Back row: Dack (brother), Nikki (his wife), Mairen (sister's daughter, held by her dad),
Tony (Shaina's husband), Dad (Bob), Jeremy (hubby). Middle row: Gauge (bro's son, held by Shaina),
Shaina (sister), Mom (Dawn), Cullen (bro's son), Raina (adopted sister), me.
Front row: Alaura (sister's daughter Twin A), Reysa (bro's daughter), and Brenna (sister's daughter Twin B).
30 hours of driving
20 people heard some awesome news ;-)
11 friends visited
10 adults (living together...)
9 total days
6 children (sleeping in one room? Yikes!)
5 meltdowns (by me... tee hee)
4 cans of black olives (ew)
My brother was there... along with his wife and two kids and one baby and one Rottweiler/Pitbull and one chihuahua.
My sister was there... along with her husband and three kids and one puppy and one kitten (who actually came home with us to live with Jeremy's parents... yes, we planned that).
My parents were moving from a house to a condo, seven miles away. (How cool is it that they had ALL of their kids to move for them!? I don't think they had to pack or unpack one box! LOL. Yes, we *are* great kids. ;-) )
Their dog had just died, but Mom thought THIS would be the perfect weekend to bring home a new puppy. Umm... notsomuch.
And we arrived (before the rest of the bunch, actually)... Jeremy, his dad, and I, along with our Baby Ruby in tow.
It was probably one of the craziest weeks of my LIFE.
We brought my sister's twins to camp, which was super fun! What was funny... the math teacher Shaina and I had in high school? His youngest *daughter* was in Alaura and Brenna's camp! AND they got to be good friends! LOL. Too funny. I really wanted to get a photo, but they were all running around like wild banshees.
That little boy in the tye-dye was the camp speaker's son,
and he LOVED trying to get into all our photos. LOL.
Shaina's girls. I SO did not get to spend enough
time with them (because of camp). I may have to fly out to Idaho this fall. :-)
Mairen and I, however, did get some quality gluten-free time together. ;-)
I was stressed, queasy, moody, hormonal, and happy. It was WEIRD. And I heard crazy things come out of my mouth like...
"Don't eat that entire can of olives in one sitting!"
"NOOOO! Don't let the baby do belly flops off the foot of the bed!"
"Dack, wait! Don't pull the baby out of the doggy door until I get a picture!"
and then a few minutes later....
"Could you PLEASE keep your dog inside, so it doesn't attack another one of our animals?!"
"No, I *won't* stop being so opinionated! .... but I'll try my best to keep my opinions to myself." (tee hee)
"If I ever have a boy, I want him to be just like Gauge!"
"What?! We haven't taken a picture of the three of us since like... 2002?! GAH! Let's take lots!" (Dad has the crazy-silly photo of us three Klein kids. I'll have to get a copy of that one. It's too fun!)
Phew. Next time, Jeremy and I will be getting a hotel. LOL. It was fun to see the family though! And I'm so glad I got some pictures! Finally! :-)
Ah. It's so good to be home.