This is why I do what I do, why I stayed home to raise my babies, why I worry day and night about them, why I travel across the country, why I fight so hard for time when them before the sands of time runs out. (Insert Days of Our Lives jokes..). Family means the world to me, and it means everything to my kids.
When trying to plan this trip for my children, to remove them from screens and get them to build happy memories with each other, it was necessary for us to see my family in Denver. It was important to me, but it was a top priority to my kids. They didn’t care about seeing new cities, traveling through the Northeast or visiting friends…. they wanted to see their cousins.
See, every year since I was 4, my family went up to Lake Geneva for a 1 week vacation at our timeshare. My kids grew up doing the same... playing with their aunt and uncles, grandparents and cousins, then extending the fun with 2 weeks of Camp Aunt Jenny and Nana time. Last year was our last year of Lake Geneva, and it was so difficult to say goodbye to this tradition and our automatic, build-in time with family.
This year we were supposed to plan something, but life took hold, and soon summer camps and jobs filled the schedule up.
In this busy world, how do you see those you love the most??Well….You drive across America….plan a three week vacation just so you can line up availability… to spend 5 GLORIOUS days with them… and IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!
Whether is was hiking, baking a cake, playing monopoly, sitting on the couch internet shopping, getting pedicures, seeing dance performances, playing hide-n-seek…. or just unloading about life to someone who loves you completely, our time together was EVERYTHING.
Just standing back and seeing the kids interact with each other, the happiness emanating from Nana and the joy I felt when hearing giggling teens play like kids. I could see complete happiness in my kids when they were just BEING with these people they traveled across the country to see… their favorite people.
Thank you Steve, Karen, Peyton and Claire for being so special and loving my family like you do. I know it’s a bit overwhelming to be loved like we love you….so thank you for putting up with our clingy love. Rest in the knowledge that time with you is more important than seeing Graceland, playing video games or taking in a Broadway show.
We love you!