Monday, June 13, 2011

Visiting the East Coast

At the beginning of last week, we made the grueling, two-day road trip from Texas to my parents' house in upstate NY.  Pulling into their driveway on Monday night was such an intense relief!

Here is some embroidery that I did during our journey:

Embroidery done on our car trip from TX to NY

I didn't get much done, because I was completely absorbed in reading Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince (I'm such a looser -- I only get into things when they're no longer trendy).

The next five days were filled with lots of cooking (seven of my eight siblings still live at home, plus my little nephew, and then the addition of our family of six = sixteen people in the house), endless dishes (they have to run the dishwasher THREE TIMES A DAY), late (LATE!) night visits with my brothers and sisters, and lots of quality family time all around.  We were SO busy, in fact, that I never even managed to upload any pictures until just now.

My sisters and I, out together for the night
Three of my sisters and I, out for the night together.  (From left: Hannah, Grace, me, Joy -- Rachel is only 13, and therefore a little too young to go "out".)  As you can see, Grace and I managed to get caught in a flash thunder-storm.  Fun!

Family picture
My whole family except for my brother Jonathan, who is an officer in the Army and stationed in Germany.

I'll be sharing snippets of our visit over the next few days, as well as some of my projects that I've brought along to work on.  We're staying at my husband's parents' for the rest of the week, and the pace of life here is a bit more gentle, so I may be able to focus a little more on my own pursuits.

Have a lovely Monday!!


Lindsey Kent said...

Ahh. Harry Potter :) the always lurker that I am - my husband and I started reading the series to our kids in September when the Lego Harry Potter sets came out. Our kids were 3,5,7 at the time. They have really enjoyed it. After each book we make an event of watching the movie that corresponds to the book. We are currently on book 5. Gosh even with borrowing the books on CD's from the library to get us through some long family trips - its still taken us this long to get to the last quarter of book 5.

Wonderful family photos! Dang, we never get more than half the people smiling at the camera at any time - regardless of size of the group :) Enjoy your vacation!

Dani said...

beautiful embroidery and LOVE HP! i've read those books numerous times and they're still amazing.

livnletlrn said...

Wow, good job on the family portrait. Not easy w/ that many people!

Nancy said...

I must say I never got into Harry Potter...:(

You have such a gorgeous family... It must have been great growing up with so many brothers and sisters!


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