On Monday, I begin a two-week trip that will take me to my daughter's home and then take her, her boys, and me to spend a week in Maryland, where my mother and most of my other relatives live.
This trip almost didn't happen, and then it was only going to be a few days in Maryland, but now, now it's a full week.
I haven't allowed myself to get excited. Until today.
And some of these guys will be meeting their fate when they meet me:
and I'll have some of this:
And I'll see my mother, my seven sisters, two brothers, six nieces and nephews (yes, among all those siblings, they could only manage six kids -- I contributed three to the pool all by myself! [well, I had a little help...]), a great-niece and great-nephew, my ex's mother and some of her relatives...