Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sparks Family Time

After the military honors for Uncle Wade, we headed back to our hotel in order to change clothes. But we got a few pictures of family dressed up because the kids were looking pretty spiffy. 

The rest of our Friday turned into a Sparks Family Reunion over at Uncle Wade and Aunt Kathleen's house. There was family in from all over the place and some people had not been in a room together for almost 20 years.

The kids loved the backyard with the banana tree near the pool. 

At one point, we all gathered together in the family room to watch one of the five DVD movies that Aunt Kathleen had made of all the Sparks family slides she had found. 

Aunt Kathleen with some of our guys. 

Aunt Kathleen with her son-in-law Brad and Aunt Bobbi's son Sean. 

One of Wayne's cousins, Laurel, lives out in California. She made a big impression on Davis and she taught him how to say her name - "her whole name!" She even wrote it out for him with her phone number when we left! 

Here they are snuggling in the chair! 

And Davis had lots of fun getting to spend time with Uncle Nam: doing the Asian squat, "hanging out" or keeping warm during breakfast. 

Aunt Kathleen gave the boys these patriotic bears and mini-flags to remember Uncle Wade's military service and she let everyone pick a hat from Uncle Wade's extensive hat collection. Those are great ways for the boys to keep alive their memories.

It was a whirlwind trip, but we are very thankful that we were able to take the time and go up to honor Uncle Wade and spend some time making new memories with family.

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