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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Anders summer visit




This past week, we had a full house with visitors. After our cruise, Abby and Nate stayed in Florida and Grandpa Garry, Grandma Genie, Allison and Drew flew in on Monday June 30th. Ryan, Amanda and Graydon started their drive down on Sunday June 29th and drove pretty much straight here (just stops for gas) and arrived at 3am Monday morning. The Gobles were actually coming to stay and this week they took possession of their new rental, received their moving truck, unloaded the truck and started moving in. It was a crazy week with lots to do, but we still did lots together and had a bunch of fun.

On Tuesday, Ryan had to wait around for their moving truck to be delivered and I had to work. Everyone else went to the beach club and swam at the pool at the club.






















The kids loved swimming in the pool, of course. Graydon was crazy about the pool and the "wa-wa".




On Wednesday, we all got dressed up for family pictures. Grandma and Grandpa wanted studio style pictures, however they couldn't find a studio with availability and our normal photographer Jenn Hopkins doesn't have a studio. We did our best to accommodate them and moved everything out of our dining room so we could use it for pictures. The blue walls and wood floor hopefully will look nice for the photos and we had some nice natural light coming through the windows. We haven't seen the pics yet, but we hope they turn out. It was a difficult process, especially with kids and baby Graydon. We can't wait to see the pics!





The weather was a bit hot, but we still played outside whenever we could.



We all played quite a bit of tennis together. Andrea, Genie, Abby, Nate, Drew and I all went out and played doubles a few times. Nate and I had so much fun we played every chance we got. We had a pretty epic match on Saturday before they left. I won the first set 7-5, but Nate got his lob figured out and beat me 6-3 and 7-5 on the last two sets. My back hurts and I'm exhausted from all the tennis, but it was worth it.

Connor played with us too whenever he could. We brought out the kid balls and hit them around with him quite a bit. I got a cute video of Nate playing with him and they got to 14 hits back and forth. Unfortunately the video is a little shaky because one of those terrible yellow flies was drinking my blood while I was trying to film.


Graydon had fun playing at our house, and Paige loved doing iPad with him. Amanda and Ryan did a ton of work unpacking this week and cleaning up their new place. He was a good little boy, and I think he enjoyed his time with everyone around.


Nate took Connor and Drew to Latitude 30 on Thursday and they did some bowling and video games.



Nate got a cool slow-motion video of Connor picking up a spare, but unfortunately it's not slow-motion when I put it on Youtube. It's still a cute video though.





On July 4th, we took Allison and Drew to the mall to do a little shopping and for lunch. We got Allison a purse, Drew some new shirts, and then ate at Cantina Laredo.





One of my favorite parts of the week was when Connor was doing some dancing by the pool. A storm was nearby, so we all had to wait and make sure the lightning got far enough away before we got in. Connor put on Nate's sunglasses and then Nate started laying down a funky beat called "Boots and Cats". Connor's dancing was so cute and hilarious. I got a little of it on video, and it always makes me smile to watch it. He has the cutest moves.







Connor rested for a little while and then he danced with Allison and Abby.


Their dance together was pretty darn cute too, but I promised Allison I wouldn't post it online.



The night of the 4th, Andrea and I went to the clubhouse to celebrate our neighbor Clara's birthday. She threw a great party and it was fun to see a lot of our friends and neighbors that we haven't seen in a while.


On Saturday, the 5th, everyone got packed up and then we ate at Ted's Montana Grill on the way to the airport. Uncle Nate and Allison made some cute glasses with the kid's meal toys for Connor and Paige while we waited for our food.


It was tough to say goodbye to everyone today, especially for the Gobles since they're getting ready for a big adjustment in to their new life as Florida residents. At times, it was a bit crazy around our house this past week, but we appreciate everyone coming all the way from Missouri to spend some time this summer with us.

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