We especially loved being able to see Uncle Stuart and Aunt Malia, who have lived in Hawaii for their entire marriage (most of my kids' lives) and whom we don't see very often. They came to visit for five days before they move to Fiji for two years for grad school. It was wonderful to get to know them better, strengthen relationships, and create some memories for the nephews and nieces to reference while they are gone.
With family spread so far and wide, I am grateful for modern technology that allows us to connect easily. Blogging, inexpensive phone calls, Facebook, Skype, and Twitter help us keep track of each other across oceans and miles. Virtual reality is not a perfect substitute for face-to-face interactions, but it sure beats the alternative of going two years with only a few letters and photos crossing the ocean.
We will miss you, Stu & Malia, and save away pennies, hoping that the airlines offer some stupendous deals to Fiji next year. Thanks for taking the time to come for a visit. It will not soon be forgotten!
We took an adults-only day trip into San Francisco while Evan and Tamara and Stuart and Malia were in town. So. Much. Fun.
Colin (my nephew) celebrated his first birthday in style with cousins, aunts, uncles, Nana, and outlaw-grandparents.