So hey, wow, it's been a while! And we've been traveling a bit here and there but I've not posted much, because many of the places are not so new...a return to the lovely Pine Terrace Resort last summer with kids and grandparents, a lovely week of fishing, canoeing, swimming, Nisswa Turtle Races, reading the Stieg Larsson trilogy, and gazing into an evening campfire while listening to loons...always so nice to get up to the lake in Minnesota.
Then, this fall turned into a travel extravaganza for me and for John. The wedding in Maine last September was so fantastic, and the girls feel in love with the Maine coast. October has been a month of tag-team travel for me and John, with kids so into school and activities. For me: Austin, TX (that's a whole nother entry) and a quick overnight in NoVA (that's Northern Virginia if you're not from my neck of the woods). For John: last-minute chance to go see Bob Dylan in NC with a high school friend from NJ...seventh-row center, to boot. Then a weekend in NJ to attend an event in honor of his dad's 40 years of service to an area credit union...then last weekend, Tallahassee. One more trip in his future, and then the BIG ONE...
Grandparents are taking us on a *D*I*S*N*E*Y***C*R*U*I*S*E!!...Before I had kids, something like a Disney Cruise would have sounded like something to run far away from, and quickly. But I have heard so many great things about the way the ships are set up to allow kids-only, adults-only, and family spaces, and if there's one thing you can say about Disney, they certainly do attend to every last detail. So we are surrendering to the Mouse...and it's going to be fabulous.
How are JieJie and MeiMei, you might wonder? 3rd and 2nd grade this year, loving school, still asking "will you take us there someday?" every time they learn of a new destination. And to tell them about the cruise, we got on Skype with grandparents, who were wearing mouse ears to pique their curiosity...when the girls found out about the trip, JieJie had many questions about logistics (as you might predict) and MeiMei just bounced up and down, squealing "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" So there they are in a nutshell...never a dull moment!