We woke up Sunday morning to dreary skies and didn't see a crack of sunshine all day during the drive. Then again, we were in Ohio and Michigan and the shining sun isn't the norm. That's not a criticism; it's just a fact. And did I mention it's flat? Very flat.the norm. That's not an accolade; it's just a fact.
We visited Great Poppy and Great Granny for lunch and, although the boys were initially terrified of Molly, the big black lab, they decided she wasn't so bad by the time we left.
When Grandpa got home from work he joined the kids in the basement to play. He's a rock star for being able to share his attention and energy on three little people wanting a piece of him at once.
Grady and I said adios to the kids and left them with my parents for the evening so we could enjoy dinner out with my cousins and their husbands. We talked and laughed over tapas at a great place downtown that I never knew existed. The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious and my stomach is now uncomfortably full.
My cousins, Michele and Kristi, are two of my favoritest people ever. It's been ages and ages since we've been able to really spend time together like we used to, but I think the respect and love and appreciation and memories I have with them will never change despite long intervals between laughs and talks. It's hard to not enjoy time with two people who love Jesus and love their families. It's hard not to laugh with two people who are naturally funny storytellers.
You know, I think that after a day of watching my parents love my kids, taking my time to shop with my mom, and enjoying dinner with family, I could almost pack up and go home and consider this a trip well spent. Almost.
Almost, because I'm sure that by hour two out of the 14 hour trip I'd be wondering why on earth I thought this was a good idea to drive around the world just for shopping and dinner. But then again, maybe it would be worth it. Family that I hardly get to see and love so much.
Yeah, it just might be worth it.