As you may remember, my family celebrated Christmas in August this year and while we had a great time, i didn’t want my parents departure to Arizona to keep us from seeing my sister & brother (who live close to my parents).  So, the kids and I headed to Trisha’s house for a quick visit on the 23rd & 24th (which also happens to be her birthday!).  We took the kids roller skating

That’s Ezra in the red helmet & Troy approaching in the green Grinch shirt with the big eyes.

they played a bunch of games, included some Mario cart Wii time (the boys were very excited about this since I’m mean and we don’t have it)

Trish & I went for a 3 mile walk for her birthday (she must have really liked it because when we got back, her friend Rachel asked if she wanted to go for a walk, she went on another 3 mile walk!)

The kids stayed at Trisha’s while I took Ashley & Matthew (my brother’s older kids) out to breakfast and then stopped by my brothers house to see him and Dakota (the 2 1/2 year old) and got to see Brittany too (my SIL’s daughter who is very sweet).  Dakota didn’t want much to do with me though with Matthew around-I teased Matthew that I’d have to keep him away next time!

Then Trish & I went to see Grandpa, who continues to do well at 98 years old.  I asked him how he was doing and he said “pretty good . . . not bad enough to die!”  He’s pretty ready to go and always makes a joke with me about it.  We had some lunch and then took off for home.  It was quick but glad I got to personally deliver a few gifts and see my sis on her birthday:)   And, I know-horrible pictures, I was just a little burnt out from taking sooo many pictures that I just wanted to relax and not worry about it.

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