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Family time for our large group is not a special time that is set aside for anything in particular. Having a large family means every moment is basically family time. College kids coming and going, people dropping in for a quick bite to eat or taking me out to get groceries. I value this time and it makes me so happy to have these drop in visits.

It has been brought to my attention by wonderful  people who have entered our family, that there might be 5 or 6 conversations taking place all at once, and while everyone in the family unit follows what is going on, others can be a little lost. It takes time and eventually they come to understand our unique way of communicating!

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Little brother hugging his big sister

The younger kids had no school Thursday or Friday and so that time was spent going to various appointments and making our way to Spokane for my skin check. We stopped over to pick up a special custom birthday cake that Yusuf ordered for Grama who celebrated her 83rd birthday on the weekend. thumbnail_IMG_3512

We took the cake and drove a few miles to Osama and Jacki’s house and spent time with the precious boys. Jacki is doing well but very tired and ready!

Mom and Dad arrived, we surprised mom with the cake, they visited for a bit and then took the cake for a celebration the next day at the lake. We said our goodbyes and headed back to our little town. Both boys waved and sweetly spoke the words Byyyyyeeeee

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The next morning I took Heme to get on the bus for a cross country meet, we followed awhile later. The little town we went to is nearby and sits in a valley. The landscape was amazing.

Heme had a good run and did his best which for me is always what I hope for. We jumped in the car and drove two hours to the lake. Mom and Dad do not really need anything and so we hate to burden them with more stuff that they will not use. So in the past few years we bring lotion, chocolate, nuts, basically items that they really like and use. We helped put away the kayak, tied up the dock and made sure everything was up from the lawn. Mom made hot dogs, salad and we sat and ate.

The cake from Mom’s favorite place was taken out and served.

We kissed and hugged, got in the car and drove through the Palouse back to our sleepy college town where the gentle touch of Fall can be seen everywhere.

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  1. Great pictures, as always Lynn. Mom looks to be a really young 83!

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    October 9, 2017
  2. Oh, so lovely Lynn 🙂 Happy Birthday to your mom. What a gorgeous cake. So glad everyone had a wonderful time. xxx

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    October 9, 2017
  3. So nice to see multiple generations of family enjoying eachother’s company. Please extend birthday wishes to your mother from me.

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    October 9, 2017
  4. Your mum looks amazing and a gorgeous cake ..Those cute boys have grown so much they don’t stay babies long do they?

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    October 9, 2017
  5. Happy Birthday to your Mom, Lynn 🙂
    It is so great to see, how much joy all of you have together.

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    October 9, 2017
  6. Many more birthdays to your mother Glad you all were together and busy. Those boys ae adorable and growing. Excited for Jacki and the new babe!!! Whoot-Hoot xoxoxxo b-2

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    October 9, 2017
  7. In the midst of all the boisterous, noisy chaos that is a big family it is wonderful that there was time to celebrate well your mumma’s birthday. She looks incredible – at least 10 years younger than the figure on the cake and I think my favourite picture is the one of she and your father comfortably close together xxxx

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    October 9, 2017
  8. Thanks for sharing family time! Love the cake and best birthday wishes for the young at heart 83 year old!🎂👍💕💕🤗🤗Garfield hugs and love

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    October 9, 2017
  9. Your mom is a beauty at 83 ! Happy birthday to her. And the twins…adorable and growing.

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    October 9, 2017
  10. A happy birthday wishes to your mom. Those twins sure grow up fast and I bet the birthday cake was as delicious as it looked. A nice day for you to have.

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    October 9, 2017
  11. Aren’t they the cutest babies ever!! Love 😙

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    October 9, 2017
  12. happy birthday to your Mom… She is beautiful!

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    October 9, 2017
  13. what a WONDERFUL, FULL life you have Lynn!!! Your mother is beautiful! Happy Birthday to her!

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    October 9, 2017
  14. Happy Birthday Grama! What beautiful pictures and such loving memories you are making! xoxo

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    October 9, 2017
  15. A very Happy Birthday to your Mom, Lynn.
    Leslie ❤

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    October 9, 2017
  16. Glad you could enjoy such a wonderful time with family and celebrate your mom’s birthday, Lynn. Lovely photos!

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    October 9, 2017
  17. Lovely post, lovely photos 💜

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    October 9, 2017
  18. Happy birthday to your mom!!!

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    October 9, 2017
  19. Thanks for sharing Lynn…plenty of smiles to go around! (here, too) (K)

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    October 9, 2017
  20. Happy Birthday to your mom! I am sure the best gift she and your dad had was your company and celebrating in person with them. So good that you can spend time with your family. Those young twins’ personalities are showing. 🙂

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    October 9, 2017
  21. What a wonderful few days for all of you – and that cake looks yummy.

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    October 9, 2017
  22. Happy birthday to your mum, Lyn. How grateful she must feel for such a wonderful family.

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    October 9, 2017
  23. Literally a love-ly post

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    October 10, 2017
  24. Wow, your mom looks amazing! It’s so nice you can spend time with your family.

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    October 10, 2017
  25. How wonderful! You have such a beautiful and wonderful family Lynn! Thanks for sharing your time with them with us! xoxoxox

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    October 10, 2017
  26. The cake looks wonderful and yummy! It sounded like a lovely, and wonderful day.

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    October 10, 2017
  27. You do have a rich family life, Lynn. I’m happy for you.

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    October 10, 2017
  28. Anonymous #

    Really enjoyed this post of your family activities. Your mom looks wonderful and she is still a great hostess, like your grandmother was. I share your photos with Don to make him long for the northwest scenery. Ellen

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    October 10, 2017
  29. Sounds like a wonderful family time.

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    October 12, 2017
  30. I can feel the love your family feels for each other, you are the center of that my friend, you are the best mom I have ever come across…..what a beautiful birthday girl!! XXkat

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    October 13, 2017
  31. Pan #

    As usual your pictures equal your writing.. You have a natural talent for snapping the right pictures to convey the mood and story.. 💛

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    October 13, 2017
  32. Thanks to your review I found this one. I am so glad I did not miss it. Wow, your mom looks amazing!! I cannot believe it was her 83rd birthday! What a great family. I am so happy you all had such a fantastic time. Your big family is fantastic!!

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    October 15, 2017
  33. Looks like the weather is gorgeous, Lyn–perfect celebration (and running!) days… Friends and I were just bemoaning the fact that we are no longer a ‘drop-in’ culture…people call or plan far ahead if they are visiting. There’s a loss there, i think, and I love that you live in a home where drop-in visits are a regular thing!

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    October 17, 2017
  34. Very useful. The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you (John E. Southard) – thanks for the share!

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    October 23, 2017
  35. Beautiful family!

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    November 2, 2017
  36. Lovely photos!

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    November 26, 2017

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