Familia

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”  – Anthony Brandt

miami  056 miami  009 (1)miami  005 (1)The month in Miami was a bit of a whirlwind.    There were birthday parties for December babies, holiday parties, an engagement party and a family BBQ that we hosted for 30+ family members at our campsite.  Along with the group events, we spent some quality time with individual members of the family and with friends.miami  020miami  086miami  019miami  030miami  034miami  085miami  011 (1)

miami  012 (1)miami  059miami  058miami  057miami  061 miami  063 miami  064 miami  065 miami  060miami  066miami  067miami  002 (1)We also enjoyed the “community” at the Larry and Penny Thompson campground.  There were lots of RVers here who return year after year, and many have formed longtime friendships.  Every day there were groups of people walking and cycling around the park, playing games in the community room and getting together at their campsites.  It was a really friendly atmosphere.  When we mentioned our upcoming BBQ to them, both of our immediate neighbors contributed their picnic tables, chairs, coolers, games etc.  Once again, RVers prove to be generous and helpful.

miami  072miami  079miami  070miami  078The BBQ was a great success.  The family took over the green space behind our RV.  There were games, and, as in any gathering of Latinos, lots of food and drink.  It was great to have a casual, outdoor day after all of the dressy holiday parties.  And it was another great opportunity  to enjoy all of the younger generation and the interesting adults that they are becoming.    A fun and intense month.miami  082miami  069miami  080miami  073miami  071~ Brenda

5 thoughts on “Familia

  1. Life looks enviably relaxed and sunny, Friends. Happy 2013! Familia Solis are all well and back scattered about the country after fun shared holiday time. Kayla is waiting to hear back on colleges, V on post-grad service ops. Zac is swimming fast and looking for, he hopes, an NCAA cut time at the Conference meet mid-Feb. Joe and I are merely trying to keep up. 🙂 Miss and love you! Travel safely and keep in touch. xo, Jean on behalf of toda la familia

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  2. Not sure how this communicating with you works, but wanted to be sure you got our message: Life looks enviably relaxed and sunny, Friends. Happy 2013! Familia Solis are all
    well and back scattered about the country after fun shared holiday time. Kayla is
    waiting to hear back on colleges, V on post-grad service ops. Zac is swimming fast and
    looking for, he hopes, an NCAA cut time at the Conference meet mid-Feb. Joe and I are
    merely trying to keep up. 🙂 Miss and love you! Travel safely and keep in touch. xo,
    Jean on behalf of toda la familia

    • Jean, it’s always nice to hear from you. We may not always reply quickly, depending upon where we are and our access to technology. Wow, you both have a lot on your plate. I’m sure it will all turn out wonderfully. We hope you can meet us sometime on our journey. We’re probably going to come through Denver in the late fall, will let you know. Love and miss you guys and the kids, Brenda

      > Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:42:22 +0000 > To: brendavlopez@msn.com >

  3. Howdy Lopez Family.
    Looking forward to your stay on the Myakka River in April. Have kayak will travel. Enjoyed your brief visit for lunch. Seems like an eternity since then. keep living the Life o’ Riley and we’ll enjoy your pics and storys.
    See you soon
    Murphy family

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