Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Family First

I’ve just had to cancel my vacation to RAGBRAI this year. Paul’s Dad has gotten very ill, and I’m needed here at home. We’ve been very lucky to have both of our parents’ live long lives. They’ve been able to watch and enjoy our children growing up, and our kids have been lucky to get to know their grandparents and their family history. Even though our families seem to be all over the map, we’ve still managed to stay pretty close, and the times we’ve all gotten together has always been fun. Family just has to come first.
Paul’s family

Dawn's Family

The bike training has me pretty fit, and I’ve really enjoyed the training my friend David and I have done as we prepared for RAGBRAI. There’s always next year, and/or possibly another bike trip.  And we have some nice kayaking trips coming up soon with our kayaking club.

I’ll now plan to use some of my unused vacation days with Paul out at the coast for some rest and relaxation on our sailboat later this summer when things calm down a bit.

4 comments:

Michael said...

Excellent choice!

Captn O Dark 30 and Super Boo said...

Beautiful family!

Jim (Sundance) said...

Your priorities are in the right place. We're ging through the same thing with Vicky's parents now.

Jim said...

It was a shame you missed it, but you made the only decision you could. I had never heard of RAGBRAI until your post, and then saw a video (A Million Spokes) on TV about the event. I think it was on the 2007 event. It really looks like a blast. The good news, with some of the 80-somethings doing the event, is you still have almost thirty years to get there. Best wishes to you and your family. jim