I’ve just gotten back from a short vacay in Virginia Beach and the older I get, the shorter the visits seem! My only sister and her family live there as my brother-in-law is retired military. I so wish our houses were closer but thank goodness the plane fare is not too bad nowadays. The only downside is getting back to cooking, cleaning and real life!
Before we left well ahead of Hurricane Irma, we got to see one of my dear nieces and her hubby and two boys because they live close by. Her sister is in northern Virginia and we only get to see her and her family about once a year or so. It’s tough when family is spread around the country.
I’m sure many of you have the same situation as me. I’ve got two sons and a stepson and family in Illinois, a stepdaughter and family in Tennessee and another stepdaughter and family in North Carolina. My sis is in Virginia, my brothers are in the Chicago area, but already one nephew is married and settled in Wisconsin.
We’re planning a few vacations next year, one to Las Vegas for the over 21 crowd and my sis and her hubby and my hubby and I are taking a cruise from Boston to Canada next fall, just a week long getaway for the four of us. Yes, it’s a lot of work and some expense, but it’s worth it to reconnect with each other. We also do our Memorial Day weekend trip to Tennessee for hubby’s family reunion.
I must say, there are way more benefits than disadvantages to having such a big and wonderful family, including lots of great places to visit. We love each and every one of you!
A toast to welcome all the new people who have followed my blog lately, and, of course, to everyone who’s been following for awhile. I appreciate you all more than I can say!
Spending a week away for some lovely tropical R&R. Probably won’t post much while traveling, but I’ll be back soon…
I had the pleasure of an out of town ladies lunch last week while on vacation in Virginia. Rashmi from Mind and Life Matters lives in northern Virginia and has a wonderful blog where she shares her stories — and hosts the weekly Limerick Poetry Challenge. My family had flown into Virginia Beach to visit with my sister and her family. And Rashmi and I decided the chance to meet in person was too good of an opportunity to waste!
Since I didn’t have a car there, my sis drove me up to Richmond and Rashmi drove down to meet us at Baker’s Crust, a cute little eatery.
It was so good to finally meet and we made sure it was a working lunch by discussing blogging ideas so that we could deduct our mileage! (Unless, of course, that’s not legal, in which case we wouldn’t dream of it :D)
If you’d be interested in meeting up with other bloggers in person, in the U.S., plans are being made right now for 2017. You can find information at A Joyful Process .