Our vacation this year consisted of driving down to Atlanta to not only see Grandpa and Grandma Kim, but also to see all 3 of my brothers and their families as well! Living 12 hours away from each other is just too much! But we made the most of the time we had together.
Jaina and Joshua (my oldest brother Jeremy's son) were inseperable the entire time we were there! Last time we saw them, 9 months of age difference was huge. This time the age difference hardly mattered at all. They danced together, played "tent" under the dining room table, watched movies together, played trains together, and swam in the pool every morning. As long as they were together, they were happy! We got to stay in a hotel this time, with rooms right next to each other.
Jaina not only had fun playing with her cousin, but she also spent time with her favorite uncle! Since we all have names that start with "J" and all her uncles live in other states, Jaina gets confused a lot. For a week before our trip, she kept telling everyone how much she missed her uncle Jason. She wanted to see Uncle Jason right now, wanted to call him on the phone, and planned on sleeping in his bed on our vacation! Finally, I asked her if she even knew who uncle Jason was... "Sure," she says, "The uncle that drives the new red car and we see him when we go to Grandpa's house". Um... that happens to be Uncle Jeff! Sure enough, when she got all 3 of her uncles in the same room, she declared Uncle Jeff to be her favorite. No hard feelings for the other uncles, though. They know a 4 year old girl can change her mind at any time!
Ofcourse, the mommies had the most fun just hanging out and chasing kids! Aunt Melissa was so sweet to look after all 4 of the little ones so I could get a break once in a while. Spending those few days together makes me sad that we can't hang out like that *all* the time, but it just made me determined to save money to purchase plane tickets to Florida in the Spring! It was so much fun meeting our newest member of the family... Baby Justin! What a sweet and happy baby! I even got to hold him without Jayce getting *too* upset. However, Jayce's curious fingers often poked Justin in the face. For a while there, Justin wasn't so sure of his 14 month old cousin!
And then there was Jayce....that little stinkerpot. What did he NOT get into? We had only been there a few hours before he climbs out of his high chair onto the table, straight for a bowl of salsa. Then, later, he walks into the hallway with one of my stepmom's handmade blue pottery bowls. Before I could grab it, he throws it on the hardwood floor and smashes it into little pieces. As I vacuumed it up, he then falls backwards down the hardwood stairs. Amazingly, there are no scratches. Until 30 minutes later when I go to use the rest room and he decides to headbutt the hard wooden bathroom door! Later, he falls off the hotel bed and hits the other side of his head on the wall. Oh well, atleast he has matching bruises now! On the night of 4th of July, we had a huge turnout at my dad's house. I had just finished asking some of the guests to please keep all bathroom doors shut when I realize I don't know where Jayce is. Yep, sure enough, sitting on the bathroom floor with his favorite blanket in the toilet. YUCK! Then Joshua runs through and slips in the mess. It was not a good night! We didn't get to shoot all the fireworks because of an unexpected rain storm.
All in all, we had a great time! I wish our family could get together more often!