Thursday, August 8, 2013

.family vaca.

We are in full-on, old-fashioned family vacation mode in Coronado, California,
where the four Eaton siblings grew up.

My extended family is intergenerational, and I love that:
my mother and her brother were born a decade after their older sisters.

So the oldest cousins were in middle and high school when I was born,
as Allie and I and Chuckie and PJ were when their babies were born,

and now there are 20-somethings and teenagers to toss around the new babies
(ranging in age from 4-11)
just like their parents did with us.

It's the best.

We are eating breakfast and dinner together,
going to the pool, the beach, the zoo,
making s'mores and tickling and catching outdoor concerts in the park our parents grew up going to.

Family is a crazy blessing.

So thankful my sister drove down from LA to join the fun. 

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