And oh was it magical!
My mom flew out here for Tindra's dance recital, and then two days later we hit the road for North Carolina. Yes, we drove from Denver to the coast of NC (and spoiler alert I made the drive back solo.)
We drove 15 hours the first day, which we lost an hour due to time change plus all the stops it was more like 17-18, so yeah that was a loooooong day. But since our first day was so long, we only had 6 hours to our first stop the following day, which was my aunt and uncles in Asheville. We made it in time to go swimming in their pond, which made up for torturing the kids with all that driving.
In Asheville we had so much fun swimming at the pond, catching salamanders with our bare hands (okay just Tindra and Soren did that, over and over and over again) and just being outside in the beautiful green smokey mountains.
After Asheville we headed to Jacksonville where my brother/sis in law/nephew and mom live. We spent the next week having So much fun at the beach. Kids Love being around their cousins, like think its the best thing ever. I hope that never changes!
After we left Jacksonville we made our way to Charlotte where my sister and her family and aunts and uncles live. Again more cousin and family time, the kids were in pure heaven. My aunt and uncle have a pool in their back yard so the kids basically grew gills and became fish. Soren even swam by himself by the end of the trip! I think they spent more time in the water than out of it during the trip, and maybe more time underwater holding their breath. It definitely made for an easy ish (ha, i say that now) 22 hour drive home, because they were all exhausted from 3 weeks of swimming daily.
Not only did my kids get to spend time with cousins (and aunts/uncles/great aunts and uncles, and grammy) but I got to spend time with some of My cousins and their kids, so the kids had an amazing time with their third cousins also! Cant wait to do it again next summer!