Our 4th of July weekend was spent in Asheville, NC at our family reunion. With nine siblings it is a rare occasion when all of us are able to get together, especially as spread out as we all are.
The kids were able to spend quality time with their cousins. My brother, Sean, is the only other sibling in my family who has children. Sean and his wife, Sara, have two precious girls who are 10 and 3. We enjoyed nightly pool swims, 4th of July fireworks and dinners with them. I wish they lived closer. Sean is stationed right now in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. The good news is we are planning a Disney vacation with them next year!
The kids also loved seeing their Aunts and Uncles who they very rarely see. My brother, Donnie, is a former Division I college football player who now coaches college ball in Iowa. Between coaching and recruiting his schedule keeps him pretty busy. We love when we get to visit with him!!
We also had a great time with my sister, Carissa, whose wedding the girls were in almost two years ago and her husband.
Other than visiting with all the family a few other highlights of our trip ... beautiful mountain views from my parent's neighborhood, shopping downtown, staying and playing at our fancy hotels (yes, we had two for this visit - we decided to extend our stay by one day and moved into a downtown hotel for our last night), getting 4th of July face painting, and Field of Dreams baseball games.
But then, sadly, after five days, the fun had to come to an end. The cousins were all so sad saying goodbye ... it is hard living so far apart!