Hyde reunion- Menfolk departure

This year john's dad put together a 3 day horseback pack trip to his ranch. John and the rest of the guys were looking forward to this trip. So on Monday morning the guys got their last few provisions for the venture, loaded the horses and gear and headed out for their Adventure.
 little helper girls
happy lu.grummy gold
more of these adorable shots here
after loading up all the the gear we watched our handsome men pile in and take off to for their adventure
a couple of our handsome men
 mark's trusty pup ready to ride out
handsome jackson

baby henry
 look at all these handsome men
sad little ones saying goodbye to their dads
glum faces all around

she wins the award for the saddest
mama  dried her tears and it was all smiles after that
oh dear my little Haze
all of the Hyde Grandkids


The Wilson's stopby

It was so great to have one of my Bestest Friends here from Dubai. She was here on a Disney Dream Vacation and so I got to spend a few moments with her, including all of the first they arrived in Orlando. We went to the Hacienda and swam and played on the splash pad... and did NOT take enough pictures. Ive been Lucky enough to be able to see Cait and pretty Livi just about every time she is in the USA but it was such a treat to have our men this rendezvous. We wish and hope and dream of making a trip to Dubai to see the folks. Hopefully it'll happen.
 this is as good as it get folks... all kids looking and all eyes open

It was so fun to see them. 
I have gotten some more pictures from Caitlin and here they are!
yay!!! Im so happy to get more pics

Hyde reunion first few days

THis reunion, like all hyde reunions, was amazing. It is always so fun to get with the whole family at Mark and Anne's beautiful homestead. Golds was in heaven with all of her Hyde cousins,  John was in heaven with his brothers and FIFA and I was in heaven with my Hyde sisters. I am the Luckiest girl to have some many beast friends as sisters, and mother inlaw... but she counts as a sister. We took many pictures during this vacation. I will recap in photos.

 The usual early morning exploring with dad. Goldie could not wait to get out and see all of Papa's animals.
 swimming in Grammy's pool
getting the Papa treatment... 4wheelers and horses

often i would loose track of goldie and so id so a quick relocating of the children and on one of the first roundups of the little ones i found them here... on Papa's 4wheeler... just being silly
So for the first few days of being in NV we hung out at Mark and Anne's catching up with each other, letting the kids roam free and enjoying our husbands before the guys pack trip and the girls trip to Tahoe.
we managed to get a lake trip in with the whole family



Goldie is speaking perfect english these days. While we were in NV with the Hydes in August it was like G had hit a new level of speaking. She has always been a good little talker but something happened. Maybe it was the fact that she was able to roam free with the kids and she was around a lot of older cousins. I dont know but John was gone on the boys pack trip for 3 days and when he came back he said, Wow, she speaks perfect English.  She's only gotten better. John and I just went away for the weekend for our 5th anniversary and we left the girls in St Cloud with Grandma and Aunt Kara. The night before we left Goldie got to stay up late and we ate some candy and snuggled a bit on my bed while i clipped her nails and told her how smart and beautiful she is. Then I told her that in the morning we would be going to Grandma's house where she would stay with grandma for 3 days and 2 nights. She got so excited and covered her smiling mouth and said "And Godad???" I nodded. "HE's going to LOVE ME". That girl knows it. SHe Loves her people and her people love her. She is so sweet to her little sister. She shares with her so well. She is always mindful of where she is and wants to know what she is doing. Hazey will go to goldie's closed bedroom door and G will hear her and open and say, "hey Hazey, you wanna come in" Last week Goldie's Car seat was in the back seat right behind Hazel so G couldn't see her. We were driving down the road and Goldie just started to seriously panic and was crying, I asked her what was up and she said "Mommy, where's Hazey" I told her H was right in front of her she just couldn't see over the head rest. She lifted up enough to see for herself. SHe is always looking after her little sis. Goldie will be 3 very soon. we have been practicing holding 3 fingers up. She's got the hang of. She has been pretty set on having a Tinkerbell Party for like 8 months now. I have never asked her about bday party themes... ever. I think it was the Tinkerbell cake at out Target that has brought on the obsession. Now all green things are for her Tinkerbell Party, like the green sippy cup i filled for her tonight. We love our little Tinkerbell.

growin' up at Papa's house

Hazel McBeal. That girl is something else. She has just come into her own. She is a feisty little peanut. She is still so teeny but acts like such a big, cool girl. She has gotten very good at standing and cruising. She has taken her first steps and acts like its no big deal. She took her first steps and i happened to catch it in the corner of my eye. She has got some dance moves like none other. SHe stands and sways and shakes her head like she has been dancing all her life. We love it when she feels the rhythm at church during the hymn or in the car or at her little piano. Our Hazelnut has got a mouth full of teeth. She is this tiny little thing and so when she smiles it seems so funny that she would have 8 HUGE teeth n her mouth. I love those pearly whites. She loves to show them off too. Basil is a smiley, snuggley, sweet little munch. While she was with Grandma this weekend she had many snuggle sessions on GoDad's bed with grandma. Mom said she would just go from grandma to godad flailing herself around and crawling up on top of them and resting her head on their laps or burying her head in to their shoulders. I called my mom on our drive back and Hazel had been on their bed doing all this funny business for an hour and a half. She loved her time with her grandma and godad... and her Auntie Kara. This little girl has brought so much joy to our family. SHe is so fun and easy. She is a perfect little friend for Goldie and my favorite little monkey on my hip. I cannot believe she is almost 1. It makes me so sad and happy at the same time. I am so sad that my baby is growing up but the older she gets the more fun she is having with her sister. We Love our little Hazel Hyde.
just a sampling of Hazey's teeth as she works on a rock at Grammy Hyde's house


jupiter crammed

This is getting out of hand. So many things are going undocumented due to this massive Jupiter post. So here are the last days worth of highlights. JW and I went out on a little trip with the girls with Uncle Ryan on his boat. It was fun to get out on the open water with my honey. Then we decided to go to the Bush Sanctuary. It was a great spot that was so close. It was fun for the kids to get out... and they loved the animals. 
On Saturday night the girls got to go out on the boats. It was fun, just wish we had a boat big enough for all the ladies to get out together. We always have fun together...and things get a little strange sometimes. But that's us.
my babe and our babe
Handsome Jett came along with us on our little outing
bush sanctuary
the kids loved this little "close encounters" show
Girls Trip out 
Captain Jordan's boat
 See you at 200ft ladies
There was pretty much no action the whole time... actually we didnt catch one fish on our boat. oh well.
the time came when nursing mothers had to get back and so we did a little switch and Ryan's boat headed back
the catch of the day for us. good work V. it started to rain so we headed back
and that when things got a bit strange. but we like it

there were, no joke, 100 pics like this
I loved this Jupiter trip. It is always so fun to be with the whole family. 
THanks Dad and Mom for making this happen.

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