Family & the Fourth.

We are so lucky.  Ever since Grace joined the world 5 months ago, we have had tons of family visit us here in Georgia. In just five months we have had my parents here for a week, Rob's parents here for almost a week and his grandparents here for a week.  As soon as one group leaves, it feels like we are counting down the days for the next group to get here.

Since Father's day my husbands grandparents have been in Augusta.  Several years ago they sold their house in Kansas and bought a trailer.  Now they spend 6 months of the year in Tampa, Florida at McDill Air Force base.  And the other 6 months traveling between Puerto Rico, Maryland (Rob has an aunt there), Kansas City (Rob has an uncle still there), Mississippi and recently, Georgia.  (Seriously living the retired life friends... and living it so well.) So Father's day weekend they moved in at the lake campground on post... and we have had tons of fun ever since.

We celebrated Father's day with a cookout.  We visited the local flea market.  We have had several evenings just hanging out watching TV.  We have gone shopping.  We have hung out on base at the lake with them.  This last weekend we embarked on a 3 mile (at least) hike through the local swamp.  And we have ate tons of great food.

Today we welcome more family in the form of Rob's aunt from Maryland and her husband and two daughters.  The girls are staying on base with the grandparents, and we are hosting the parental units in our guest bedroom.  Tomorrow we pick up Rob's uncle from the airport in Atlanta.  He gets to take over Grace's room.

For one extended weekend we will be one rambunctious group.  And I am so excited friends (if not a wee bit overwhelmed)!

There will be tons of great food, rummikub, drinks, fireworks, fourth of July celebrations on post, amazing desserts and have I mentioned great food?!

Above all though... we get to make these memories with our family and our sweet girl.  It will be the first time for Grace meeting her great aunt.  She met her great uncle in May when we visited Kansas City.  Her cousins are beyond excited to meet her and my girl will love all of the attention.

As a military family I know that we can not take these moments for granted.  I am so so thankful that we get to spend this holiday with family.

Plus, it's on my summer bucket list to truly enjoy and treasure this weekend.

So with that... Happy fourth friends!

Oh and.. yesterday a post I wrote went live over at Spouses Sponsoring Spouses.  Check out the feature here... it's all about my thoughts on Fort Gordon and the surrounding area.

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  1. I love that you get so much family time! I'm jealous!

  2. I love that you are enjoying so much time with family! :)

  3. How awesome to be somewhere where family can visit so often! We are in the same boat here in Charleston and we love it! Enjoy every minute of this precious time and have a happy and safe 4th!!

  4. That's so great that you get to see so many family members.

    Have a great 4th of July!

  5. Family visits are the best and I must say that's the kind of retired life I wouldn't mind having.

  6. It's wonderful that you're getting so much time with your family. And you look great!

  7. Yea for family visiting! That's awesome! I love when people come to visit. :) Have a great 4th!

  8. I'm jealous of all your visitors! Obvs it's rare to get anyone here, but it was almost as rare at Ft Campbell too, and that was relatively close to everyone! Have a happy 4th!

  9. How adorable is she in her sunglasses and hat! I love it!

  10. I want a camper! All of that travelling sounds amazing! Hope y'all had a great 4th!

  11. Looking forward to your 4th post. I love your patriotic family!!