My big sis (aka Bubbie) kisses Maddie.
My main reason for visiting Chicago always is to see my mom. But there was an added bonus for last weekend’s trip: I got to spend time with my big sis and her #1 daughter Becky’s family.
Kate has fun on the floor.
Last year Becky and her husband, Ken, hauled baby Kate from Seattle to the midwest to introduce her to family and friends.
Such a cute family!
This time it was six-month-old Maddie’s turn. Kate and Maddie are Irish twins, both having been born in 2011 (Kate in early January and Madds in late December). Becky and Ken literally have their hands full—especially when Ken’s five-year-old daughter Lily is added to the merry mix.
Four generations together: My mom, my big sis, Becky, and the two darlings.
The event was at Giordano’s, a great pizza place. I got to visit with my relatives (always a treat) and admire my two gorgeous great-nieces.
A little girl talk among the generations
Meeting her new great-granddaughter was so special for my mom. She and Becky—her first grandchild—enjoy a wonderful bond.
Great-grandma and great-granddaughter
And now that strong link continues to the much-younger (albeit sleepy) generation.
Welcome to the family, Maddie!
Love the colorful accents!
Here’s the bad news: It’s already too hot in Houston.
A yellow lily reaches out.
Followed up by worse news: Summer hasn’t officially begun.
Wonder what the seed balls contain.
Of course, anyone who has lived in Houston for awhile knows that scorching days await us. It’s the hell that we pay for our mild, heavenly winters.
Horsemint blend with black-eyed Susans.
Temperatures in the high 80s have wreaked havoc with so many of the wildflowers I love. Bluebonnets, we hardly knew ye! But some plants still are going strong, keeping the landscape lush and pretty.
A trio of Indian blankets hang on.
I’m not sure how much longer these beautiful blooms will last. So I plan to enjoy them as much as I can!
My neighbor Tami’s lilies look beautiful!
When I walk out my front door and look to my left, this is the gorgeous sight that meets my eyes.
These lilies suddenly bloom.
These lovely lilies are grown by my next-door neighbor Tami. One day there’s nothing but green in that corner of her front bed.
Extreme lily loveliness!
And the next day . . . lilypalooza!