Monday, September 21, 2009

The Joy Continues…

Just before the end of Madison's visit, another great joy came our way. My twin sister's daughter, Crystal, whose husband is in the US Air Force and was stationed in Washington state, about as far as you can get from South Carolina, was reassigned to Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina. Crystal and her husband, Cassie and their two children, Choe and Cayla are now only an hour away! I don't know who was happier, Maddie to have her cousins nearby, my twin sister, who now has her only grand babies only 5 hours away or me!

Of course I planned a family gathering as soon as they arrived and then we went to one of Maddie's favorite places in Columbia…Edventure, the children's museum. Lucky for us, the butterfly exhibit was still there so we started our visit by chasing butterflies.

(Click to enlarge). Chloe (l) and Maddie (r) pause to pose.

(Click to enlarge). Chloe, Maddie and Cayla perform in the music room.

(Click to enlarge). Chloe and Maddie climb atop a camel.

(Click to enlarge). Baby Cayla looks on in disbelief.

(Click to enlarge). Maddie and Chloe enjoy a day at the grocery store.

(Click to enlarge). The girls discover a closet of bones.

(Click to enlarge). One last shot in front of Big Eddie!

Although Maddie had to return home to prepare for the school year, now that the Chloe and Kayla are nearby, we've already enjoyed a trip to the bookstore together with mom and dad.

(Click to enlarge). Dad enjoys the train set with Cayla.

(Click to enlarge). Kayla offers me her toy train.

(Click to enlarge). Chloe stops just a second to look up.

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