Monday, January 25, 2010

Sisters, Sisters

We had the pleasure of having 3 of Chuck's sisters visit for almost a week. Charise came with her new daughter, Savannah, and Tiffany brought Brooklyn. Mitzi came up from NC with her 3 kids Connor, Tara, and Zetta for a few nights. We had quite the house-full, but we all had so much fun hanging out, shopping together, making hair clips, touring Maymont and downtown Richmond, and staying up to the wee hours of the morning chatting.
The cousins all had such a great time together. They loved having a sleepover. It was crazy at bedtime and I think they went to bed after 10pm both nights all the older cousins were here. It just warms my heart when I watch my girls play with their cousins. I only have 5 cousins total and we only got together a few times a year growing up, so I think it's just awesome that my girls right now have 18 cousins. There is just something more special about a cousin that's different than a friend.
Chuck is such a wonderful uncle. He loves all of his nieces and nephews so much. The girls and I decided that we needed to make a late night run to Wal-Mart, so we left all the sleeping kids with Chuck. When we came home we found Chuck asleep on the couch with 2 babies in his arms and one on the floor. (middle picture below)

It was so wonderful to get to spend time with Savannah, our newest niece. She is such a cutie. We had fun playing with her hair, picking it out to a big puffy cotton ball.
On the way home from our late night shopping, there were snow flurries falling. Char was hilarious trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue. Char is a full-fledged total Southern Californian who, before the trip, asked me if it was going to be "shorts weather" since she only had one pair of pants.

During their visit we played only ONE game. Crazy!! A group of Gates siblings got together and only ONE game was played. We played Mysteries of the Abbey, which I think I've only played once before years ago. It's a little like Clue. I don't win games usually, especially ones like that, against Chuck. He had this whole complex system of figuring out the missing monk. I totally guessed after 2 wrong accusations from Char and Chuck. I WON and I was so excited. It was great!
Thanks for coming girls. We had such a wonderful time. I hope that Lani and Amy will get to visit soon with their kids too. We love you all.


  1. Wow, you are lucky! It seems like you have great company come visit often. I love Mystery of the Abby. We have that game but haven't played it in a while. We should find a way with kids to get together and have a game night. Have you ever played any of the other Days of Wonder games? We've got some other of their good ones.

  2. YEA!! We had so much fun together! What a great post. I am loving the Picasa Collages. They are a great way to show lots of photos w/o overwhelming readers.

  3. WAY JEALOUS! I hope we can come soon too! Glad you had fun.

  4. Looks like you guys had a BLAST! Now you've seen Savannah, and I haven't!! I'm jealous of all of it! :)

  5. I had so much fun! Thanks for having me and my little girl and for getting us out there!