We took a family vacation to Kansas over the holidays to visit my daughter, Alicia and my son-in-law, Scott. They bought a house about 2 months ago and wanted to spend their first Christmas there. Who could blame them?
So my husband, Shawn, daughter, Sammi, my mother, Natalie and I decided to be with them for Christmas Eve, Christmas and a few days after. Not only was this a family visit, but a Christmas gift for all of us. We didn’t spend much on presents since being together was more important than things. Alicia and Scott were worried that they still had work to do in their house and that it was too cold to do many things outdoors, but we reassured them none of that mattered. We’d sleep on the floor if we had to and we’d be happy just sitting around talking!
They surprised us by having an Italian Christmas Eve Dinner. It was special to be able to sit together and have a meal that is a tradition in my family.Ã‚ We stayed up talking that night even though we were exhausted from our long day of travel. There’s nothing like laughing and going over stories, even if you’ve heard them hundreds of times.
The next morning we awoke to cookies baked by Alicia and Sammi the night before. Sammi didn’t run to see the presents that were under the tree. Yes, she’s growing up! We waited for Scott’s father, sister and brothers to arrive before we opened presents. There wasn ‘t much for us including Sammi, but there was a lot of love and gratitude.
The rest of the week, we spent with Alicia and Scott’s friends and Scott’s family. We had a potluck/White Elephant party, a massage for Sammi and my mom (their first) and me and Alicia (given to us all by Alicia), an Anniversary Dinner (for Shawn and me – our 14th) at Kobe Steak House, a short ice-skating trip, a sight-seeing drive of Wichita and lots of time playing board games, video games, reminiscing and planning more trips to see each other again.
As much as I miss being near to Alicia and Scott, I know that they’re happy where they live. They have plans for the future. Their family and friends are supportive and a lot of fun. Knowing that we will be seeing them again this summer or maybe before that for another family visit makes it a bit better. Kansas may be far, but our love keeps us close.