Sunday, April 01, 2012

family, sisters, children (way too many pics but my nieces and nephews are cute!! )

It has been busy, active, and a bit noisy around here. My sister B lives in Michigan. On Wednesday after their oldest daughter, G, was done with school, they left home and drove to Minnesota. They showed up on our doorstep around 3:30 Thursday afternoon. While they stayed in a hotel, they ate at our house and hung out at our house a fair amount. The doll above is my sisters youngest. L is six months old and sweet as can be. Below is B's middle girl, E, who is about 2.5 years old.

Friday night, my parents showed up and on Saturday we went to the hospital to see my sister A's family. Last Monday, my nephew K broke his arm falling out of bed. On Wednesday, I got a phone call from A asking about where to go to a Goodwill to buy button down shirts for K.

I'm a bit dim. I couldn't figure out why he needed button down shirts. Once I figured it out, I went to Goodwill and bought him some shirts. The Hawaiian print you see above is a bit big but I really wanted to buy him a Hawaiian shirt so...:)

A is holding my sister's baby in the photo above.


After B and her husband saw the twins, we moved to the Ronald McDonald House. My sister's family  has moved into the off-site RM house and so that is where we went. The adults did a lot of sitting, visiting, holding little ones, and taking catnaps.

Tim takes a nap.

There is a huge play castle at the Ronald McDonald house. It is very, very cool. In the shot above, my K is preparing to bring the dragons up to to the top of the castle to live there.

K grills on the castle balcony.

Life-saving extraction. This dragon had three small people wedged inside of him.

Sorry about all the pictures of L but she is so very, very, very cute. She loved me so I got to hold her lots and lots.

My Mom

It was quite nippy this weekend but the kids did decide they wanted to go outside. I took lots of shots of them swarming over the playground. There were only five of them but they were in perpetual motion so that it seemed like there were many, many more.

These children have fabulous imaginations. Because of the castle there were many games with dragons, pixies, fairies, queens and other fantastic creatures.

I really like the reflection shot I took of my two sisters in the photo above.

The last game the kids played had to do with pixies making a home on an island that was actually a whale. Here K is calling them all to get on the boat so they can get away!!

Everyone left today.

An update on the twins. The week started out a bit rough but it improved steadily. I understand that today was a bit rougher again but overall, they seem to be improving.

I think staying in a place that has more than one room and that isn't actually at the hospital has really chirped up my sister and her family. Apparently the day they moved in, K went and sat in his room just happy to have a place of his own.


  1. Beautiful pictures!
    What a joy it will be to see pictures of those twins running around someday!
    Praying for your family.

  2. Thinking about the twins everyday, it must have made your sister feel loved to have extended family around. The castle at the RM House is quite something and L is absolutely beautiful, your shots capture gorgeous skin that just radiates.

  3. How lovely to be surrounded by family during a time of need. Your photos, as always, captured the days beautifully. (((HUGS))) and prayers for your family.

  4. It must be very comforting to have family nearby in this difficult time. I pray for the twins and their family every night. The broken arm doesn't seem to slow K down at all!
    Beautiful photos as always!

  5. Amazing pics! I so wish that I had taken these kind of pictures of my daughter when she was this age. You really did a wonderful job of capturing their sweet little play time. :) Hope your sisters family is doing better.


    P.S. Love the William Powell quote!

  6. i love all their sweet little faces Melissa. You have a real knack for getting the most adorable shots. How do you do that?!!!!

    it's good to hear that the twins are doing alright. i feel for little K and his broken arm. it must be a difficult time for him right now...

  7. I love the reflection image too. The kiddos are darling. Never apologize for sweet baby pics. I am thankful the twins are stable. Slow and steady is good. Praying still.

  8. So glad there is progress for your nephews. You take such amazing photos, Melissa. I wish you lived closer so you could photograph my brood. :)