In preparation for and during Violet's birthday weekend, we had a number of wonderful family members come to see us in Knoxville. We are blessed with some really amazing people on both sides of our family! It is so much fun to see how excited Jeremy and Violet get when we say things like "Aunt Dani" or "Philip" - we usually keep it a secret that people are coming because Jeremy in particular cannot seem to contain his excitment for days on end.
Here are a few fun photos of recent visits:
|Naturally, when my family arrived, we had to immediately run out and see the new Star Trek movie in 3-D. We are just nerds that way. Dan and I are shockingly beautiful.|
|Dani was so helpful prepping for the party!|
|Pete playing baseball in our backyard during the party.|
|Philip "won" the croquet game at least 5 times.|
|My mom is just the best. They love her. I love her. The whole world loves her.|
|I have three photos of my dad with Viley because they are all perfect.|
|Brian and Graham (who shares his birthday with Miss Violet) grilled all the food for the party guests.|
|This is actually old and in Nashville, but how cute are all (minus 1.5) of the Hopper cousins all lined up eating lunch? The table won't hold them all anymore with two more little boys fighting for space up there soon.|
Finally, several months ago, Joey and Megan also came to visit with us (and brought one of their dogs - which the kids LOVED). They are huge favorites in our house, and I really don't know why I have not posted this awesomely horrible photo before, but here are my monsters crawling all over their poor aunt and uncle - as well as a few shots of them on a walk (with the dog), and the kid table they always get to eat at when we have guests.
Family is fun, and we love them! Luckily, we are closing in on July 4th when each year we get to take a nice chunk of time to spend with those we love!