Before we left, I made up my mind to run/walk a half-marathon in late January, to benefit The Leukemia Lymphoma Society. I am NOT an athletic person, however, I am REALLY looking forward to meeting this physical challenge. The response from my family and friends has been overwhelming, and when I envision the moment that I cross that finish line and see my husband and sons, I get a huge lump in my throat.
The last leg of our trip was to spend time in the North Carolina mountains with my brother in law and his wife. I loved how enthusiastic they were to try new things with the boys, how they made sure that we did things that the boys would enjoy, but most of all, how they interact with my guys. They were attentive, inquiring, loving. Witnessing that, I am convinced that they will be wonderful parents some day, if we haven't completely swayed them from EVER procreating!
Last weekend, we had the opportunity to see my favorite cousin from New Jersey. He and his wife also have three boys, aged 13, 11 and almost 6. My sister, her husband and my nieces joined us. You would think that it would have been exhausting to have that many children, but honestly, those eight kids had the best time ever on the sandy beach...and their parents relished every moment we got to share together, catching up and marveling at our children. Plus, 15 month baby thighs covered in sand, closely resembling chicken fried steak? More !!! than you can shake a stick at!
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