I’m back… it feels like forever since I last wrote.  We just got back from Chicago, it was my dad’s 75th birthday.  We are originally from Illinois, me from the Chicago area and Doug from central Illinois.  I just love going back.  There’s something about family- especially now with having kids.  It’s so important for them to know their relatives.  I grew up with my entire family living within a 30 mile radius (most within 15 miles).  I think we saw my grandparents every weekend.  I love being in California but there is a big part of me that misses Chicago and the family. 

I think Ryder must talk about his cousins at least once a day, and this is not only after we come back from seeing them, it’s all the time.  His cousin Casey is 5 and Zoe is 20 months. 



It’s the best to see them all together.  Kids are great- it’s like no time has gone by, they pick up right where they left off.  The same goes for one of my best friends kids.  Ryder adores them.  As soon as he sees them he’s so stoked and they just run off like they’ve been doing this day in and day out.  I think that’s the same way it is with my best girlfriends. 

It’s always bittersweet when we leave, part of me is ready to get back to my own house, day to day activities, etc. but then part of me doesn’t want to leave the comforts of my parents house and the energy of being around family that envelopes me like an old warm favorite blanket. 

So, cherish that bond that is family and good friends.