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A week with Brendan

We had a really fun week with Brendan, my nephew, who flew home tonight to Las Vegas. By the way, we had to have a new hand rail added next to our pool to pass the city inspection, and here it is. I actually like it and didn't think I would. Christopher and Brendan swam a lot.
We took him out for barbecue and he loved it. How can you not?
Christopher is a rib guy.
Brendan is one year younger than Christopher, but he played well with Lindsey too. They made a lot of Shrinky Dinks this week.
Uncle Kelly rocked by filling up Brendan's iPhone with music and videos. Plus we all enjoyed playing Rock Band with him.
The two boys loved staying up late every night and slept in the game room.
We went to the park in River Place one afternoon and they had fun taking pictures of each other being airborne from the swings.
Brendan's one goal for the week was to go to Sea World and ride the roller coasters a ton. We finally checked that off his list yesterday. It has been a rainy week!
It still rained yesterday at Sea World, but after a while the crowd cleared out, which made it better for the kids to ride tons of rides since there were no lines.
We baked some Cinnaman Streusel Muffins today after church. Brendan thought I scooped the batter really well. I told him I was a professional. Years of practice. (Okay, so that professional thing was a stretch.)
Here we are just before I took him to the airport tonight. And since he's such a cutie pie, and literally a professional (model), he struck a few poses for me. I had him pose by one of the many posters I've seen of him in various Old Navy stores--I asked the Lakeline Mall store for this one when it was no longer being used.
He thought this was funny because this was taken more than a year ago and he looked younger.
Brendan was such a pleasant guest. He was so much fun to have visit and we enjoyed his company so much.
He starts fourth grade tomorrow!
As an unaccompanied minor, I got to escort him to the gate until he left. Remember the good old days when anyone could do that?
We were stalling for time, so we took a couple pictures. He was so funny, unlike most kids who eventually stop wanting their picture taken. He was always ready for the next click.
Are we done yet? Thanks for letting Brendan come see us for a week, Valerie and Sean! We love you, Brendan!


jennie w. said…
Holy Cow kelly, he looks just like you!

It's always so sad for the kids when their cousins leave.
Kelly said…
Thanks, Jennie! I love when people tell me that about my nieces and nephews. That's the one thing I miss about adoption, even though people often say that our kids look like us. I always wonder in the back of my mind what our own genetic offspring might look like. I'm hoping that my kids' kids, our grandkids, will look a lot like their parents, so that will be exciting some day.
Callisto said…
Those muffins sound DELICIOUS right now. I've been craving sweets for days. If only I had some of your famous Triple Layer Brownies...
Jess said…
looks like you all had a fun time while he was visiting! He is a cutie pie too, beautiful eyes.

I wish I could have been there to hear your talk in sacrament! I'm sure it was great! :)
Lisa said…
He is such a cutie! And I agree with Jennie I think he looks a lot like you. You guys have the same sparkley eyes and great face shape!

I really enjoyed your talk yesterday too. I feel like I jinxed ya by talking about how long it had been for you and Kelly - then WHAMO there you were on the stand!
Cathleen said…
Looks like a great time! He is a cutie. I'll have to keep him in mind for my 4th grader (Gwen)as they grow up :0).
I didn't know Seaworld has roller coasters. We've had some of our best times at amusement parks in the rain (light rain). The kids were able to go on anything over and over again. Once you're wet, it really doesn't matter.
Nice pictures.
how fun to have a friend for a whole week - and one that loves to do fun things! i love sea world. i bet even though it did rain a little, it was a nice break from the heat. both times i have been have been in the high 90 degree weather. i could have used a little rain!! looks like a fantastic week. i think my next vacation might just have to be at your house. you guys sure know how to have a good time and take care of your guests!
Julie V said…
I love the pictures of our cute nephew. He is so sweet, as is his big brother. I love my nieces and nephews! He is one photogenic kid and a professional. You too, by the way are for sure a professional. Wish I could have been there at sea world.
Heidi said…
You have all sorts of famous relatives ;-). He does look a little like you. Sounds like a fun time in Texas!!
Summer Adams said…
what a good-lookin kid. and i looove that turq necklace on you! looks amazing with your matching eyes!!!!

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