Monday, November 10, 2008

Winding Down with Family

Today, we enjoyed a lazy day relaxing with family in Tennessee. We were ready for some "down time" and it was very nice to just visit in one place for a while.

We brought some Vermont syrup back for Brandon, our nephew, who hopefully will enjoy true maple syrup on his pancakes. We especially appreciate Brandon's technical talents. Yesterday, I spent the day taking pictures without a memory card in the camera, much to my frustration. Brandon explained that it was easy to resolve and was able to take my camera, reset the backup mode to download the pictures from the memory of the camera back to the card. He takes care of his poor untechnical Aunt Janet! He does it so easily and I was very grateful!!

We also brought gifts for Alexis and Amanda, our nieces, from Hershey's Chocolate factory. When we gave Amanda, age 8, her bowl with Hershey's chocolate, we remembered that she doesn't really like chocolate. She confirmed our suspicions, so we explained that the bowl was an ice cream bowl and that she could simply share the chocolate with her friends. A little while later, we questioned her about her favorite candy, which she told us was Starbursts. We explained that we could just give Uncle Charley (aka Uncle Bizert) the chocolate and go together to the store and buy her a big bag of Starbursts to fill the bowl. She turned us down quickly and said that she wanted to keep the chocolate. When we reminded her that she didn't like chocolate, she replied, "Oh, I don't like chocolate, but Alexis DOES......and there are a lot of things that Alexis has that I want!!" Her little 8 year old brain had already figured out that the chocolate would be a great bribe for her sister!! We thought that was pretty funny!! :) We also got an education with girls, when we tried to take Amanda to gymnastics with the wrong shirt. Boys don't care much about their clothes, so it was fun for us to see the "other" side!!

We also enjoyed time with Randall and Sheila, Mother and Daddy. Mother and I made it to First Fruits, the most amazing store on Collierville Square, where I was able to make a fun purchase. We were also able to see the Christmas decorations already up at the Square. It's seems a bit early to us, but we enjoyed it anyway!!

Most of all, we enjoyed time visiting and sharing with family - taking the time just to sit and talk. How blessed we both are to have wonderful parents, who have given us the gift of close family ties, a happy home and a value on the important things in life. We praise God for this most special gift and we appreciate them all so much!

We ended the day by meeting Charles' mom for dinner and spending the night there. We are so very blessed with TWO great families!!

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~Dan Wilcox

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

The family is one of nature's masterpieces. ~George Santayana, The Life of Reason

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu

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