Our family adds another traveler!
We have always done a great deal of traveling as a family. It provided learning and memories for us and our kids. And we are thrilled to announce that our family added another traveler. Our son married his longtime sweetie in a beautiful riverside ceremony. They've already done a bit of travelling together, and both have the wanderlust to be worthy of VirtualTourist parentage (see below, re their travels). We'll proudly watch as they begin their journeys together soon. On a selfish note, Bonnie and I really do like my son's new in-laws, and suspect that we might just do a few trips with George and Mary from time to time.
Bonnie and I still travel with our younger child, daughter, Sara, whenever and wherever possible. Among our recent threesome adventures are trips to Atlantic Canada in Sept '09, NYC in April of '10, and - oh yes - to the literal end of the world, a trip to Antarctica in March of 2011. We also went to India back in October '08. (lots of VT pages, please have a look!) Travel plans are always evolving, but it looks like we'll go to Norway this summer. Maybe someday soon we'll have a chance to travel again with our "newlyweds". Sure, they have adult lives and responsibilities and not everyone can be carefree retirees like us....but hopefully we'll get to have an "expanded family" trip someday. We'll be sure to make it somewhere special.
Jeff continues to love life working for the local Florida State University boosters organization. His sweet bride has an excellent and (her) dream career as a neonatal unit nurse. She is also about to return to grad school to become a neonatal nurse practititioner. Even though they lack the amount of time for travel that Bonnie and I have, they still enjoy getting away - they went to Costa Rica back in May of 2010, and then went to Iceland and Scotland (attending a wedding in Scotland) in 2012. They are always - like us - looking for other interesting travel opportunities, and they snow ski from time to time. They're both huge sports fans, so we are not surprised to learn that they chose a visit to Chicago for their honeymoon - including a day game at Wrigley Field. They are both responsible and focused young adults and we are very proud of them both.
Our youngest, daughter Sara, is now 24 years old, and graduated from high school in the spring of 2008. Let's hear it for the LHS "Class of 2008". Sara was named a commended scholar, and we are very very proud of her. Where does the time go? Oh well, make sure that when the time does go by, you've saturated it with loving family memories and adventures. So, continue having family adventures for your kids still at home. Sara's has a job. She works for a local animal hospital - a perfect fit. She gets her face licked everyday at work and couldn't be happier.
I haven't mentioned my parents a lot on my VT site, other than over on my Bermuda page. (We lived there when I was young) Dad passed away on December 19, 2011 after a short illness. We miss him so very much. My Mom is doing as well as can be expected, being 87 and legally blind, due to macular degeneration. Therefore, she seldom goes out to large public functions. Suffice to say we'll take very good care of her, Dad would have expected no less.
Bonnie and I have been married for over 32 years now. We enjoyed a long weekend getaway to the Darbyfield Inn in North Conway, NH to celebrate our 30th. And other than looking a little bit more gray, we are doing great. I couldn't ask for a better life in any way. :)
The attached photo shows our family - all together - celebrating Sara's birthday at a local Carabbas.