Ryan's parents have lived several places in the course of our marriage - Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Grapevine, and San Antonio.
We really enjoyed having them in San Antonio because visits were so much easier. We could make a quick day trip there or meet in San Marcos just to eat supper.
But last November, we got even luckier. Ryan's dad was offered a job right here in Austin. He accepted and they became official Austinites in March. It's now a quick 12 minutes from our driveway to theirs.
We couldn't be happier. It's so nice to have family close by.
Now if I could just get my parents, my brother and his family, and Ryan's sister and her family here, things would be just perfect all around.
Monday night, we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house for supper.
Grandma had been looking for just the right pool for The Bird and wanted her to come try it out.
Pool water is always very tasty.
Check out those puckered up lips working hard to hold that water!
I think Lily approves of Grandma's pool selection.
After a few minutes, Reagan joined in on the fun.
This next one below is my absolute favorite of the evening's pictures. Lily is having a blast and it looks like Reagan just might be enjoying herself, too.
Reagan didn't even mind posing in her soaking wet clothes.
And here is a very artistic shot of our elusive family photographer. She never shows up in pictures because she's always behind the camera. But we caught her!
When I was a little girl, all I wanted was to get married and be a teacher until I had kids. Then I wanted to quit my job so I could stay home and be a mom.
Looking at pictures like this reminds me of how very blessed I am.
I'm getting to do exactly what I always wanted to do.
This weekend, take some time to look around and consider how very blessed you are.
See you Monday!