The end of May my baby brother married his high school sweetheart. We absolutely ADORE his new wife! It was such a precious weekend spent with family. Travis' family is all here in Texas which means we see them frequently. Whereas my side of the family is spread between Missouri, Colorado and Iowa. It was such a special time getting to soak up every minute with my grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. The older I get the more I appreciate those relationships. There is truly nothing better than being around people who truly KNOW you.
I grew up in a big family. Family gatherings always meant lots of noise (the fact that most of the kids were boys added to the noise factor) and laughter. It feels normal to me to be around it, but it always makes me smile a bit because I'm sure it's a bit of a shock for all of the in-laws who are marrying into it. I am so grateful that we have so many people that we can call our family. It is something that I don't want to ever take for granted.
*the groom to be :) This handsome man is the baby of our family! I am so proud of you Timmy!
*my grandparents... I love you both more than you know!
*the Original 5 in birth order
*the beautiful bride and groom
*I'll give myself an A for effort when it came to a photo of all 5 :)
*Each night we would all gather around my parent's fire pit. The kids would run around in the yard while the adults visited around the fire. Such a sweet time!
*The girls were the Flower Girls (along with their cousin Tinley) for the wedding.
*my kid's have never had their own Coke before. We typically lean towards Sprite or Rootbeer if they're going to have the treat of a soda. But at the wedding I allowed them to each have their own Coke. It was the CUTEST. THING I have ever seen watching them sip their Cokes, giggle with delight, burp a little and then sip some more :)