Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Welcomed Intrusion

Last week began looking like it was going to be quiet, uneventful and routine.  However it turned out to be anything but that when my oldest nephew came to town on business.

We met on Wednesday right after work, and had a really good dinner ..... the very trendy Reston Town Center, in Reston (of course).
We had such a good evening, we decided to get together on Thursday as well.  For dinner that night, I took my nephew to the trendiest place in the town where I live, GK's BBQ.  It has a well earned and deserved reputation of the best barbecue for miles.
I have to confess, over the years I've not spent a lot of time with my nearly 30 year old nephew, and it had been about 7 years since I'd seen him.  His parents taught him to be respectful, hardworking and compassionate, kind and generous. I found him to be articulate, insightful with a great sense of humor. I know his parents are proud of him, and they should be, I am too.
I was also proud of how well all the dogs did with my nephew being here. It's always a guess as to which dog is going to turn into a show-off, and how many of them will forget everything they've been taught to do when they meet new people.
Having a dog of his own, my nephew took it all in stride and really enjoyed getting to know our crew and giving them some extra attention.  Sunny never left my nephew's side, and even Todd who can be aloof and guarded when meeting someone new, didn't mind the intrusion into his territory.
Even though I'm worn out from the late nights, working every day, and I'm behind on everything, I didn't mind the "intrusion" into my week either.


  1. Sounds like a great intrusion and I am sure you are going to catch up soon. spending time with family can be awesome!

  2. Morning Kim, what a wonderful visit from Nephew. Love to spend time with family, well behaved furry kids too, Blessings Francine.

  3. so glad you had some quality time with him! i know how rare that can be as i live a long ways away from family.

  4. Sounds as though you have been having a wonderful time this past week! I don't have any nephews or nieces for t hat nice of him to spend time with his auntie Kim! xox

  5. How nice to spend some time with your nephew! I haven't seen mine in almost 20 tears, although, we keep a long distance relationship going quite well, talking for hours on the phone. Looks like the gang had a great time with their visitor!

  6. Everyone is happy except the deer. There must be some reason the deer is mooning you.

  7. It's always so good when family pets welcome a visitor or too. Looks very summery with the balers very busy in the huge paddock. Do they use plastic wrapping, like down here? I always wonder why they had to change to the HUGE round bales, the older oblong ones were fine, one man, or even young girl ( as I was so many years ago and did)could lift, stack, and feed out so easily. Maybe with larger farms, mechanisation and size all get increased. Cheers,Jean

  8. Always good to spend time with family and catch up with them. Nice that the dogs liked him too, Kim.
    And your 'surprise visitor' was looking right at you!

  9. What an enjoyable break. If the dogs liked him, then he has to be okay.

    SHE remembers when Reston was first built, very trendy, then became a bit seedy...glad to see they've made it trendy again.

    XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

  10. oh! what a delightful post. start to finish!
    my nephew (my only one) is one of my favorite people.
    he's jacob's and blake's dad. a master sgt in the regular air force now.
    we've always been very close. but like you. i hardly get to see him these days. he lives far away.
    i still see that little boy's face. only now it's on a 6 ft tall body!

  11. How lovely. Hopefully you'll keep in closer contact with your nephew now; the dogs have given him the ok :)

  12. Pretty rural scene and I always love seeing your puppydogs.. I am glad you had a great time with your nephew.. Love the BBQ.. Have a happy weekend!

  13. Sounds like you had a great time with your nephew. My nieces and nephew live far away and I have never been able to spend much time with them. Glad all the pups behaved too.


  14. Good BBQ can not be beat. :-)
    Great photos!
    So glad you were able to spend time with family. Have a blessed Sunday, Kim. ♥

  15. Yum good food and family can't hardly beat that. Todd he is such a Scottie.

    Aroo to you,

  16. Your pictures were absolutely amazing. The light in Charlie's eyes and also Todd's eyes are so expressive. I love that Sunny was so social. He must be doing well overall, because we haven't heard much about him lately.
    Gus' Mom
    So glad you had such a nice visit. Good for the soul.

  17. We enjoy company keeps you young!...:)JP

  18. What a delightful post! I love seeing peeps' towns. I just love the picture of the deer in your backyard.

  19. Awe Sunny found a new friend. :) BTW I love the first picture.


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