>> Thursday, August 25, 2016
I'm grateful for the chance to attend The Man's annual family reunion at the beginning of the month. Since moving up here to The Valley, we haven't been able to attend this gathering very regularly (we've missed six of the last 10) due to the travel time and work schedules. This year, amazingly, his scheduled four days off were Friday to Monday, enabling us to attend the ENTIRE long weekend! It was an incredibly hot and humid weekend and the nights in those stuffy cabins were pretty unpleasant, but it was so great to reconnect with cousins, aunts, and uncles whom we hadn't seen for a long time. Most of the cousins and their families we hadn't seen since the last time we attended ~ three years ago!
I'm thankful I enjoy The Man's family. I love chatting with his aunts and uncles and reacquainting myself with his cousins and their families every time we get to go. And it was so nice to be forced into the water to cool off! I'm not a huge water sports gal and I need it to be hot enough to NEED to get in. The August long weekend this year was DEFINITELY hot enough!!
And I'm SO thankful for a WONDERFUL first-ever, family vacation. It was over so fast it hardly seemed like we'd actually gone! It was a week and a half full of visiting relatives, seeing countless amazing sights, and experiencing a bunch of exciting things, and a handful of "firsts" for all of us. I'm grateful for safety in all our travels, good health, great weather, and no serious injuries. (I was on the losing end of an encounter with a steep gravel road, but other than some ugly scrapes and bruises, I was fine. I wasn't even all stiff and sore the next day like I expected to be!)
As awesome as the road trip was, I was grateful to be home again. Sometimes, I think the vagabond lifestyle sounds so great ~ and my bucket list still includes a year of living in an RV, travelling all around North America ~ but I would miss an actual stationary home base, a place to return to once the travels were over. I'm thankful for my home, as dissatisfied and frustrated as I am with it sometimes.
I'm thankful for the perspective taking a real vacation gives. Before we left, I was dreaming of new, good quality living room furniture, new windows and doors, a deck, and replacing the main floor flooring, but now I just want another family trip! I can put up with a lot of house imperfections if it means having another experience like we just had!! Plus, we only have four summers left where both girls are still in grade school.
What are YOU thankful for today?