Playing in the playhouse mansion--even grown ups can fit inside (as you can see!)
The guys closing out the day
We have just returned from a week long stay with my cousin Missy, her husband Steve, and their little girl Sarah. Missy and I grew up much more like sisters than cousins. She has been my role model for as long as I can remember. I am not sure that she knows just how much I admire, love, and respect her. Her mother (my aunt) Lawrinda is like my second mother. In fact, since my mom passed away, she has wonderfully and faithfully served as my "mom" here on Earth. I can't put into words how much she means to me. They live in NC and I don't get to see them very often, which makes our time together that much more special.
We had such a great trip! They live in Beaufort, NC--very close to the water. We enjoyed going out in the boat, playing in the pool, eating delicious fresh seafood, walking and shopping by the water, grilling out and sipping fine wine on their deck, and visiting the nearby aquarium. We also celebrated Sarah's second birthday a little early with presents and a yummy ice cream cake! Ofcourse, we had to have a grown up night out, so we got a sitter and headed downtown to Clausen's for dinner and then Cru Wine Bar for a night cap. Such fun!
The kids also had a terrific time together! Caroline and Sarah are only weeks apart, and Daniel enjoyed serving as big brother of two! I was not sure how two toddlers would do, but we were so proud of how they shared and played together!!
I hope that Missy, Steve, Sarah, and Aunt Lawrinda will be able to come to Birmingham soon. We miss them!