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Congratulations !!!


…to my little brother Matt and one of my good friends Jess. May your life be filled with joy always! It is so nice that my brother is marrying someone that I have gotten to know as a friend before they started dating. I’m glad you are going to be my sister.(What’s with this kid and pictures, must be his middle child-ness coming out. Oh well, gotta love him.)

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Arrival

We arrived in Phoenix this morning to visit my brother and his family. Boy is it hot here, I don’t want to hear anything about it being a dry heat. It’s still hot! As we pulled into the gate and waited to get off the plane I caught sight of this and Brandon convinced me to take a picture. For some reason I thought it was hilarious, Brandon thought it was too so at least I’m not alone. The first thing that stuck me as we drove around town is how bright it is outside. I mean, we have full on sunshine here but it is nothing compared to there. We were told to keep our sunglasses on while outside so that we didn’t burn our eyes. We were also informed that we needed to carry water with us at all times so as not to get dehydrated. When my sister-in-law Jessica first started working outside soon after their arrival she had to go to the hospital for heat stroke. Her doctor informed her she needed to find a job working indoors.Another thing I noticed was the lack of trees. You can see cactus and hills for miles but no naturally occurring trees. I would miss that if I lived there, and changes in weather, sometimes having a cloudy day is nice.That evening we went to the baseball game. It just so happened that our home team was playing there. We were treated to a complete slaughter, thanks Astros. They have a swimming pool out in right field which I have never seen at a ballpark. I was unimpressed when I actually saw it. I expected something more than a dinky little pool. They pulled out all the stops on that one.

My nephew Matthew was the only one of the three kids who was interested in going to the game. All he needed was his bag of was roasted peanuts and he was all set. He cheered on his Astros to the bitter end much to the amusement of the adults sitting near us. They were impressed with his enthusiasm and told him they would do better next time. After the game was over we headed back. Time to get some much needed sleep for our early start tomorrow.

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Family

Without further ado, all of us in our camping & make-up-less glory!!

Back row: “Little” brothers Matt & Bryan
Middle row: Jess-(Matt’s GF) Kay-(little sis, Bryan’s twin) Collin-(nephew, Bryan & Lindi’s 1st) Lindi-(SIL, Bryan’s wife) Mother, Dad
Front: Brandon and Me

The only family missing are my older brother Jeff & Jessica, and their 3 kids, Noe, Joseph, and Matthew who live in Arizona and weren’t up to the drive. I can’t say that I blame them there.

I have a big family and it gets to be more and more fun each year with the new additions. I am the 2nd oldest of 5 kids who are fairly close in age. Jeff is 13 months older than me, Matt is 21 months younger than me, and the twins, Bryan and Katherine are 18 months younger than Matt.

Growing up was interesting to say the least. Jeff was kind of a bully, I was always moody, Matt was into everything, Kay was whiny, and Bryan was sick a lot (thus grouchy). It is a wonder that my parents never had a breakdown. But for all our faults we all turned out pretty well. We get along great and annoy each other a great deal less than we did growing up.

I enjoy seeing the dynamics of how larger families interact and evolve through the years. It was definitely a different experience growing up then many of my friends experienced. As crowded and loud as it could be, always having to share, having to sacrifice certain things, I wouldn’t change for the world. I am close to my brothers and sister and I truly love them all and count them as friends.

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The Birthday Boy!!


Cutie Collin
“Oh, did you guys want some cake too?”

We ventured to the attic of Texas to help celebrate my dear nephew’s 1st birthday this past weekend. He is actually a Valentine’s baby, much to my tough little brother’s chagrin. It was so good getting to see them all again. Now that they live 6 hours away we don’t get to see them much. Bryan pulled out all the stops and made some awesome fajitas for all of the adults to enjoy. As you can see Collin much preferred HIS cake. He took to it like a champ, smashing both fists down in it as soon as Ann set it down in front of him. The cameras flashed as he smeared himself with the cake. He was really enjoying himself. When Lindi took the cake away he gave her a glare and a grunt as if to say, “Hey, I wasn’t finished with that.”He has really turned into Mr. Personality since we last saw him around Christmas time. He isn’t walking yet but he can stand by himself if he doesn’t realize he’s doing it. He doesn’t speak any intelligible words yet. He babbles with great intent to himself and anyone who will listen. He likes to wrinkle up his little nose just like I remember his daddy doing when he was a wee one. And he sure has a temper; (also like his daddy) we were treated to a throw-back temper but it didn’t last very long.The weekend was entirely too short and we didn’t get to spend nearly enough time visiting. Hopefully we will get to see them all in two weeks when we are supposed to be doing a huge group camp out in the hill country.

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