Thursday, May 28, 2009

All in the Family

My little brother Stephen surprised us last weekend with a delightful impromptu visit. We picked him up from the airport at 8 on Saturday night, and had him back by 10 the next morning. In those 14 hours, we went to a birthday party, met some neighbors, saw Joy working at The Chocolate Bar, watched frogs swim in the garden pond, stayed up late visiting, got up early to see Reese's bees wake up, met some more neighbors, took silly photos, and still made it to the airport on time. It was totally worth every moment.

The Amazing Reese's and my daughter Hilary is temporarily an employee of the national government. She and her favorite manfriend, James, applied for and got jobs working at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park for the summer. James has decided to blog about their adventures (or misadventures) at Yogi's Place.

Hilary from Texas says,
"I mostly know people as their first name followed by 'from [insert home-state here].' This is because our name tags have our first names on top, and our state (or country) of origin on the bottom.

On our hike down to the canyon, which is super beautiful, I saw an Osprey nest with a mama bird in it. It was really hard to see, but there was a man there with a camera that had, like, super zoom lens or something and he let me look through it. The Canyon is unreal! Not literally, but it totally looks like it is a painted cover of a fantasy novel, or where the elves live."

Also, brother in law Bill has decided to chronicle his battle with recently diagnosed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Read all about it on Bill's Blog. Bill is Reese's little sister Catherine's husband.


Hilary said...

I wish that schedules had been different, and that I could have seen my Uncle. I'm really glad that y'all had such a good time, though.

Sarah Hazel said...

Your dad and I were just talking about how it's been exactly one week since we dropped you off for your big adventure. We miss you, sweetie.

Betsy said...

Wow, I got a little pang in my heart when I saw Stephen. I haven't seen him in such a long time. Sure do miss him.