Sunday, July 6, 2008
All in the family.
Most everyone knows this trip almost didn't happen. Originally we were supposed to go to Illinois for a golf tournament... but the great flood of 2008 was a deterrent. And Rick had a last minute "yearbook crisis" that caused a few anxious moments. Then there was the increasing cost of gas to factor in as well as an elderly dog that would need some tlc while we were gone. But we were determined. And the payoff far exceeded any turmoil felt when we first set out.
I was so thrilled to see how Madi and Alex openly shared their home, their toys, their whole world with Nolan and Colton. They were very gracious hosts! And to watch Nolan and Colton embrace the adventure and truly relish each new experience... they just seemed to fit right in.
My brother swears this isn't true, but I don't remember him choosing to swim with as much zeal as I did when we were young... I recall him wanting to fish with his lake friends and go boating. He'd jump in the lake to cool off and then get out again. I however could spend an entire day at the beach! But to see him swim and be silly with all of the kids while we were there was a treat. And when Rick captured Nolan holding hands with Uncle Lee at Hershey Park I knew another bond had been strenghtened. Nolan and Alex were our devilish twosome while Colton and Madi were our gentle but bright spirits. And Aunt Kelly was the energetic head cheerleader... planning, organizing and maneuvering behind the scenes, making the overwhelming seem effortless and helping to pave the way for a truly magical experience.
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