My sister and her family came down a couple weeks ago for Theo's birthday (and to pick up a load of Amazon boxes that she had shipped to our house since free shipping doesn't apply to Canada). I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and believe that she really did want to visit us, and not just tear through the boxes and boxes that had accumulated. That girl can shop :) . We love having them with us. Dano and Ben can talk until the wee hours when we give them threats about coming to bed. Quinny yells excitedly and throws herself into the fray of cousins. Kelly and I always manage to sneak in a little shopping and a pedicure. This time we brought along Ruby to celebrate Oma's birthday as my parents were here too, of course.

We decided to get a few family shots for them since it had been a while.

The first set was their Halloween costumes. The Queen Bee (surprise!). The Beekeeper. The Drone. Oh man, what a great idea. Somehow Dano didn't have his protective gloves so he grabbed my Anthro oven mitts.

The beekeeper gets stung by the cutest little bee.

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Then when there was a break in the rain, we dashed out and found a street in our neighbourhood with great leaves. I just LOVE the color in these. Quinny is a girl with a plan and is rather independent. Hmmmm. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it? We had to keep her moving and playing and it was so fun.

Dano and Kelly are incredible parents and the way that they enjoy their little miss makes my auntie's heart very happy.

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Then a couple of the grownups.

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Oh, but someone wants in on the attention.

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Messing around!

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Then to throw some leaves.

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My mother has lost her mind.

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This one where the leaves made a perfect window around Quinn's face was pure, dumb luck.

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I love them. Love that we get to have big, noisy, messy family times together. Thanks for coming. Maybe you should come again soon...there's a stack of boxes growing.