As most of you know, my brother and his family have been here (staying with my parents) since July 2nd and today is their last day. It’s always hard to say goodbye, but it is even harder for Keenan as he gets older. He and my niece have been playing and swimming together pretty much everyday, so I know it is going to feel weird once they are gone. On our way over to my parents’ house earlier today to say goodbye and swim one last time with my niece, Keenan told me “he was going to feel sad when they are not here.” It broke my heart. He has had such a great time playing with his cousins (even though they can get on each others’ nerves from time to time!) that he doesn’t want the fun to end. It has been such a treat to have them only 5 minutes away the past few weeks when my brother and his family are actually 3,000 miles away, and Skype isn’t the same! In addition to Skype, I told Keenan that he and his cousin can write letters (or send each other pictures) which is what I did with my best friend who lived in Oregon when I was a child.

Anyhow…absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Or, maybe that is just for couples in love?! Either way, it makes our visits that more special, as we all appreciate our time with one another even more since we live so far apart.

It has been a marvelous month with family, so I thought I would share a few highlights from the past few weeks…

Annual cousin picture on the 4th of July


Peach picking in our family farms’ orchard!

peach picking

Drinking peach milkshakes or “wearing” peach milkshake mustaches!

peach milkshakes

Playtime with Mirella

cousins playing together

A quick picture with Nonna on the last day of swim lessons!

Kid Swim Lessons

That’s a wrap. Time sure flies when you are having fun!

Thanks Katie, for hosting another Marvelous In Monday!

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Do you have family that live far away? If so, how do you stay in touch?