My three daughters live in places with nice weather in the spring and fall (Indiana, Maryland, and Eastern Washington). So that’s when I visit them. But nothing beats our summers here in the Pacific Northwest.
This year all three of them plus one son-in-law, and one grandchild showed up in August.
So what do we do when we all get together?
On this trip, we visited a spray park, a street market, and a rock-climbing place. And we took in the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. But most of the time we stuck to our old favorites: eating, talking, and walking.
I have a picture in my head of family gatherings centered around the kitchen, mom up to her elbows in pie dough and pot roast, sweating, her hair falling in her eyes. Well, that’s not me. I did make a couple of good dinners, and my daughters and I put together some tasty lunches. But we also ate out at some favorite spots, and when my nephew and his family visited, we had Thai takeout.
Breakfasts were mostly self-serve. Even my nine-year-old grandson made his own, which was good because, still being on East Coast time, he wanted to eat before I wanted to get up.
I talk to my daughters on the phone at least once a week. But talking on the phone is not the same as talking face-to-face or talking while we eat or walk. It’s not the same as conversing as a group.
Walking is our old stand-by, one of our favorite things to do. We walk for exercise and pleasure, and we walk to experience beautiful or interesting spots.
Here are a few photos from our walks.
What do you do when your family gets together?