So, I realize I kind of disappeared from the blogosphere for a while, and I do so very much apologize. (especially since my last post went on and on about the epicness that was going to be happening at my house.)
But I did have a really good reason, I swear!
Because the epicness that I talked about was a freaking family reunion!! (I know, you're all like... thrilled. )
See, my two sisters who are married live waaaaay away from us, and we only see them every two to three years or so. (which stinks) So a couple years ago, we all decided that for Mom and Dad's 35th anniversary, we should surprise our parents and get all the kids together at the same time. (the last time we were all together at home was at Laura's wedding which was... eight years ago.)
Getting it sorted and planned without Mom and Dad knowing was a bit tricky, but we were sneaky and secretive and they had no idea.
And the surprise rocked.
Look! Look at all the people who emerged! (And yes, Justin really is that tall. He's six foot eight!)
Can I just say that suddenly having eleven kids under eight almost overwhelmed me with adorableness? I'd just sit there like, "I'm their aunt. I have the cutest nieces and nephews on the planet!"
Let's just say there was a little of this:
And a little of that.... (Thank you, Dan, for trying to teach me to dance. :)
s'mores are delicious!
Waaay too much of this:
We love food!
Mom and Dad!
A truly ridiculous amount of just talking. And laughing. Because our conversations quickly move from serious matters like how yummy the aforementioned food was, to the stupid things we used to do.
The visit was perfect, it was so much fun! It's been so long since we've all been together and just relaxed. We packed in hiking, and swimming, we went to the park, we played volleyball. (way more fun than I thought it would be)
We even managed to get a professionally taken family picture, which was awesome. (the last one we had was when I was nine, and my face got partially cut off so it looks like I'm biting the frame.)
The only thing that stinks about the visit is that it's over. I don't like saying goodbye for another couple of years! *sniff*
I understand the Doctor.
The vacation's over, everyone leaves, and I'm just here like:
Hee! I might not be as depressed as Ten, I'll give you that, but the house does feel emptyish now.
Anyway.... real quick: Mary! I can't comment on your blog! It won't let me!
So yeah! That is why I was gone. But now I'm back and things will be back to normal. Yay!
And now I must go, because I've been on the computer way too long, sorting through pictures and figuring out which ones to not post.