Hooowhee -- it has been a long time since I've had a chance to write in the ole' blog. We have been having fun with family! First my parents came to visit and we had a great time divided pretty evenly between chilling and activity. We went on walks, visited the Lincoln museum in Springfield (just as good the second time around!), swam, talked, languished in the heat... Overall it was a wonderful visit and I wish so much that I could see them more often than once a year!
The afternoon they left was followed by the arrival of 12 members of Matthew's family. We had a very full house on one of the hottest days of the year and I was terribly worried about whether anyone could possibly get comfortable in our un-air conditoned house. I think it was okay (crossed fingers). The next morning we went to a steamy (humid, not sensual) rendition of As You Like It at the Illinois Shakespeare festival and marveled at the cast romping around in full costume and make-up without seeming to break a sweat. Then lunch and the long trek to Nauvoo for three days. It was also hot and busy there, but went by too quickly. I was a little tense hoping everything would run smoothly, but kept telling myself to relax and just enjoy being together. It was so fun seeing the cousins playing so easily together and I wish so much that we could see them more often than once every who knows how often! We need to work on that.
So now we are back to just us getting the house back in order and enjoying the cooler weather that none of our guests had the pleasure of experiencing -- it's almost like God doesn't want more people moving to Illinois.