Monday, January 18, 2010

Good Times

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wow. Time really flies. I had no idea it was Monday already which is why I'm getting my post up late. I actually stopped by SIS to see what my sisters were talking about and thought that someone was slacking. Guess that would be me.

The reason behind my confusion? My niece and nephew (18 and 21 years old) came to visit for a few days and we had the absolute best time. These are my brothers children and I think they just needed to get away for awhile. I'm so glad they picked my house. I needed the "get away" too.

Friday night I took them out for a night of country karaoke with my friends. We danced, we laughed and we sang, sang, sang. Can I get a yee-haw? I really need to do that more often. Partly because I love to sing but more so because I need to get out of the house. I'm becoming a hermit of mega proportions.

Saturday my husband and children and I took them up to the lakefront so they could take pictures. It was FREEZING! Our hands were numb (we forgot gloves) and our eyes were watering from the wind whipping around us, but it was fun and we did get some good pictures. I'll post them to our scrapbook a little later. Afterwards, we headed to my in-laws. I could tell my niece and nephew were nervous. It only took about 10 seconds to ease their minds. They were greeted by all with hugs, food and tons of laughter. We even played a corny, but hilarious, game of charades. My nephew, Michael, told us about a website--all of you must go on--called the people of OMG. It was so funny. My husband's eighty year old grandmother was laughing so hard. I have to admit, I was a little worried. But Grandma Dot was just fine. We probably looked at about 500 pictures.

Later, my nephew and I had a long talk and he told me that he has never felt that welcomed in his entire life. This made my cry. And even though I really don't care for the word lucky, I think in this case it is most definitely apropos.

My daughter had a basketball game on Sunday and we all went to root her on. Then we hit the mall and wrapped it up last night with The Golden Globes and the 5th Bring It On movie.

I hope they get a chance to come back in the summer. Winters are brutal here but summers...summers are beautiful.

Family is good.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi


SIS BJ said...

Happy to hear they had a great time.

~Sia McKye~ said...

What a special time, Elle. Family is special. I have lots of nieces and I try to stay close. I have one, who is like a daughter to me, who lives close--about 7 miles. So I see her frequently and she shares her babies with me. Her house is my son's home away from home and the grand nieces adore him even Nikki who is only 6 weeks old.

My late brother has a couple of daughters I also try to stay close to. We're really such a big *clan*.

Summer time there is gorgeous. I hope they have a chance to visit again. They had a good time the past few days so that will pull them back, no doubt.

How is your brother doing?

Hugs to you all>

Elle J Rossi said...


Next time, you and the girls must come too!

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Sia,

I wish I had more family living close, but I'll take them anytime they want to visit.
I bet it's comforting to know that your son loves to spend so much time there.

We should compare numbers of family members. Ours is definitely huge!

Thank you for asking about Bobby. We received some discouraging news recently but he is our fighter! His strength is amazing and inspiring to all of us.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Olga said...

You're right, Barb, there is nothing like family time. And you certainly have a wonderful family!

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Olga,

Thanks so much!

SIS Barb

Beth Ciotta said...

Sounds like an incredible weekend, Barb. Wish I could have been a part of it, but the next best thing was reading your report. Made me warm and fuzzy all over!

SIS Beth

Sisters-in-Sync said...


I'm glad they got to visit and wish I could have been there too. Especially for the karaoke!

I've met your in-laws and have been blessed enough to spend time with them on few different occasions. They are two of the nicest people I have ever met and incredibly sweet and hospitable, so I am not surprised that Michael felt so welcomed.

You are blessed to have them in your life.
Miss you lots!

SIS Bren

P.S. Thank you Sia for asking about our brother. How very thoughtful!

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Beth,

Warm and fuzzy is a very god feeling indeed.

SIS Barb

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Bren,

I feel the exact same way. I am so very fortunate. I can't wait for you to meet the extended family. They are an absolute riot.

SIS Barb

Becca said...

Well I for one had a great time!!! Singing with no voice, taking pics in the cold and spending time with everyone! By the way... My voice is almost completely back! YAY! Now I'm sad to be back in school and not having so much fun.


Elle J Rossi said...


Of course your voice came back! Isn't that the way of things?

So glad y'all could come. Please make sure to come back when it's warmer!

SIS Barb

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