We went on a whirlwind road trip to see family this summer.
We started at a family reunion for Rainman's side of the family. Three of his siblings were missing this year though.
My kids were in heaven for numerous reasons......lots of cousins....and lots of babies!
It warms my heart that my boys love babies just as much as my girls do!
Here is his cousin Paulie with the "Bushas"!
We left his hometown and headed up to my brother's new place in Wisconsin.
We even managed to get all the grandkids together in one place....that hasn't happened in awhile!
I love their new place! Rolling hills, dirt roads, cows....and my family. I was in heaven.
They have a river near their house, so the kids and a few grown ups went and played there, while the rest of us took the nearby Leinenkugel's beer tour! I don't even like beer...but I really liked the Summer Shanty and the Berry Shanty....which Rainman says doesn't prove a thing because they aren't "real" beers!
This is my brother and his wife posing in front of their "Glamper". This is a random shot from somewhere they were visiting.....because I totally forgot to take a picture! I just wanted to show you were Rainman and I slept while we stayed there. It is the coolest thing ever. It really is the best way to camp. A real bed. Doors and windows to protect you from stray wildlife that may want to come and visit....but with screens and windows so you can see the stars and hear the nightsounds. I slept great!!!! It apparently even has a t.v. and DVD player if you want to watch movies!
We had time to fix each others hair, tell an embarrassing dating story...or two....hurt Rainman's feelings (who was sitting in the next room with the guys) with above mentioned story....have a little more baby time...and then head over to Minnesota.
In Minnesota we spent more time with my mom and sisters. D-man was in heaven with my mom's new to her lawn mower....we haven't had a riding mower at our house in years.....he was a very happy teenager!
We concluded our whirlwind trip by spending a day or so visiting our friends that are, as my kids calls them, "almost cousins" in Iowa before our trip back to Georgia. And, I realized as I was putting together this post that I took exactly "0" pictures of our time with them. Zero!
There really is nothing like family. I know some people don't really like their families, so seeing them, or not seeing them is no big deal.
That is not how we feel.
We love our families. Both sides. I love his side of the family, and get along great with them. He gets along with my side too, although I will admit there are times that he just sits back and shakes his head at us sometimes.....especially when I am with my sisters. I am sure it is just because we are just so darn adorable and clever that there are no words to describe it. Right?
There is a comfort and safety when we are around them. They understand you....and your quirks. They will laugh until they cry with you.....I have discovered that this is a rare gift to have in your life.
I felt like I breathed deeper the closer to Minnesota I got. I do love Georgia....now.
But, it still really isn't.....home....yet.