As the latest snow blows in, and ice pellets hit the window, I am only home 3 days from a lovely break in Texas. 85 degrees and sunshine was such a welcome relief from this Michigan winter. Even though it has not been as difficult a winter as we have had the last few years, we are still very weary of it.
The week spent with family was so important for all of us. With everyone living so far away, we only get together maybe once a year. Though we have Skype and cell phones, Facebook and Blogger, it is not the same as time spent talking face-to-face, and having the ability to hug and touch each other. Re-newing the close bonds of family is MUCH better when you can interact in person.
There were many memories rehashed, and new memories made, while basking in smiles and touches and warmth and sunshine. We really need to do this more often!
First we started in the Austin area, at my daughter's, and explored the city as well as spending time doing activities the grandkids would really like to do.
There were games, and shopping...
...and the kids had to take us to their favorite doughnut place - Voodoo donuts.
And then we spent one day in San Antonio, visiting with my sister, Nancy, brother-in-law, Brian, and nephew, Justin - on St. Patrick's day! Amazing how much more humid it was there! We love the River Walk, and had a lovely lunch and walk around the river.
As always, we found photographic opportunities each place we visited, as well as along the highway and backroads.
Ah...what a lovely break from winter, and the day-to-day routines we find ourselves falling into. The weather was wonderful, the trip safe and renewing. Family - always there for you. Family - always in need of nurturing.
And now back to work, back to winter...but spring is right around the corner. Hurray!!!!!!!!