While Ian was spending a few days in CT with his cousin, Sam and I tried to make the most of our days back home. One of the mornings I had to work for the crazy guy and bring Sam with me. She was a rockstar and really made me proud. I was quick to offer whatever reward she'd like for hanging in there for 2 hours while I worked.
Me: Sam, name it and we will go get it.
Sam: Cold Stone! The biggest Chocolate Devotion EVER!
Me: Ok. You got it.
Sam: Can it be considered lunch?
Me: Ok, but please don't tell Ian.
Sam: I'm not good at keeping secrets.
|Yes, this thing is as big as it looks!|
My cousin and her family lives in Darien, CT. Leslie sent me some pictures she took. She said this beach is about 10 to 15 minutes from her house. I am in love with these pictures. It looks so beautiful. Ian had a great visit. I can see us doing this again and again. At some point, we will also incorporate Sam and Ellie into the swap.
Our next 'pack your bags, we've still got places to go' is happening tomorrow. We will be on a flight at 7:00am to Orlando. This is always a highlight of my summer each year. I go down for a few days with the kids and then let Ian & Sam spend a few weeks with my family without me. It's a win-win-win for everyone. The grandparents and my sister/brother-in-law get lots of one-on-one time with the kids and I get a break. My mom and stepfather will drive the kids back to VA. It always amazes me how this is everyone's preferred mode of transportation. They've been doing it for years now -- in fact they took both kids down I-95 by car before I ever attempted it. Got to love how fearless my mom is. I guess the apple didn't fall far from the tree. :)