Monday, September 26, 2011

Wedding Celebration

After we returned from our big trip to DC and Ohio, we had a few days before we traveled again. This time to Wisconsin for another big celebration.

On 9/10/11, we celebrated the marriage of my cousin Erik to his bride Meaghan. It was a beautiful wedding - outside on a farm with lots of friends and family.

these two pictures courtesy of Molly Sabourin

I'm partial to this musical act.
My aunts & uncles sang the same song at my wedding 16 years ago.
It was just as beautiful this time around.

My parents


loving cousins

Charis, Erik's niece, would not cooperate for me.
Molly, however, was able to take this precious shot of the littlest flower girl:

The bride and groom especially thought of the children - most of them their first-cousins once removed, but including a niece and nephew. Hay rides, badminton, pinata, croquet were just some of the activities included in the afternoon - all accompanied by various bands or musicians, friends of Erik's.
It was a beautiful night - the perfect ending to a perfect wedding celebration. Welcome to the Nyberg-Neave family Meaghan! We're so glad you're a part of us.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Family Reunions

The end of August and the beginning of September were big weeks for us. We had so many big events crammed in so few days it's taking me quite awhile to catch up.

At the end of our trip to DC, we stopped in Ohio for our annual family reunions with the Leichtys and the Cottermans.

Here are some highlights:

Leichty 2nd cousins

Sweet Grandma Marce

2nd cousins Lydia & Lena

That goofy Paul!

Equally goofy little brother Brady!

Nathaniel & Anna enjoyed the pool table
(until we were informed it was only for 14yo & up)

Highlight of the weekend: West Liberty's Labor Day Parade.
If you love antique tractors, come out next year.
There were about 240 tractors in the parade.
Every year, Uncle Jake pulls all the cousins in the parade.

Glen's cousin Jon and his boy Conner.
That tyke can name every tractor in the parade.

Grandpa got to drive the Farmall!

This year, Nathaniel decided to sit out the parade.
He collected candy instead.
"It's hard work Mom!"
He was sweating. It was HOT.

You know you're getting tall when...
you're almost as tall as Grandma Marce.
You know you ARE tall when....
you are taller than Grandma Marce!

Glen and Grandpa Jake.
What is Grandpa Jake laughing at?

These crazy kids sitting on each other!

The next day we drove an hour south of the Leichtys to spend the afternoon with the Cottermans. While Saturday was HOT, Sunday was rainy and chilly. Not a great day for a picnic, but we stuck it out anyway.

Rain, rain go away.
But while you're here,
I'll sit and play


Our family

The Pennies

The Roses & Wicklines

The Jarretts

Grandpa & Grandma

Two of my boys!

Glen's sister's family - the Dingers

Great-Grandpa & Great-Grandma Cotterman
with all their great-grandkids

As I was looking through my pictures I realized that I have no pictures of Aunt Judi. I'm sorry we missed you Aunt Judi!

(Look at that - you get a special mention, by name, because you're not in the pictures.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Highlights of our Trip

Insanely busy and rather overwhelmed right now.
But, the girls are sleeping in today, so I have a few minutes to share some pictures of our recent trip to our nation's capitol. We had a wonderful time, hosted by my Aunt Bev.

On Aunt Bev's rooftop.
(Do you see the Washington Monument in the background?)

Kids said swimming in the pool was one big highlight - even though the water was freezing because of Hurricane Irene.

Isaac celebrated his 8th birthday while we were there.
My highlight? No more car seats!

Aunt Bev generously took us canoeing & kayaking on the Potomac.
We had so much fun!

And what's a trip to DC without pictures of the memorials?

We were all hugely disappointed by the construction on the Reflecting Pool.
Judging by the comments heard when we walked up the Lincoln Memorial, so was everyone else.

Washington, DC from the Robert E. Lee House in Arlington Cemetery.