Friday, January 7, 2011

Time to be a sister

One of the great things about our Christmas trip was that I got to be a sister. Of course, I'm always a sister, but I don't get to spend time with my siblings very often. Sean, my older brother, lives halfway across the country from me, and Becki, my twin sister, also lives halfway across the country...in the other direction.

So It was a treat to get a lot of quality time with both of them when we all traveled to New Mexico for Christmas!

First I saw Sean in Albuquerque, where we were spending time with my dad's mom. A highlight of that time was when the two of us went to a karaoke bar.

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We sang some "normal" songs but we each also sang a Christmas song as part of their "Carol-oke" contest. Neither of us won the $50 prize. We said it was because one of the bar's "regulars" got the votes of all her friends. That's our story, and we're sticking to it! Even though we didn't make money on the deal, we had a great time together.

We then went to Clovis, NM, where my mom's parents live. Becki and her family joined us there. Unfortunately Sean only got a little time with them before he had to head home, but The Engineer and I were able to extend our trip by a couple of days,. Becki and I got lots of time to play pinochle with other family members. It's a game we don't usually get to play except at family events, and we love it. Here are Becki and me:

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Another great part of seeing Becki is getting to spend time with her family. Donal, her husband, played a lot of pinochle with us. He and The Engineer also drove to Roswell for a memorable visit to their museum (all about UFOs and aliens...oooooh. Let's just say they were glad the entrance fee was only $5.) Here are Becki & Donal:

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And my kiddos love spending time with their cousin! (Thanks, Uncle Becki [yes, that's what my kids call her], for the personalized PJs!)

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Having our whole family together--even for a short time--is such a treat. I'm glad that this Christmas I had time to be a sister!

6 comments:

Amanda said...

I often wish I had siblings for that close unique bond, but I've made plenty of close friends who fit the space :)

Call Me Cate said...

I love the matching jammies for the kids - how cute! I remember the first picture I saw of Chickie and Molly and they looked like mini-twins. As they're growing older, they look a lot different!

Weird with Becki too - in pictures without you, I think she looks a lot like you. But the pic of the two of you together, I'd think sisters, not twins.

I'm glad you got to be a sister. Visiting my family happens so infrequently and for such short periods that it's more like visiting a kinda distant friend than being a sister. I'm glad you had such a great time at Christmas.

Kristen said...

I'm glad you were able to spend some time with your family. I know that probably did your heart good!

I had family growing up that were "Aunt Tom" and "Uncle Barb". I'm glad I'm not the only one lol...b/c my hubby's family just thinks that's odd. ;-P

Melinda said...

I'm glad you had such a good trip. It is always so nice to see family when you are so far from them usually.

Ian got those same PJs from his grandma! Too cute.

Sandra said...

What a great Christmas! None of my family live in the same town either, so I understand how precious time is that is spent together. I LOVE the pj's. Good work Uncle Becki. :)

Vixbil said...

I got to spend time with my sister over the holidays to and it was wonderful. Your pix are great and I especially LOVE the cute pjs
xx