Family Is

In my search for a more “catchy” title to this post, I googled “family is…” and this quote that came up made me laugh:

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” ― George Burns

Couldn’t be farther from the truth for us though – we really wish ours lived closer. But, to focus on the good things with the distance from CA to HI: we sure enjoy the visits, they get to stay longer than just a meal, and we are so very thankful to have them anytime we can.

This time there was a celebration with Cousin Anna’s wedding. Mostly my camera held the pictures previously posted of the kids, but there were luckily a few gems that had all the family in them. Here’s a few of my favs from the wedding day:

Our family of four.  At least everyone is looking in the general direction of the camera, even if smiles weren't prevalent!
Our family of four. At least everyone is looking in the general direction of the camera, even if smiles weren’t prevalent!
With Auntie Nicci awaiting the bride!
With Auntie Nicci awaiting the bride!
Too bright, Mama!
Too bright, Mama!
Blondie cousins running with abandon.
Blondie cousins running with abandon.
Loving her cousins.
Loving her cousins.
Oh to be two and three again!
Oh to be two and three again!
With Grampee!  Finally!
With Grampee! Finally!
I think I like this Grampee guy, Mama!
I think I like this Grampee guy, Mama!
Grampee is awfully funny!
Grampee is awfully funny!
Another, less successful, attempt for us to get a flattering picture of the four of us :)
Another, less successful, attempt for us to get a flattering picture of the four of us πŸ™‚
In Gramma Home's arms.
In Gramma Home’s arms.
My beautiful (& funny & smart!) sister-in-law & me
My beautiful (& funny & smart!) sister-in-law & me
I always wanted a sister...and God gave me an awesome one finally!  (Just wish He put her closer!)
I always wanted a sister…and God gave me an awesome one finally! (Just wish He put her closer!)
The gang all cleaned up (minus Grampee, who was behind the camera I think!)
The gang all cleaned up (minus Grampee, who was behind the camera I think!)

I think we all cleaned up pretty nicely! Wish I would have taken more, but you know – it’s always a balance between capturing the moment and enjoying it at the same time. So, we did more enjoying and less capturing…but still got a few nice ones. And I didn’t focus on taking ones of the bride – she’s a photographer herself and so I left those things to the professionals! πŸ˜‰

Now…I think we should plan our next visit. I think we’re due for a Hawaii trip, so I’ll get on figuring that one out. Winter sounds like a nice time to escape, minus the holidays when everyone has that idea and airfares go up to about four times normal. It’s hard to complain though – I mean, we certainly could have family in worse places than Hawaii! (And I think they could say the same about Santa Barbara, I suppose) πŸ™‚

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