To say my kids have missed the Looslis would be an understatement. Rachel and Lucy had a difficult time remembering that Eliza was out of town, repeatedly asking if they could invite her to go places with us. Adam begged (daily) if he could go play at Oliver and Silas's house. And Kaleigh cried for Ashton. (Actually, she still does.)
The day finally came, and the kids were reunited with their friends:
The little kids went for a ride on the sailboat (pulled on the beach by a tractor):
And the big kids did some tubing:
There was also dancing on the dock:
Playing in the sand:
And then there was the part we should have skipped. Or rather, Steve should have skipped.
He could have stopped himself here:
And Steve ended up on the wakeboard. It was his first time since we went with Kyle and MaRea years and years ago. I think I was pregnant with. . . Rachel? (That would have been nine years ago!)
He paid the price later that night. And into the early morning hours. (Steve told me the next day that he almost went to the hospital!) And he was still in serious pain a few days later. Poor guy called me from work and said he couldn't open the door. But at least he showed those boys he could wakeboard!
We enjoyed some great discussions (added to by some other visiting friends, who had recently returned from living in India for 18 months with their young family). I was enlightened, inspired, and I also partly modified some of my plans for international travel with my kids.
In addition, we had the opportunity to meet some of rest of the Eyre family. Let me just say that they are quality people. Every single one of them. Linda is one of the most genuinely kind women you will meet, and Richard was always seen holding a grandchild or engaging in a riveting conversation with his children. (He also told me he walked around the corner and thought he saw Mickey Mouse's shadow. . . but it was just Kaleigh's hair.)
And before there are any more questions- yes, I met Shawni. And she appeared to be completely amazing and completely normal at the same time. I had no idea how much of a celebrity she was until everyone started asking me about her :) I am relieved that my life is not examined as closely as hers is. But good news: I won't ever have to worry about becoming Mother of the Year because I just went inside and warned my kids NOT to follow me because I was going in to get away from them!
We enjoyed great food (Steve brought dinner from Sonora Grill) and the kids played in the water until the sun went down:
So thankful for this friendship between Rachel and Eliza:
And the friendship we have with the whole Loosli family.