I've actually thought a lot about family in the last few months. (Not that I don't usually think of these things) but since I've seen some of my family for the first time in years, I have been thinking about how important it is to have family involved in your life. We moved a lot when I was growing up and didn't really live near either side of the family. So seeing aunts/uncles/cousins wasn't a regular occurrence for me. After being down in NC a few times this year, I finally realized how much I want to establish relationships with my cousins and aunts/uncles in my adult life. It's important to have people that share that common bond of grandparents and stories that happened before we were born. I know that I live pretty far from most of them but I want to make a better effort to get to know them more. I've always been envious of the really close knit extended families because it's so comforting to share a history with other people. Besides that, I really like my family. I am very lucky that way.
While the fam was here, I got some pictures of them. Because, well, you know how I love to take pictures...
Here is my cousin Hillary and her boyfriend Jeshua. He'd never been to a Friendly's before so this was his first experience.
My Dad and I after the service on Sunday. Wow--it was hot yesterday! Dad, Grandma and Aunt Karen sitting on the porch