Each summer we get about 2-1/2 weeks to drive back East and visit family. It's a two-day ordeal to get there (12 hours of actual driving time each day, not counting bathroom breaks, gas, food), and very stressful, but each year the children are a little better at traveling -- thank goodness!
On this trip, we started out by driving to my parents' house in upstate NY, and helped prepare food for my brother Jonathan's wedding.
My parents' raise Golden Retrievers as a side business, so there was a fresh batch of 2-week-old puppies. So cute!
2 weeks old
I was there to help them eat their second "solid" food meal -- there was a lot of whimpering and walking through the dishes, but a few of them realized it was food.
We had many small adventures together with my parents and siblings, but most of all, it was wonderful to spend time with the family that I almost never get to see.
Grace, Rachel and children
Grace, Joy and I prepared a song for Jonathan's wedding....
OK, for serious, here's what we actually ended up with:
Next up: my brother Jonathan's wedding weekend!