Friday we had a little family reunion with my husband's family which was way overdue since most everyone hadn't met Eli yet.
Justin's family is way different than mine, but similar in a lot of ways too.
They have a sort of adapted hardness from years of hard work and child rearing. Not like my family they have all lived in the desert the majority of their lives, and so there is a certain character quality they possess from that...
I love the differences and similarities though...and that they welcome me with open arms. I love seeing my son interact with them and the look of joy and interest he had meeting them, acting like they had been there all the time.
|He met his cousin Wyatt for the first time. He was so into everything he was doing. His other cousin was always too busy for a photo to capture them together.|
His Auntie Jen taught Eli how to play catch with a glove. He was very impressive for two! He has a natural talent and can throw like a five year old. Hmm, future ball player?! Probably. Justin's whole family plays...really well.
I sat back just watching my husband's and son's huge smiles.
They needed this.
So did I.
I took a crazy amount of pictures to capture a day that was coordinated by Justin's brother, Jared, to see him off to Texas. He is leaving for work and it is a pretty big deal since he is only 22 and they are very close.
It was a huge wake up call at how fast time goes. People always say that you blink and then it's gone, and I think that is pretty accurate. Last year Justin's dad was so different. He was just really starting to lose his memory, but this year...he didn't really know who any of us were. So, when you think you have time...you really don't. That is why these pictures will be so special.