Our family is pretty spread out. We have representatives in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. Sometimes the distance takes its toll. It's a strange dynamic when the people you care about most don't really know you the best, and visa versa. Not that it's anyone's fault. It's just that we don't do everyday life together, so it takes serious effort to get into the nitty gritty.
When the opportunity came up to travel to Oklahoma City just to meet for dinner, family came out of the woodwork. Everyone from the Dude's immediate side traveled about 3 hours in an effort to connect at least once this summer. It took effort on everyone's part, but it was completely worth it. Just to see these sweet faces in person was so refreshing.
I passed Tiger around the table to get his picture with everyone, and of course all the grands needed pictures with their hoards of grandkids.
This is their cousin G. She is falls right in the middle of Monkey and Bear.
Her birthday is coming up this month, so we celebrated at the restaurant. I had about four years of living in the same town as my cousins when I was a kid, and I still treasure those times. I hope my kids will get to experience that one day.
Lovin' on their auntie and uncle.
We lingered as long as the kids would allow and then passed out the hugs and went home. I'm so blessed to be part of a family who puts effort into seeing each other, no matter what that looks like.