All the kids came in the Sunday night after Christmas. They all stayed up playing on the Wii Fit. Kayla and I went on to bed so we could get up Monday morning and go get Ireta to spend a couple of days with us. She told me on the trip over that she was laying in her bed the night before listening to everyone laughing. She said there was a couple of times they all just busted out. Not "ha ha that was funny" but the "kind of laughter that you knew Dad's face was red and the boys were bent over and the girls on the floor, all holding stomachs". Made her smile. Made me smile when she told me. Someone very dear to me bought me a little framed print that says, "I always knew I would look back at the tears and laugh, but I never knew I would hear the laughter and cry". I wiped tears. I am so blessed to have kids that love being together and miss each other when they are apart.
Before they all had to go back home I made them all go outside for new pictures. Stood them in a line to get a traditional pose. Then I divided them into apples, bananas and oranges for a game of Fruit Basket Turnover. I called out two fruits and they had to run to trade places. The pictures of them running to get a place are funny but as I was taking pictures, I noticed Eli watching and smiling at what the big kids were doing. So precious.