Hi. I am back. I can't say I'm very happy about being back since we had one of the best, most awesomest times ever. Coming back from vacation just plain sucks. It was so nice to not to have to cook and clean at all, and even not to have to take care of my kids for half the time. The waiters even CUT UP THEIR FOOD! When I was with them, it was all fun times. It was so great to hang out with my sisters and let all the cousins play together for 8 days. There are so many stories that I want to tell you including getting to cross "swimming with the dolphins" off my bucket list. However, before I go in to all the fun we had, I feel like I should honor my parents since they are the reason that my family got to go on this once in a lifetime trip.
For the past year my sisters and I have worked on a scrapbook of sorts to give them on this trip. Beth and I contacted all of their family and friends from their 40 years together. We asked them to do a page for their book. Some people wrote, some sent pictures, some did a full scrap book themselves. Megan put the book together and we presented it to them on the boat on their anniversary last Sunday the 23rd. Needless to say, they loved it. Since I've talked about my girls on their birthdays and more or less written them letters, I thought I would share with all of you what I wrote to my parents in their book. It was accompanied by pictures, but for now I will just share the words. I think it is amazing that my parents have been together for so long and they are no doubt an inspiration to my sisters and me as we navigate through the smooth sailing and rocky waters of our own marriages. (Like my boat metaphor?) I thank them so much for the wonderful time they gave us this past week and all the great memories they helped us all to make with our own families. I really do hope that someday I can do the same for my own girls.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Time-it goes so fast. Way to fast, really. Still, here we are seven years, eight grandchildren and me, 39 plus, later.