About Me

South Louisiana
I have been married for 20 years to a great husband and we have 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years. I am a homeschooling mom, which can be very challenging. I love sewing, knitting, reading, gardening and have recently started oil painting. I love to create. I really want to have a blog to show off some of the stuff I create, but I also want to share about my life and family. email me at ctrich8@bellsouth.net

Monday, June 9, 2008

Family Weekend

My brother, his wife and their 5 children came in this past weekend. They live in Mississippi and we havn't seen them since Thanksgiving. My children were excited to see their cousins and we enjoyed visiting as well. They stay at my parent's house, but we do everything over here because of the pool. My brother is in the Air Force, so we are really blessed that they are living close enough to easily visit right now. Before Mississippi, they were in Germany! We didn't see them for 3 years! When they left they had 3 children, and when they came back, they had 5 LOL I also gave birth to 2 more children while they were gone : ) Actually, Samuel and Kelsey are 3 1/2 months apart in age and Ava and Quentin are only a week and a half apart. Quentin was born on Christmas Eve and Ava was born January 2. They both missed a major holiday by a day lolol

I find it interesting that my mother and father only had 2 children, but they have 12 grandchildren! They love it, they are wonderful grandparents and are both very involved and proud of their 12 grandchildren. My mother would have actually loved to have had more children, but both my brother and I are basically miracles and she is lucky she was able to have us(especially me lol *just kidding*). It is also interesting that my mother was the baby of 10 and my father was an only child LOL

These pictures are from Saturday. Chad pot roasted 3 big rump roasts(have I said how great it is to have a dh that likes to cook?!) and I made 15 pounds of mashed potatoes, plus field peas, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and bell peppers. We also had watermelon for dessert. This family puts down a whole lot of food! The kids swam and played and had a great time. We watched the Belmont Stakes, Kent Desormeaux (the jockey for Big Brown) is from around here, so we were really hoping for the Triple Crown. Unfortunately, that didn't happen : (

They swam, there sure are a lot of kids in that pool lol

Two of my nieces, Kelsey and Ainsley

My other niece, Ramsey

The little ones had their own pools, the frog one cracks me up lol

Maw maw bought everyone new goggles lol The last two pictures are of my nephew, Quentin.

They played on the swingset and hung upside down like monkeys

They looked for frogs and bugs, this is my nephew, Keegan, holding a cicada.

This picture is just because it was so cute! I wish they got along like this all the time


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a great weekend you had - how lovely that your children have lots of cousins who are of similar ages. Your Mum is certainly blessed to have 12 grandchildren!

muralimanohar said...

What a great time it looks like you guys had! Your yard looks like it was MADE to host that many kids ALL the time! lol I had a houseful of kids yesterday, too, though, for a birthday party, and MAN I couldn't do that often! lol

Tine said...

It looks like a wonderful time! And it is absolutely fantastic to have a dh who likes to cook ;-)
Whenever I have talked about having more children, people say I should think about how a family with 2 kids is welcome most places, but more kids is another matter.... Is that your experience?

beki said...

What a fun time! How blessed you are :-)

ladydi said...

Ahh. . . summer and swimming. The kids will look back on these fun times with a smile when they are grown.

Marie said...

You are so very blessed! Thanks for sharing all the fun your kids have with their cousins. Our kids treasure their time with their cousins...

Love the new look on your blog! I think I may head over there and try a new template (not the same as yours of course!)...I'm bored of the same white blah on mine!

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Tonya, Such great pictures!!! I love that you & your brother have given your parents 12 granchildren! Hope that happens to us too!! We have the two girls... always thinking we'd have more?... so now I have confidence that between the two of them, I too can have lots of little grandchildren around me! Right now though I love having one!....Heidi :) P.S. I have a nephew named Keegan too???...what are the chances of that??? Bye for now!

Trish said...

Fun, fun, fun! Glad you all had such a great time. The pictures are so wonderful. Everyone is going to look back on the summer with great fondness.

sharleen.2cupsofcoffee said...

It's so fun to spend time with family. We are heading to ND on vacation to see our family. WE haven't been home in a year. The kids have 26 cousins. I can't wait to see them have fun with all of them!