03. July 2010 · Comments Off on On the Road Again

Blog posts have been sparse, I know.  Believe me, I would love to be writing more.  I am just FULL of things to write about but no time or much Internet access.  (I am holed up in my Aunt’s attic office as I write this).  We left Colorado on Friday morning for a whirlwind tour of middle America.  First, a stop in Cleveland for a family reunion on my Dad’s side (where I am now).  Next stop: Cedar Point for fireworks and a day of blood-curdling rides.  Then on to Ann Arbor to stock up on our Michigan gear and hopefully get a peak at the renovated stadium.  Then a week in my hometown and a visit with Grandma Nancy, brother Jeff, Betsy and their three kiddos.  Finally, the trip culminates in Mackinac Island with a stay at the Grand Hotel.  Then one night in Traverse City before heading home.  Whew!

As far as places to spend the Fourth of July go, I really can’t think of a better place than middle America.  This is truly the land of sparklers, the bean bag toss, cold beer and red meat.  I was dreading this family reunion, as horrible as that sounds, because it is the first one without my Dad.  There are times when I am sad, but at the same time, it’s also comforting to be with so many people who also loved him.  This family has always made a point of getting together and staying in touch – through good times and horrible times, for better or for worse.  I’m glad for the chance to model the importance of family to my children.  There has been no small amount of drama through the years, but we persevere.  How?  Well, we love each other for one.  For another, copious amounts of alcohol flow at these gatherings (hey, I’m just being honest!).  Sometimes you did need to numb history a little bit, and that’s okay with me if it keeps everyone together.

ANYWAY, after the detour in Cedar Point and Ann Arbor, I should be able to post more regularly.  I will not be posting Gratitude Sunday tomorrow for lack of Internet access, but it will be back at it’s regularly scheduled time next Sunday.  So until we reunite next week, Happy 4th of July to all the American readers out there!

Categories: Family, Holidays, I Need Wine Pronto!, Summer, Travel · Tags: , , ,

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