We had one crazy fun week because of a special visit from our cousin Hope! The only problem was that the week went by way too fast, but we packed it as full as we possibly could with all sorts fun stuff like hooking Hope on Studio C, eating way too much icecream, dancing, laughing like crazy, roller skating, running, late night talks, and so much more... We had such a wonderful time and made so many special memories. :)
Actually, even before Hope came over, we had started off the week with a bang (which means an early--way too early for us Night Owls--morning leaving the house at 6:45am for our church's Pentecost celebration).
And me on the left!
Afterwards we stayed to talk and dance some more (you can never get enough of both those activities!). We also got a family picture with our special "adopted" sister, Lindsey!
And Hope is here!!!
Thus began one hilarious and awesome few days!
After a late movie night (okay, so every night was late), we were up the next morning for a good run. A few of us plan to run a 5K, so Hope started training us. And the rest is history. Painful history. (Seriously, I so sore!)
It is a cousin tradition--we grew up swimming together at Grandma's House. Special memories!
Hope used to do figure skating, so she showed us her fancy moves and taught me how to skate backwards (something I have wanted to learn for quite a while).
Or something like that...
Actually I don't know if I know what he is doing...
I look like I know what I'm doing...
A Hope and Eden selfie.
Hope put together an impromptu photoshoot. Unfortunately I was our photographer and I really don't have a knack for that sort of thing. However, with a little editing from Shiloh, I kind of impressed myself!
So when do you want me to take photos for your special event? Oh wait. I probably should push it.
The light was so brilliant it almost put a glare in some of the pictures...
Someone suggested that we get a picture of us all sitting on the log. However, the self-timer gave me 10 seconds to run into the picture and there was no way I could have got through all the blackberries in my nice clothes that fast. Trust me. If you had seen the other do it, you would know that it was a struggle to get by that log... no less on it!
Thanks to Hope's amazing blow-on-the-camera-battery
trick, we were able to snap this last picture! I had only 2 seconds to
run in the picture... so it looks like I'm running into the picture...
because I am running into the picture.
There were so many exciting things happening every day. Since Eden had to keep up with her homeschool Biology, our friend Tabitha W. came over to do a perch dissection.
I can't help but think the masks look like horse feedbags from the front... and Eden's looks like a duck's bill from the side.
Hope had me teach her some Irish Ceili Dance steps a couple days in advance... she practiced every moment she had and her fancy footwork sure paid off!
Love this picture! Judah and Cecily A. jamming with their Bodhrans.
And that was a very late night--or should I say, very early morning?
Despite the severe lack of sleep from a crazy past few days, we all were up bright and early the next morning to drop Hope off at the airport. It was so sad saying goodbye. :(
We love you, Hope!!!
(Don't we look exhausted? But it was totally worth it!)
Here is a video Elanee S. took of us dancing the Haymaker's Jig with Yours Truly calling it:
We love and miss all our cousins and hope that this blog post has encouraged them to come join us for a while... (hint, hint.)
This was such a special time and the Lord blessed us all with love, laughter, and life.
"The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." ~Numbers 6:24-26