July 16, 2012

more catching up to do

It seems there is nothing sweeter than a family's laughter. I love the way it can wrap around a day, seeping into the silences, or swirling up through a conversation. Thursday was like that. I cannot really even recall what the laughter was about, just that at every turn of our evening, there was plenty. It caused me to pause and drink them all in, these three that make us four, and imprint the sweet sound on my heart.  I love the sound of it, and the love that propels it.

four... at the angel oak in south carolina
Of course, some of the laughter may have been about anacondas. In another hold-on-to-this-and-cherish-it moment, Cam & I were laying in his room talking... and then it got silly as I told him there was an anaconda in his hair. With every fact he recited as to why that was impossible, I made up something crazy... just because. But I didn't make up these...

Anaconda tracks, right? It has definitely added fun to the week! In the silliness, and in the skeptical looks Laura keeps giving us...

And if you were to pack up all of the laughter from the whole week and transformed it into words, you might have the ten hours worth of conversation that two friends packed into five hours.  That happens when it has been too many years since you have sat across the table from each other! But I could not pass up the chance to visit Kim, and so the kids & I packed some snacks and hit the road, and crashed my friend's vacation in Orlando. Every mile, up and back in one day, was worth seeing Kim and her family! Her beautiful girls were just as I imagined... and Laura & Cam enjoyed splashing in the pool with them. Her husband graciously grilled a delicious lunch as Kim & I talked and talked and talked, one conversation jumping into the middle of the next. Goodbye was bittersweet... knowing that we could've talked for another four days straight! But rumor has it that our marching band is going to be marching in Boston the spring of 2014, so I made my reservation for her couch, and we'll pick up right where we left off, as we always do.

And then, even though we were behind schedule, but because I promised, we stopped at Downtown Disney...

On a day like this, I am reminded of how much I love to spend time with these two, and how much fun it is to have an adventure with them!
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4 comments:

Southern Gal said...

The joy that comes from your words is contagious. To sit with you and talk over chai latte is on my list of things to do one day. You know that, right?

Lovely family photo in front of the Angel Oak.

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are such a great mom...and friend too. You have endless energy when it comes to fueling all those relationships.
xoxo

Loui♥ said...

Dawn~
these are the images and memories...
you'll look back upon many years from now..
while having the same fun times with your GRANDS!
hugs.. Loui♥

Richella said...

The Angel Oak! I LOVE the Angel Oak!! Kiawah Island is our vacation spot more often than any other place, so we've visited that majestic tree many times. What a wonderful photo of your family! I know you're treasuring this summer. :)