The next day, my brother, Kenny, had a family gathering to celebrate his wedding to Joana and wish him well on his tour of duty for the Army Reserves. We're not certain where he's going, but he'll be gone until next year. Congratulations on the wedding and we wish you a safe return!
Luca was interested in the kids climbing the tree...
Uncle Todd and his daughter (my cousin), Samantha (Sam)
Grandma Bea, Uncle Gary, and Aunt Laura
Back: Kenny, me, my sister Megan, and my dad Stewart
Front: Joana, Kyra, Luca, and my mom Teresa
Liliana' Princess Dress
We enjoyed spending time reading
Liliana's birthday cake with a castle perfect for a little princess
Our makeshift tent
On the last day of our visit, we went out to eat for breakfast. There were these big statues of Peanuts characters, and Luca and Liliana seemed to like them. Luca was especially covetous of the cars at the feet of one of them (in the second photo).
Liliana was quite sad to see us go. She kept asking for us after we left. This was also the first trip in which I got to hold Dalila, and we really bonded. She's such a little cutie, and I think she needs a lot of attention. She would lean into my face for physical contact and enjoyed touching my face. I think my scruffy beard may have been ticklish. She is surprisingly strong, vocal, and independent. She played with Liliana and Luca, tumbling after them as fast as she could. I wish I could see both of them more often, like every other weekend...
On the way home, Luca was having fun playing with a map after Kyra tried to find us an alternate route when the traffic slowed to a stop.
When we finally got home, we were greeted by a silly cat named Mars. He likes the box now.
Late Summer 2010 Album