What's better than seeing (in Moriah's lingo) "Unca Dafid" one Sunday in July? Seeing him two Sundays in July, of course! :)
Our first opportunity to visit with my brother David came last Sunday when he drove down for an annual family reunion. I knew he was coming but had not told my kids, thinking to surprise them when we walked into the reunion; but when we woke up that day, my son David started talking about seeing Uncle David at the reunion. Had someone spilled the beans to him?, I wondered. Turns out that it was just a lucky guess on little David's part, based on his remembrance that big David had come to this reunion before. Smart boy. :)
Well, even if it wasn't a surprise, it was a delight, for sure! :)
Before, during, and after the meal, Moriah kept slipping out of her chair and going around the table so she could sit in her uncle's lap. He always made room for her. :)
She also got to sit in her grandma's lap and show off their pretty "matching" dresses (an unplanned coincidence since I didn't know what my mom was going to wear that day!). :)
Little surfer dude Shav also loved the chance to hang out with Uncle David. :)
The after-dinner entertainment was provided by a local barbershop quartet, including one of the members who is Jeff's customer (and who happened to also be in this barbershop quartet that came to my house a few years back on Valentine's Day and embarrassed...I mean, serenaded me!). ;-)
Besides seeing my brother at the reunion, it was also great to see a couple of my cousins. I got to sit next to the wife of my cousin Matt, and it was really the first chance that Megan and I had ever had to talk much. Of course, our conversation was *occasionally* interrupted by the needs of little ones, but we moms are used to that. ;-) As the reunion wrapped up, I felt like I could have stayed and talked a lot longer! :)
Fast forward a week, and that brings us to today: our second Sunday that we got to spend with Uncle David.
This time, our visit involved us driving up to their house--something we try to do each summer on a nice warm day that is perfect for playing in their pool. :) (Pictures from our 2013 visit are here.) Today, the drive up seemed to take half of forever, rather than the normal time of three hours, and the kids were bouncing off the walls of the minivan by the time we arrived. But most of the craziness was happy craziness, so it wasn't too bad. :)
A delicious lunch as soon as we arrived, and then...
Sadly, I didn't take any pictures of the rest of the family; and I'm sorry about that. :( But we loved each bit of our time with David's wonderful wife Lori and two of their children (the third is away at camp).
For "The Davids" picture, little David said that they needed to do splits. That's all well and good for him, but Uncle David wasn't exactly successful in attaining that pose. ;-)
And then we rode home in a considerably quieter car than we did on the way up. Moriah fell asleep right away; and during the course of the trip, all the boys but Tobin slept, at least for a little while.
Swimming all afternoon is hard work after all. :)
And that is the story of our two Sundays with "Unca Dafid!" I wonder how we can contrive to see him for a third Sunday in a row... ;-)