Some of my family was able to come down this last weekend. Mom, Ken, MawMaw, and PawPaw all paid a visit. It was great! I haven't seen MawMaw and PawPaw for almost two years!
The first thing we did when they walked in was tell them we were having a kiddo. They were so excited for us. It was fun to tell them because we had been waiting so long to let them know.
We spent Saturday morning being lazy because Kari had a client at work. It was nice because I haven't had a day off of work since I can remember. Then Saturday afternoon we all jumped in the car and went to Radnor Lake, the park I have been working at as a Seasonal Ranger for 6 months or so. My family was able to meet my boss Steve there and I showed them around a bit. They met all of our birds of prey and all of our snakes. It was a good (hot) afternoon. That evening we went home and grilled out and stuffed our bellies.
Sunday we woke up early and headed out to the Nashville Zoo by request of my Mom. (She loves the zoo!) And although it was boiling hot outside, it ended up being a nice day. We walked alot, saw a bunch of interesting animals, learned a bunch, ate some zoo (junk) food, and had an all around good time. Ken and I had a great time luring people to bridges and fences and making them think there were hippos or big fish in the water or bear behind the trees. (There was nothing there, but seeing peoples faces looking for something that isn't there is fun! Hey, you have to find some way to stay entertained!)
That night we went out and ate at Demos downtown in Nashville and took everyone to mine and Kari's work. By the end of the evening we were all worn smack out so we went home, had a little of Kari's home-made dessert, and hit the sack.
Monday morn we all went to Cracker Barrell for pancakes and said good bye. It was a short visit, two days, but it was a good visit. No matter how long you are away from family, the people you love are always close to you and when you get back together, it's like you never left. But it was still a sad good bye as it always is. If it was a perfect world we could all live close to our families and visit on a much more regular basis. But because we have responsibilities in a different city and family in multiple states, we have to squeeze all of our life into phone calls and weekend visits. I hope that those that love us realize that just because we live a days drive away, doesn't mean our love is far away. I like to think that the love of a family closes the gap that distance creates.