The Sisterhood/Brotherhood/Familyhood of the Traveling Gene

The "Spread Your Wings and Fly" gene.  Somehow we all got it.

I feel a little bad for my parents who rarely see their grand kids.

But what can you do?  Out of seven kids one lives in MD, one lives in MO, one lives in CO, one lives in ID, and three live in UT.  One is still living at home and trying to finish school, we are living in the same city but I desperately want to move out of state, and one lives quite a ways south.

So when one of my siblings comes into town, there is always a big dinner, laughter, talking and game playing.

Two of my sisters happened to be here at the same time, so we of course had a dinner/birthday party.

I had a wonderful time talking with my niece.  Turns out, we have lots in common.  But she is much better at archery than I am.

And we found an unattended camera.

One of the fundamental rules in my family is to never leave your camera unattended.  Why?

That's why.

My niece and I had a lot of fun filling up a memory card.  I love digital cameras, but sure miss the surprise factor of a camera with film.  What a fun gift it would be for the owner to find our smiling noses faces on their camera!

But in my family it is just a way to make sure we are remembered.  That darn traveling gene.  We have to stay connected somehow and close up nose shots are how we truly say we love each other.

And tomorrow is round two of family time.  I will be taking my camera.  And no, it will not leave my sight.  I can't wait!

* * *Fess Up Friday * * *
I lost 2 lbs this week!  I am a little excited about the whole thing.  I have been doing fairly well with not eating junk... aside from the night we lit a fire and had marshmallows.  Boy were they good.  I started green smoothies again today and couldn't believe how good I felt all day.  I didn't even want any junk all day.  I was pretty surprised and impressed with it myself.  So glad I brought back the green smoothy.  Also, I got a new book that I have been longing to read.  It is The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II.  I am loving it so far, and hope I can implement some of the things I learn.  But again 2 lbs is not a lot, but it makes me happy.  Yay!  This whole fess up thing is really helping.


Anonymous said…
2 pounds is great! And what is in this green smoothie that makes you not want junk food? Sounds like a miracle diet!
I'm from a big family that never sees each other, too. It's nice to have those traditions to keep you connected.
Familia Morales said…
Ditto to everything Natasha said. Need more info on the green smoothie. And be proud of those 2 lbs!
Emmy said…
My family is spread out everywhere too. My parents are in Illinois, two of us are in CA, one is in UT, one is in Oregon, and two are in IL.

And congrats on the weight loss!
Blogs said…
Oh my. U wouldn't wanna see our goofy off the charts shots. Too funny! Some embarrassing but who cares;) 2 PDS! WOW congrats! Keep it up....I need to get my butt in gear again! I think the junk food diet works best for me;) hehe! Have a great weekend!
Susan Anderson said…
Two pounds is a LOT, because you're just a little bit over the weight you want, so it's not as easy to lose as if you're waaaay over, like me.

Good for you!!

Anonymous said…
what unique photo,
you have beautiful perspective!
love your ideas and wit!
Anonymous said…
Happy Friday!

I have a family vacation post today,
welcome for a visit in my blog!

take good care!
Anonymous said…
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Gail said…
Haha! Love the photos - cool idea to leave a surprise on the camera!

Our family are mostly far away too. Does make for good reunion dinners though!
Dimes2Vines said…
2 lbs is great! Stopping by from Fri Follows - I'm a new follower! Love to have you stop by:
Great post! You're so lucky to come from a big family and have SISTERS! My children didn't grow up with cousins, or much family at all. I think they missed out. Probably why they want lots of kids someday.

Love the pictures and camera 'rule'! Too funny!
Enjoy the rest of your 'family' visitors! :-) ~ Coreen

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