Sierra is going to be a junior this year. Which means that we've got this summer and next and then, even though I plan to lock her up and not let her leave after graduation, IT ISN'T GONNA BE THE SAME.
So even though there are things that need fixing and wisdom teeth that need removing and any number of ESSENTIAL things that this year's refund could've done, the money got put aside for vacation. I can count on one hand (with fingers left over) how many family trips we've taken in 16 years, and by gosh by golly, I'm running out of time.
Memories. That's all they will take with them.
We moved out of California back in 2005, and a lot has happened since then, and by happened I mean cousins being born. And adopted. And.....well.....let's just say that 7 years is too long to be away from all my family, and we were overdue for a visit.
The kids have been looking forward to a REAL vacation for months, and it didn't disappoint. Truly a summer of firsts.
First time in San Francisco for the kids.
|That's Alcatraz in the background. Jordan shrugged at the distance said he could "totally swim it."|
It had been awhile for us too.
|We so cannot pull off serious. Thanks for trying, Mom.|
Ooooooooh - nephews I have only seen in photos. Scrumptious.
And itty bitty Hunter. Almost a year old. Which is the perfect stage for a little purple hair, shades and cupcakes eaten off the ground. Like only Aunties can do. When Mommies aren't there.
First time to meet the stepbrother I've had for 5 (six?) years. There are four more siblings I still need to meet (Lesa)(GET YOUR BUTT UP HERE ALREADY), but it's a start.
|Did I mention that he's adorable? And played the guitar and sang for us? And that he's single? Ladies in Fresno - you are MISSING OUT.|
It wouldn't be a proper West Coast trip without the west coast.
|Grandma with my five and Liz's four|
|Sensory overload in the ocean. Nothing that a little ear plugging can't fix.|
I learned that the circus is way cooler that I remember it being.
I learned that if you eat WHATEVER YOU WANT for 10 days, it's very possible to gain 6.8 pounds.
That DVD players built-in to rental cars make 3 hour road trips go by in a snap. A tub of licorice doesn't hurt either.
That Camden can play Grandma chess for hours and still want to play "one more game."
That even on "vacation," I can't resist a fun project.
And that no matter what we plan for next year, I don't know how we're gonna top this.