family is that everyone plays with everyone. You’ll see random adult engaged with random child, playing a game or sharing a story.
And to my great delight, unlike last year, our youngest niece was willing to smile at me this year! Uncle Buds was not the only one accepted besides her parents! Woohoo!
The preparation for family’s arrival:
Pictures taken by Poppi:
It was a bit of a struggle, and sometimes still is, to find the time and the place for all of us to gather, but this week per year that we spend together has been a blessing and will be one of the fantastic memories of our children’s childhood.