The next few days we will be travelling so I am taking a break from my blog and social media in general. This month is my in-laws 65th wedding anniversary. The family has planned a celebration with as many family and friends as can be there. It is a pretty long trip for us, driving with three adult and three children including a one month old infant.
I remember the days of driving long trips with our four children in a car to visit grandparents. Now we are the grandparents and our daughter and her three children will all be driving an even longer distance to visit those same grandparents who are now the great grandparents. I’m sure it will be a trying trip for both the adults and the children. The baby may not have as difficult a time as the other two. Boredom can be a problem with children. We didn’t have electronic devices when we were raising our children. I’m not sure they will actually be of any use during the drive though since I don’t believe they will have internet access. A lot of pit stops to let the adults stretch their legs, get a few minutes of relief from the closed quarters of the van, and let the kids run off a little energy.
I do look forward to the arrival and the time we get to spend there with family. We will get to see the other grandchildren. They live so far away that we won’t be seeing them nearly as often as we do the ones who live close. Five of our eight grandchildren all live in the same town as we do. Three live in the same house actually. I wish I could see the three who live two to four states away (depending on the route taken) a lot more often than I do. Parents who work and never have the opportunity make the trip out to see us and financial constraints that make it impossible to make frequent trips to see them keep us apart. I’m sure the same will be true if and when my only child who doesn’t have children starts a family. They too live three states away.
This trip will be shorter than most trips we make. Usually our trip to visit is around the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday and we stay at least a week. This trip will only be four days there. The kids are missing three days of school, in the past it wasn’t an issue because they were either not in school yet or being home-schooled. With a new baby and a house that is now quite over crowded the decision was made to put the kids in public school this year.
As many of the family as can make it will be at this celebration. The last time there was a celebration was 15 years ago at the 50th anniversary party. The family has grown substantially since then. The grand kids have grown up and gotten married and started families. What was three generations and 19 people is now four generations and 41 people. Unfortunately the four who live in Japan, which includes 2 great grand children, will not be able to attend. We were all hoping they could be there since there are so many great grand children all about the same age. Cousins are wonderful people to know and I suspect that today knowing second cousins well is not that common. We are a close family even is we are scattered across the world and having the next generation be close is desirable.
After the trip is over and we are back home I’m hoping to finish an edit project by the end of the month and get back into reading for review and for my own pleasure. I have a long list of books that I want to read. A few may or may not get a review because there are a few non-fiction books that I am interested in reading and have stored in my Kindle application. I read pretty fast when that is all I am doing so hopefully I’ll be reviewing books again before mid-November. I know that holidays usually slow me down and I am a little behind schedule at this point on my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year. But not that far behind since I was way ahead by the end of summer. I can catch up pretty quickly.
Have a great rest of the week and weekend. I’ll be back later next week for an update on how the anniversary celebration family reunion was. I may even have a picture or two to share.