Originally, the group included my parents, my sister and her family (three kids) and me and my family. Over the years, the composition has stayed pretty constant, and we stayed at a small cabin within walking distance (if you don't mind a long steep road) to the lake. We were only at that first, lakeside cabin, for one year. Eventually, my younger brother and his daughter started joining us.
|Taylor (my brother's daughter), Nick (my sister's oldest), Camille, Justin (my sister's middle child), and Kyle.|
|The candid version: Taylor is smiling sweetly; Nick is checking out Camille's belly button ring; Justin is standing like a stud; and Kyle has been told to get rid of his stick for the picture (probably by Camille).|
The kids are now adults, with the exception of my youngest niece who is 14. The rest of the"kids" range from Camille (23) to Nick (29). My sister had kids first, closely followed by me, and much later by my brother. Kyle's girlfriend, Ana, has joined us the last two years.
|Kyle and Ana|
It was a good trip. And it is very good to be back home. Brett took care of the ranch and even installed some more sprinklers in my garden while I was gone. I love my family but I can only take so much happy, crowded chaos. I am an introvert, after all. So it was good to walk through my garden and admire the sprinklers, to stand quietly with Tex, and to drink in the quiet of the night.