We have spent the last 18 or so days touring around the southeast visiting family and friends. There was time in the car, time with wonderful people, time in the car, time eating barbecue and boiled peanuts, time in the car, time skiing on the lake, time in the car, time enjoying family and sweet moments at the beach. Did I mention there was time in the car? Which might have been a good time to work on the blog. Except I surrendered the use of my laptop to my eldest to enjoy the occasional DVD distraction. Don’t judge, the trip home alone was almost 30 hours of time in the car spread over 3 days. Oi.
I want to chronicle our trip in my blog, but there was so much to it, the saga of our voyage will have to be written in installments.
The first leg of the journey (after we survived the drive through Kansas) was the week we spent with my mother-in-law’s family at their lake house in Kentucky and the various home visits we made to Tennessee while there. Being at the lake is wonderfully quiet. There is no telephone, we get very sketchy cell service, and thus no internet. It can be frustrating to be so communication isolated, but it also forces you to spend time doing active things and interacting with flesh and blood folks while you do it. Face to face. It’s a little sad we have to lose technology sometimes to really focus on the people around us. Not that I’m giving up my laptop.
First priority was some face to face with Nana and Grundaddy:
Then, the Pedigo family reunion. Time with grandma/great grandma:
And with cousins and cousins’ kids (which are also cousins, and look like Shirley Temple):
most absolutely, definitely not least, Uncle Patrick:
After all the reunion-ness, my mom and stepdad drove out from Lexington to spend a couple of days with us over the Fourth of July. The first day of their visit was rainy, and the ladies were trapped inside playing Perquackey while the men braved the wet elements for their own mini British Open. They called it Geezers vs. Geeks:
By the way, Perquackey is one of the most awesome games ever. Just sayin’
We did have some goofy fun of our own with DeeDee:
Before the weather improved and we got to have some real water fun:
Looking at these pictures reminds me of how much fun we had, how blessed we are to share some family recreation, and how I should wear mascara the next time I partake in water sports where our camera will be present.
We took a break from the lake to visit some Tennessee family. Grundaddy’s parents, Momma Ann and Daddy John:
And more time with Grandma Pedigo, Uncle Joe and Aunt Marty before heading back to eek out as much water time as we could. I’ve got to brag on my sweet Caroline. She is rockin’ the wakeboard. Check her out:
At the end of the week, we all kind of felt like
Finally, a sweet memory we capture each year on the bench swing.
Hard to believe this is only the first installment of the trip. It was a full vacation unto itself.
We really do treasure all the time we are given with our family, no matter how much car time it takes to get it. They have invested so much in who we have become and in spending time with our little ones and imparting their love and faith legacy to us all.