My husband and I are still floating on a bit of a cloud from the trip we took earlier this month. We flew to Seattle where our sons both live. At the same time, our two daughters and their families were in St. Louis boarding a plane for Seattle (all eight of them on the same plane—you can believe some prayers were going up for that flight!) By early Saturday morning, we were all under one roof—sixteen of us, including two babies under seven months old!
Our sons shuttled everyone to and from the airport, and our youngest son and his wife were such wonderful hosts! Not only had they shopped and done a lot of the meal prep before we got there, but each family had a comfy place to sleep, the bathrooms were stocked with shampoo and soaps and blow dryers, and the Missouri kids had car seats and strollers and whatever else they needed while we were there.
The two babies and their respective aunts, uncles, and cousins had never met, so that was a highlight. Despite lots of little kids and not much time, we still got to do so much.
We spent the first couple of days just chilling at home—playing outside in Trey and Jen’s beautiful yard, playing board games inside, and getting to know the babies we’ve only seen a few times.
Then we rented a second van and braved traffic to go downtown, where we did all the touristy things we’ve done many times in Seattle. But how fun to see it all from the eyes of our grandkids!
If there was any conflict the entire six days we were there, Ken and I were oblivious. Our kids have always gotten along well (as adults… When they lived at home, they fought like cats and dogs! ;)) but when you add in-laws and seven grandkids to the mix and throw everyone under the same roof for a week, you’d expect some fur to fly! (There may have been some of that, literally, as a large dog and a fluffy cat were in residence, but no human fur flew as far as we know!)
Instead, we had an absolutely wonderful time and made memories that I know will last a lifetime!
(So sorry for the photo overload! I just couldn’t narrow it down to five or six!) What is your favorite family vacation destination?”