Shortly after the new year we got a return visit from my sister Saydi and her family en route across the country to their new stomping grounds.
We got cousin Hazel first, who requested as a Christmas gift to get a plane ticket to come stay with us rather than drive across the country.
Which I think was a mighty grand idea.
We loved having this girl all to ourselves for a few days.
Nothing like one-on-one time with cousins. Never let schooling interfere with that :)
Then Saydi and the rest of the family arrived with their two cars packed to the hilt with everything they were moving across the country for their six month adventure in California (more about that wonder over HERE).
We made a visit to my brother's school where he teaches...
(I know I'm a little biased, but that brother of ours is an exceptionally extraordinary teacher.)
We visited our beloved temple that is close-by:
We took them to visit the beauty of the desert on a hike.
Loved soaking it in with a sister who goes as wild about it all as I do.
We made it up to the Wind Caves with all these troopers:
We swam at Josh's neighborhood pool (that is heated) until fingers turned right into prunes...
Took more "polar plunges" under cotton candy skies:
Saydi conducted "cousin-races" of all sorts on the sidelines of Claire's soccer game which Lucy was over-the-moon about:
Thank goodness I get to go visit soon.