Saturday, July 16, 2016

Summer! And Large Family Travel--It Works For Us!

Oh my goodness!  I don't know where I got the idea that this summer would be full of relaxing and NOTHING else.  Ha!  I should know myself better!  But it's all been good.  Lots of family and friends.  It doesn't get better than that!

Lan Lan, Vu, Hubby, and I just returned from a trip to visit our son and his family.  This might seem strange, but one of our keys to raising a large family is taking one or two kids at a time on special trips--usually those that involve airline travel.  For us, it works.  I'm not sure why it works so well, because it would seem like there would be jealousy or sadness, but that's rare.  Somehow it just works.  Maybe because each child knows they will get their turn and we try to specialize the trip to something that particular child would really enjoy.

Traveling with just a couple kids makes travel affordable and it gives each child one-on-one time with mom and dad--and each other.  It was fun to see Lan Lan's and Vu's interactions become closer as the days went on--by the end of the trip they were playing wild midnight games of Uno together!

On this trip, we met up with Lan Lan's foster sister from China, and Vu's "baby" from Vietnam.  What a special reunion!  Too much to put into this post--more later.

We went to the Grand Ole Opry, which Vu especially loved!  Actually, the girls went to the giant mall across the street while we did the tour!  Afterwards, we hit downtown Nashville and Jack's BBQ--YUM!  And of course there was cookie baking and just hanging out, we went bowling and ate at yummy places like The Cracker Barrel.

Previously, over the 4th of July, we spent a few days at my parents' cabin.  Always lots of fishing and fun!  Lan Lan had a special friend come along and Mei Mei really connected with a cousin from the East Coast, plus we had a mini family reunion.

And today we had my niece here.  We really know how to show people a good time.  We took her shopping at the Salvation Army!  And then to the bird sanctuary.  Oh, and to Dairy Queen!

Love this time with family and friends!

1 comment:

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

I've come to the same conclusion: Summer is not relaxing! At least not for Mom, lol. Looks like you're having a great time, though. :)