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I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. Ours included a trip to visit my in-laws, and I was reminded again of how lucky I am that I truly enjoy spending time with them. I have many friends who complain incessantly about their in-laws, and in many cases, I don't blame them! But I am lucky. I will admit I've complained about making the trip in the past, but that's only due to the difficulty of going anywhere with two little ones. The boys didn't sleep well at all the last time we were there, so I was crossing my fingers that this time would be better, and thankfully, it was. We planned well, and we made some smart decisions, like driving on Saturday and back home Monday morning to avoid the holiday traffic. We're learning. Perhaps we're on our way towards easier family travel.
A few highlights:
- The first thing the big boy asks when he wakes up at grandma's house: "Mama, where is Amber?" He adores his aunt, and I do too. His aunts do a fabulous job of keeping him entertained, and it gives me a bit of a rest.
- I love summertime cookout food. We enjoyed lobster, pasta salads, tomatoes/mozzarella/basil, lemonade, asparagus, corn on the cob, burgers, berries, brownies.... (I'm hungry!)
- The big boy got his first experience with an ice cream truck. When it came driving by, playing the familiar music, his aunt ran into the house scrambling for money. They ran to the truck, and he picked out an ice cream pop. I'm not sure who was more excited. I just sat back and watched him smile and eat the ice cream as it melted all over him.
- The weather was perfect. Warm and sunny, nice breezes.
- The boys were both pooped at the end of the day, so there were no bedtime battles. And as I mentioned, they slept. This allowed me to enjoy some quiet in the evenings. Time to sit outside, enjoy some drinks, and have an uninterrupted conversation with friends and family.
- My sister-in-law mentioned that it had been a long time since she had seen fireflies. A few minutes later, we saw one. And another. And another. The evening sky was literally sparkling with them. Could it be we just stopped looking?