When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
When I returned from my recent trip to California, everyone queried, "What did you do?" In our family, just being together is the best treat ever, and I celebrate my five ordinary days in California. Those ordinary days were extraordinary because Kay and I spent them together!
We did a few things: got mani-pedis, went to church together, watched Call the Midwives and some Hallmark movies, had some shopping outings to the grocery store and Wal-Mart, baked some family favorites and tried out some new recipes, went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and headed out to dinner on my last evening there for Mexican food at Don Jose's (always a requirement when I visit).
The time together went by much too fast. I wish I lived closer to my siblings, but I'm happy when I get to visit each of them. And visiting is the best part of my trip - plenty of time to talk about our memories and bring each other up-to-date on our lives.
Next sibling trip is in June when I'll visit my brother and family to attend my niece's wedding in Oklahoma. After that I'll be headed to DC to meet my new grandson!
Bougainvilleas outside the movie theater
Cinnamon and chocolate roll -
a family tradition for generations
A friend at church took this fun sister pic -
Ramona (that's me) and Kay (the sis in the scarf)!
My sister and I live away from each other, but I love time together with her. Just doing nothing is OK. Sounds like you and your sister have a lot in common, too.ReplyDelete
I hope to spend time with my brother this summer. We are too far away too. So happy you had this wonderful week. Love the pictures.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed the time with your sis! Good times. When sibs get together for us, we usually have fun!ReplyDelete
Glad you had such a sweet time. I have two sisters and we live so far apart that phone calls do most of the time. One in Calif., one in Hawaii, and me in Texas. But we gather every few years. It was often while our Mama was still alive because they came to see her each year and so I got the visit too.ReplyDelete
This is the best! Just being together, sharing ordinary days.ReplyDelete
I too live far from my sister. She's coming to visit next month and I can't wait. Time together is such a gift.ReplyDelete
How wonderful it is that you get to spend time with your siblings. It looks like you had an amazing trip, Ramona. Thank you for sharing those pictures too. You and your sister look a lot alike -- beautiful!ReplyDelete
A time to enjoy and a memory to savor. Glad you had both.ReplyDelete
Ramona, you and sister had a wonderful time just being in the moment. I like that and hope to see my sister one of these months. I love the look of your chocolate loaf. Can you please send me the recipe when you have a chance? Yummy. Does it have nuts?ReplyDelete
Now I need to get a sister week going. What a good, ordinary time. Thank goodness for those. And that treat! Is it a secret recipe? I'm interested! xxReplyDelete