Sunday, July 08, 2018

Walkers Go North :: New Hampshire and the Mouris Family Reunion

I've got to switch gears for a sec and write about our most recent vacation trip up north instead of continuing my "catching up" posts. I cannot believe this, but I actually left my DSLR camera at home by accident so I only have cell phone pictures to post. So, here I go!

Why on earth did we do this? Well... here's scoop on Brian's family tree.

Brian's mom is Cathy Mouris Walker. She's one of 5 Mouris children from Francis and Catherine (Kay) Mouris. There's also Frank, Philip, Michael, and Susan. These are Brian's aunts and uncles that he grew up with.

Frank is married to Caroline and they have dogs, not kids. Wired hair fox terriers, to be exact.

Philip was married and divorced by the time Brian came along, but he remembers his cousins Stephen, Jeanette, and Cheryl very fondly.

Michael is married to Linda and they have cousin Michael Jr and Victoria.

And Susan married Ron (Brian was in their wedding!) and had Matthew, Patti Marc, Isaac, and Catherine. (Catherine is a very popular name in the Mouris family! Our own daughter is Jaina Catherine, too!)

Susan hasn't seen her brothers in a while, so she decided to host a Mouris Family Reunion at her home in New Hampshire and we drove 14 hours to attend.

It was great! We pretty much saw everyone at some point on our trip (except Michael Jr, Marc, Patti, and Catherine), but we certainly missed seeing Brian's mom Cathy and his Stepdad Robert. They are in poor  health and live out in Indiana.

Here are some pictures from New Hampshire!

Aunt Susan and Uncle Ron were the perfect hosts!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Catching Up : Random April Pictures

April was a pretty busy month! Some of our activities deserve their own posts, but these can just be lumped together.

Jayce was chosen as a "Leader of the Pack" which is like a Terrific Kid award, but just for Middle School. We went to a BSMS Student Spotlight where he was honored.

We enjoyed cool temps that weren't too cold and played chalk outside in the sunshine.

Jocelyn went through a painting phase. I honestly can't remember what she was painting in this picture. Something for LPS and her You Tube videos. She has her own channel and everything!

My husband's company that he works for had free tickets to a Greenville Drive game. It was HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) night so the Drive didn't play, but Morehouse did! Since I'm from Atlanta, of course I was pulling for Morehouse!

We had to wait forever for the trolly, so we ended up walking to Fluor Field instead.

Jocelyn had a BLAST and loved the energy from the baseball game! She danced and sang and pretty much ran amok.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Catching Up : Easter 2018

We had a very low-key Easter this year. I didn't even get the Easter decor boxes out of the attic. Jocelyn is really at the age where she doesn't care about all the old stuffed bunnies and toys that I've kept over the years. And I know this is silly... but my Easter decor does not go with my living room, which is typically Fall colors like terra cotta, red, gold, and brown. Pastels kind of clash.

We did manage to dye eggs as a family, though.

(Yes, that's a Perry Egg that Brian made)

The Easter bunny came, but not a single person got their own stuffed bunny. Jocelyn wanted a Flareon (Pokemon Evie-lution)

Then we went over to Robert and Nancy's house to see Thad, Danielle, and Logan.

The big kids spent their Easter with Grandma. They went out to eat and just spent time together. We took pictures when we picked them up.

I love my mommy and am so glad we got pictures with her that day!