Wednesday, July 16, 2014

East Coast Vacation in Pictures. Part 3: The Girls Meeting Aunties, Uncle, Cousins and Swings!

As we drove up to Geneva, New York for Joe brother Nick's graduation we had the opportunity to stop off in Endwell for a couple of nights to visit with my brother, Marco, my sister, Michele, and their families. Easton, the newest adorable addition to this family, was born on March 31, 2014, so it was wonderful snuggling with him and seeing the dynamic of the girls being "big girls" (whaaaat?!). Michele, my beautiful twin sister, also lives in the Endwell area. Witnessing her daughters, Melika and Mischa, and their cousins, Cully, Addy, Easton (and of course, Ruby and Vera) interact so joyously with one another filled my heart with sheer giddiness. 

Destiny, Marco's wife, my sister-in-law, and good friend, simply amazes me. On top of running a small business, while visiting she made it a point to go on a few outings (with a six week old!) to open our eyes to the beauty of their part of the world. We went to a local farm where the we could explore, pet animals (not something Cullen was interested in!), run around, and enjoy the toy train- all placed against a backdrop of rolling, luscious, green hills. Just idyllic. Another day we went to a sprawling, local park in the early evening. It was kid heaven. A huge jungle gym, slides, a "general store," fun sand box, and, best of all... SWINGS!

I often pinch myself at how lucky I am to have been blessed with such an amazing family. The laughs, snuggles, hugs, kisses, amazing conversations, and overall wonderful memories made during this quick, but very full visit will be cherished forever.