Esbon’s sister, Gayle, lives in Ruston, Louisiana. We visited her family once before, in 2007. Visiting again was one of the main reasons for this whole excursion. I can’t believe how little and cute the boys looked back then!
Gayle and Jim put us up in a hotel for the duration of our visit. They treated us to everything and we had a great weekend with them.
Pizza with three of the four Yates boys. Daniel is a little younger than Bo, James is a little younger than Jonathan, and Mathew is the youngest. JT, who is a little older than Bo, was at a ball game.
Bo, Daniel, and a friend of Daniel’s had a great time playing airsoft at the cousins’ house. This is apparently a common sight around the neighborhood. The sheriff lives across the street, and his son has been known to join in the fun.
While Bo and Daniel were running around with their airsoft guns, Jonathan and the other boys were enjoying the trampoline, Jedi style.
It looks like James is winning!
While the boys were battling their cousins, Gayle and Jim drove us to Arcadia to hear some Bluegrass with the North Louisiana Bluegrass Club.
The groups that weren’t on stage performing practiced in back rooms of the Depot Museum.
The Depot Museum had some interesting displays on local history. This is part of an exhibit on Bonnie and Clyde.
Esbon particularly enjoyed this military history display.
Bird watching is one of my favorite things to do at Gayle’s. She has a dozen or more feeders in her backyard. I sat out in the cold for awhile, waiting for the birds to get used to me. I’d say it was worth it! Here’s one of several Cardinals.
And a red-bellied woodpecker…
We had a great time just hanging out with the family. This is Esbon and Gayle with Gayle’s youngest grandson, Mathew.
We went out for Mexican on our last evening. Gayle’s daughter Linda and her four boys joined us. The boys watched the movie “I, Spy” in Spanish while they ate. Wow, that’s a lot of growing boys!
It was a beautiful weekend with family. We didn’t get to see everyone since some of the older cousins are already in college, but everyone had a great time. I hope we’ll get back again soon!
And with that it’s time to head back west!