Wednesday, July 24, 2019


"Your room is ready," my darling niece texted. We're going on a little trip to Dallas, my husband, our two children, and me, to visit my newlywed niece and her husband. My daughter is tickled that the four of us are going on vacation together. "Do adult children really go on vacation with their parents?" she laughed. "Apparently," I replied. "Well, I can't wait," she said. Even better, my son made all the flight and car rental reservations, because I was underwater with work. And two weeks ago, my daughter took charge of booking rooms for us all on a family reunion cruise in the works for next summer. I'm so impressed that we are now in this place where my very competent children can take care of arrangements for the family. In years past, the designated travel agent would have been me. So what if my son booked our flights to Dallas way earlier than I would have chosen (we'll be heading to the airport in the middle of the night) and out of an airport I try to avoid because it's always under construction. My husband just shrugged, and I got his meaning. Our son took the initiative. Roll with it.

The photo up top is of my family, shortly after arriving in Dallas from our before daybreak flight. It was 9 AM and my niece and I were the only ones awake. I kind of love the photo.


  1. Sounds like you'll have a wonderful time. Safe travels.

  2. Okay, this is the BEST!!!!
    Hurray for vacations with your grown children ESPECIALLY when they make the arrangements.
    Great parents = Great children!

  3. Yes, yes, we can't have it all . . . as anybody knows who has a spouse whose ideas of how to clean something differ enormously from our own knows . . . lol Take what yer given and be thankful :)

    Seriously, how wonderful is that, that your travel arrangemenst are made and your room is waiting and you have congenial travelling companions who just happen to be your closest relatives?? Very, very wonderful. Have a great time!

  4. Have a great trip. One hopes that leaving very early will cut down on the crowds at the airport.

  5. my two grown children sans spouses and grandchildren came out to take my husband and me to dinner on my birthday. it was the first time in decades that our little core family spent time together and it was wonderful. I think you'll have a great time. and how nice that you didn't have to make the arrangements. Dallas, so close but still so far.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful loving journey ahead. Enjoy every moment.

  7. Absolutely -- what a relief to not have to do it all yourself! Roll with it! I hope you have a wonderful time.

  8. Have a wonderful time and I am very glad that your not having to deal with the stress of all the arrangements. This is a gift to you and I am extremely happy that you are going to get away.

    I wish I could go to Dallas and meet you. I am in Austin Texas which is about 4 hours south as the crow flies (Traffic) LOL... Traffic is a beast but sometimes we get lucky traveling north and the trip is faster.
    My sister lives in Mesquite so we make the trip about once or twice a year. Mostly we just meet half way at my sisters home. I hope that you enjoy Dallas and oh the cruise sounds lovely.

    My daughter surprised me with a small trip that we will take August 12th and 13. I wrote about it on my blog today.
    Beth's Patio Chit Chat

    It is wonderful that our grown children do things for us. From the small things to the big things, I will be thankful.
    Have a great day... Beth Reed