Friday, September 30, 2011

My Brother & His Boys

My little brother and his wife separated during Labor Day weekend and my brother has moved out of their house.  At first Brittiney was going to stay in their house where things are familiar to the boys but has since decided to move down to Richfield where her parents and sister live.  It is going to be a long road getting used to this big change in all of our lives but I worry about my nephews the most.
We wanted to go get our family pictures this fall but with this new change, we decided not to .  So we just took the boys and Jade to get some of them before they leave for Richfield.  They'll come back up every couple of weeks for a few days at a time, so that will be good.  My parents are going to have a hard time as well since they live just down the road from Jade & Brit's house and the boys run down several times a day to see "Bama and Poppa".
We went to Mack Park for some pictures.  The boys didn't want to cooperate very much.
They wanted to play on the playground that we kept trying to distract them from.
 We took the boys to get some dinner at McDonald's and let them play some more in the nasty playground there.  We had a good time although the whole night was bittersweet.  I can see the pain in my brother's eyes as I look back on these pictures.  He knew his marriage was over but it kills him to be away from his boys, especially 5 hours away.
I don't do well with change either.  I just want things to go back to the way things were, everyone together and happy.  I wish the boys and Brit lived closer so we could see them more often but this is our new normal and we have to adjust to it.


Treesa Porter said...

Yes, I can see the pain in his eyes as well. I think things are okay though. The boys love their dad and get to spend "special" time with him and us as well. There is no words to describe how much I love those little men and as long as they are happy, I'm okay with the change and our "new normal."

Marvett Smith said...

They are lucky to have you and all of your love to get through this.