At long last, a post from our trip. Although I had high hopes for a daily post, things get a little big crazy and time got away from me.
In case you are reading this and don't know us, let me give you a little background.
This group of families came together from our men. They met in college, over several different years and graduating classes, yet bonded in an amazingly strong way. They may have left school from time to time for one reason or another, may have overlapped in different ways, but were in the same fraternity and that brought them all together. Friendships were formed......and kept. I think this is unique among men.....not so much with women.
Over the years, and one by one, they introduced their "women" to the group. Would that make or break them? Would the women get along?
Well, the answer is yes. Some of us are celebrating our 16th anniversary this year, with others not far behind. We are godparents to each others children, and we care for each other's kids as if they are our own. I feel a great comfort in knowing that these friends would be there for me whenever I needed them. I have no doubt.
For years and years we have planned our summers together, forgone other vacations to be together and it is an amazing thing to me. Our children have an unbelievable bond. From the minute they see each other, it is like not a moment has passed. That bond is there, between us all, and both Dan and I hope it always will be.
It makes me happy and sad at the same time. So incredibly happy that they have these friends that they call their "cousins", and so so sad to have to take them away from them. I am sad myself that we don't live closer.
So to the Papa, LaRocca, Skala and Hennig families - we love you and will miss you.....
We'll see you next year.
The people who make it happen........
Kids, don't forget that. Value your friends. Your parents are amazing and gave you this time. It is no small feat to get five families together, and we do it not only for us, but for you.
Part of the clan being fed......a long task. But we laugh.
Just the boys......