Well, we are back from the long weekend. Sad, I know, but all fun things must come to an end. It was a much needed break from things around here and we had a blast. Taking regular vacations and long weekends with our family and friends over the years has been a great way to create an abundance of wonderful memories. My friend Lori and I were discussing how many years we have had this tradition and although we couldn't come up with a definate number we both know it has been about 15 yrs. Our kids were all sitting around the table laughing about things that had happened over the years and they laughed about different milestones in thier lives they had shared. It just warms my "mommy heart" to know that this tradition has been a treasure for them as they have grown. Our group is growing now as our children now bring boyfriends/ husbands who join us now. We are all excited by the fact that next year we will have a baby joining us (my first grandbaby). This little baby is being claimed by Lori's family as well. Imagine coming into the world already being loved by not just your real family but others who also say they are your grandma/grandpa and aunts and uncles. Try to create an environment in your families that foster love, and create memories.
Our children need to know they have people who love and care for them beyond just mom and dad. I believe that in this day and age it really does take a village to raise a child. It is working in my family.
Here are a few snapshots of our weekend away.