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This year found us with our son and daughter-in-law flying into Redmond from Spokane on Christmas Eve.
So yes - this will make the blog because after all it is about travel!
You can imagine there were some anxious moments wondering if they were going to make it. Spokane had 26" of snow and snowing, while Bend had 12" or so. Flights had been canceled or grounded at every turn for the 2-3 days prior to them flying in.
We were some of the fortunate ones who were able to pick up our family at the airport with only a 3 hour delay.
Our daughter Jen and her husband Steve and our two grandchildren Caleb and Jordan live in Bend so we had the entire family with us for 3 days. Christmas Eve found us sharing Taco Soup with one another. Christmas Day found us sharing stories of life happenings this year and gifts and dinner and playing games on into the evening. How fun!
You don't know what fun is until you play , and one of the descriptions that has to be described is Chewbacca. We were all sitting around anxiously waiting for the description when all of a sudden out of nowhere came this loud but very accurate Chewbacca Cry (Star Wars for those of you who do not know) and everyone guesses the word by the cry because it is so exacting to what it sounded like on the movie. And of course, it had to come from Cory. He is our GREAT sound impressionist. We laughed until our sides hurt. Not only at his clue, but that we all were able to guess it so easily. We had some wonderful times and are so thankful that everyone was able to be here. Seems everyone got that something special for Christmas - especially Jordan - he got what he was hoping for - Guitar Hero - WOW! - As soon as he opened it he was gone into another room and not seeming to mind whether he had another gift to open or not.
But as always the best gift of all at this Christmas time is family and friends close by and sharing in the gift of Christmas itself.
So with this wonderful season coming to a close we at T&M Travel would like to wish everyone a fabulous and Happy New Year!!!!
Wednesday, July 9
"Is this gonna make the blog?" they ask.
Of course it is! After all, it involved traveling...
But in the years since then we've heard tales of summertime. Tales about bugs and bats and jet skis and Gary's margerita's... so when we heard there was a July 4th invitation...we packed the car.
Apparently the Spokane area is a good place to spend the 4th. I've heard from more than one source that the fireworks you can get from the Indian Reservation are unbeatable. My sources were good. Scott gave us a fantastic show. We discovered that some of those really good ones will even explode under water! That was our favorite thing. We ended up putting holes in the rubber raft from the sparks, but didn't kill any fish or start any fires that i know of! The neighbors might have though :-).
If you read our blog, there's some chance you have family and that you like to vacation with them. We do too...obviously. And here are some of our reccomendations for really great families and great vacations.
1. Have a cabin somewhere on the water.
in lieu of the cabin, you could also have really incredible, long-time friends with a great sense of humor whose kids you grew up with and are in many ways closer than your own family because they've just always been there with you...even when you went shopping for your wedding dress...and they could be the ones with the cabin. That was our approach.)
2. Have a jet ski for the water.
be prepared to pull the kids around a lot. Or you could have your older brother do it and he could flip the Jetski with 2 kids out in the middle of the current and float downriver a mile or two before he got it flipped back and then be unable to get it started again so that you have to ask the neighbors to take you out with their boat on a search and rescue mission. That works fine too.)
3. There should also be some brothers and their friends and a little girl to pick flowers and think the bugs are gross.
(or maybe the little girl could talk the boys into swimming out to the island in order to bring back golf ball sized pollywogs in a plastic ziploc so that she could gross out all the moms instead.)
Thank you Mary Kay, Gary, Scott, Niki, Mallory, Bethany, Cory, Dieanna, Ryan, Sam-sam, Daisy! We had a blast!