For those of you who don't know, Samuel is my nephew (soon-to-be son), and the eldest son of my older sister Heather. He has six younger siblings, three of which are with their paternal grandparents, Merie and Dale. Their daughter Tanya was a good friend growing up and has since moved to San Antonio for her husband's job. I know, small world.

Well, Dale and Merie came to visit Tanya and her family over Christmas and they brought Samuel's brother and sisters along with cousins and aunts and uncles. It was so great to have them all in town. There is no way we would be able to fly up to Alaska to visit them right now, so to be able to spend time with them was so great. Samuel has made the transition from Montana to Texas very well, but he loved being around people who are familiar to him.

Here is Samuel on the right and Andrew on the left. They got to stay for a whole month! Andrew came to spend the night first and they had so much fun! They stuffed their jackets with pillows and blankets and just ran into each other for awhile. Talk about self-entertained! :)

Here's a video of them actually doing it in the front yard. Hilarious.

The next time, the girls came too and they helped me make a ton of sugar cookies for the Christmas plates I did. Here is Isabel picking out cookie cutters. She was so much fun to have around! What a wonderful girl, so athletic and fun!

And this is Zoe licking off a mixer. She's so maticulous and precices. She was so good at frosting the cookies. I couldn't have done it without their help!

Here is most of the finished product to go out to friends.

The next time they came over they spent the night and that was alot of fun. We all went to the movies and had a great time. Here is Isabel sharing her Ninetendo DX with Samuel, what a good sister. :)

Andrew is such a strong and fast guy. He climbed the tree in the front yard and decided to jump down on his own instead of getting help from me. Samuel said that Andrew has grown up so much, he's really fast in football and read scriptures so well when he spent the night.

Isabel and her desert!

All of them together! They are all so cute!! Thanks for coming guys!!

Here are all of them together on Samuel's bike...all four of them. So cool.


Lawson's said...

Jocelyn, I bet you gus had a blast. I can't believe how grown up Andrew, Isabel, and Zoe looked. I think the last time I saw them, Zoe was like 3 months old. Jocelyn, you are truly the most wonderful person I have ever meet.

Wild Banks' said...

Wonderful that they got to see each other again. I know they missed Samuel when he moved. So glad that they have you and the Rice's there for them!