"...see you soon." That, from the mouth of our 23-month-old daughter as she looked out the airport window last week, made us simultaneously happy and sad. The only family we have in Nashville are the three of us that were sitting together at that gate waiting to fly home.
We have wonderful friends in Nashville, many of which are essentially family to us, but no one that we've known all our lives. It's difficult at times, logistically and emotionally, to be so far away from the hometowns we grew up in and the family members we grew up with. Most of our vacations are to Austin and Tampa where we go to visit family as often as possible (which is certainly not often enough). It's always comforting, peaceful and happy time spent in either of those two places. Always.
Hearing our daughter express her love for the time we spent with family is something I'll never forget. She was genuine and sincere. Earlier, in the airport, we had to work through the fact that we were going back to Nashville where we wouldn't be seeing her grandparents, great grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. She appeared to understand what that meant. And seriously, is that not the cutest sad face you've every seen?
Fortunately, we were able to let her know that the grandparents would be coming to Nashville for her birthday celebration. On top of that, she was correct that we would be back soon. My sister's fiance (who we love) asked her to marry him this past Friday. She said yes, and they're planning a quick wedding. We'll be back in May and will be bringing a flower girl along with us.
Hopefully, we'll be able to make it down to Tampa shortly after that. Any time we can fill with immediate and extended family is time we know will be rich in love, education and joy. We have each other, which is definitely enough, but it's exponentially beautiful and fulfilling to be surrounded by family. This is especially true with regards to our families; they're amazing. So, I'll say it, too, "Love you, Texas! Love you, Florida! See you soon!"
Here are some more pictures from our fun-filled, albeit way-too-short vacation to Austin. What are you favorite types of family vacations?
Here are the rest of our Texas vacation posts:
Oh, and by the way, this is our 100th post!