This past week I vacationed in Alaska with my husband, my parents, my brother, my sister-in-law, my three nieces, and my nephew.
Here’s a photo of the squad.
This trip has been in the works for almost two years! My mom traveled to Alaska two summers ago with a group of her friends, and she had the absolute time of her life. When she came home, she couldn’t stop talking about the adventures she’d had and her desire for all of us to make the same trip.
(Here’s just a glimpse of the beauty we witnessed in AK)
But you and I know vacations are never as glamorous as they appear in the photos we capture, and this trip was no different. Traveling with ten humans is no joke. Some of us are introverts; others are extroverts. Some of us like to sleep in; others like to stay up late. You have shower schedules and people with varying appetites. Not everyone likes mustard on their sandwiches.
We also came to realize that even though we’re blood, we’re not always the best communicators.
Still, this trip was special. Being a long distance Auntie, it really meant a lot to be with my kiddos, to ride with them in the bed of a truck, to play cards with them on a ferry, to cheer them on as they reeled in fish, and to listen to their riddles.
Here they are, from oldest to youngest!
They each have wildly different personalities and from each of these precious young humans I gleaned something special this week.
In no particular order, here are some of the bits of wisdom I collected from these kids.
- Don’t be afraid to somersault when everyone else is walking
- Never give up, even if you continually reel in seaweed
- Share your talents, even among strangers
- Make friends wherever you go
There ya have it. In keeping with my Gratitude Series, this week I’m most thankful for the opportunity to vacation with my family, even if we are a crazy bunch.
What are you most grateful for this week?