This week was all about family.  My mom came for a visit from Sunday to Thursday. Then, on Friday morning we left for Alabama to visit with Josh’s family for the weekend.

We had a good visit with my mom.  She loves to cook and prepared all of the meals while staying with us.  One evening she cooked a shrimp boil.  She put red potatoes, onions, corn on the cobb, and jumbo shrimp in a large pot with crab boil; then served it with a side of homemade cocktail sauce.  It was so delicious, and reminded me of when she would make this dish for me and my brother when we were kids.

We also had a good visit with Josh’s family.  We arrived around 6pm Friday evening. Josh’s mom had also prepared a delicious dinner for us.  We got to visit and catch up around the dinner table.  Saturday morning, we went to see Josh’s great Aunt: Aunt Carol.  John Luke’s great great Aunt.  She is 92 years old and is in extended care at the nursing home.  She still continues to amaze me.  Aunt Carol was so alert and spry, she commented several times on John Luke’s smile, and what a big boy he is to be 6 months old.

That afternoon Josh’s brother, his wife and their four kids, came over for a cookout.  We grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, and Josh’s dad made us homemade peach ice-cream.   Sunday was Josh’s birthday, so we celebrated early, and Josh’s mom made his favorite.  A sour cream poundcake.

They have a longstanding gag gift that gets passed to a different family member every couple of years (either at birthdays or on Christmas), and Josh got it this year.  It is a Jimmy’s Heating and Cooling Jacket.  There is a story behind re-gifting the jacket which is a family joke.

The kids marched with musical instruments: a drum, cymbals, and a tambourine.  They also sang the Star Spangled Banner, My Country Tis of Thee, and sited the Pledge of Allegiance; led by Josh’s mom who is a retired music teacher.  They also made up a song, and put on a show for us called “About Beach”.

It was a good visit, I just wish we all lived closer, and could see each other more often.  We plan to go back in August for a five day visit, with more extended family.  It’ll be here before you now it, but I already can’t wait.



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