Today, I finally turned on my laptop for the first time in months. I looked at the first photo in our last twelve months folder and realized that it was a picture from my Grandma's 80th birthday party, which was one year ago. Time has flown by, and I can't believe how much we've done in the last year. Bob's computer is in the shop (the boys keep putting tons of cds in the cd drive, and so I'm without all of our pictures from our trip to Louisiana and Texas from last year). We had a fabulous time celebrating Momo's 80th birthday/family reunion. I have some great pictures, but you're lucky enough not to have to look at them.
On our way from Florida to Louisiana, we made a short pit stop in Amite to see the Clay Cains. My cousin Ann's new baby, Drew, was James's favorite part of the stop despite the indoor bounce house and cousins the same age to play with.
At Momo's we partied like she was 79. The boys love the zip line my Uncle Frank installed across the backyard. Momo had to get in on the zip line action even though she was wearing her dressy party clothes.
Poor Bob didn't get a vacation until the beginning of September last year, and I remember that he was in desperate need of some down time. We were able to take a little time after the crowds cleared out to spend some time with Momo. The boys adore their Momo. I'm pretty sure it's mutual. We spent a day just relaxing before we headed to Houston to visit the Gabriels.
Probably one of the most entertaining parts of our trip to Eric & Jeannine's was the basketball show Bob and Eric put on. Quinn was playing on a basketball team that Eric was coaching, so there was much display of skills. Before our trip to the front to play basketball (with a little football heaving during the down time), Ryan fell into the pool in the backyard. Only Ryan. That child never looks where he is going. James decided to run into oncoming traffic to retrieve a basketball in the front yard. I'm not sure why Michael didn't try to kill himself, but by the end of the evening, I think we properly demonstrated the difference between three boy children and two girl children.
The boys after Ryan's unplanned dip into the pool. We always have such a wonderful time we when get a chance to see the Gabriels. Now that we're older and have more children, there is a lot less alcohol consumed, but still as much fun.
Our last stop before Florida was at Aunt Sue & Uncle JP's house. The most entertaining thing for the boys was watching Aunt Sue take off her hair. James is so disappointed that it doesn't come off anymore. She did have quite a few wigs, and the boys tried them on for size and looked like a tiny version of an 80s hair metal band. This trip was our last attempt at making the 14 hour drive (that's without stopping for any reason) in one day. When we got home, Michael went around the house and greeted all of his things. After being away from home for so long, I know exactly how he felt.