Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. My brother and his family came down from Minnesota, my parents were here from Mexico, and of course my sister and brother who are local were here as well. Opa and Oma are still here for a couple of more days. By the way they did a great job watching the kids while we were gone. My mom is the most efficient and capable person I know, and my dad was really helpful too. Thanks again Mom and Dad for being wonderful grandparents to my kids!

This is my new niece,  Carly. She was pretty much the star of the show this weekend. Can you blame anyone?

This was fun. My 96 year old Grandma joined us from her nursing home for the celebration. She ended up having a sleepover with us. All the kids greeted her with waving balloons at the end of the driveway. Grandma said she felt like she was being welcomed into heaven. :)

My brother in law Juan is a proud new daddy

Happy 96th Birthday, Nanny.

My brother Joel with my dad and grandma

Joseph loves Carly..

Ava was mesmerized....

My dining room table seated 27 people thanks to my Christmas benches!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


little dalene said...

What a good looking family I have! ;)

Alice said...

What fun! Zoya looks so big. How much has she grown?

Stephanie said...

Awwwww!!! Carly is the cutesy little peanut ever!!!! Congrats on a new niece!

Amanda said...

I love seeing pictures of your family. Especially since your Joseph is the reason my Varsha is coming home.

NDMom said...

Wonderful pictures of a wonderful family! Love the one of Joseph with Carly. BTW, I showed Joseph's picture to Bella the other day and said "Yosef" and she got the biggest smile, it was so cute!!!!

Lisa Rovenstine said...

We had a blast at your house, Charissa. Thanks for hosting us all. So many fun new memories!

Caroline said...

Hi, are your parents Dutch? Because you call them opa and oma? I'm a Dutch mom to two precious children born in China and following your blog for a while now, you sure have a beautiful family!

Best regards,
Caroline (the Netherlands)

Anonymous said...

I can't get enough of those pics!
I love them all. Thank you for sharing this. You guys are so blessed to have such a loving family as this. I still haven't met Joel or Jason and his family.
Hopefully one day!!
Aunt Sharon

Charissa said...

Caroline- Yes, my grandmother (the 96 year old birthday girl) is Dutch. We used Opa and Oma to differentiate between the other set of grandparents. :)

Charissa said...

Alice, Zoya has gained about 7 pounds total in a year. We are finally getting somewhere!
Amanda-I'd love to hear more about Varsha and your family. :)

jennifer... said...

I sure have enjoyed updating myself here! It had been a long time - too long. All your pictures have made me smile! You're parents look good. Your Mom looks so beautiful! I can see you aging like her.:)