The schedule was daunting to look at, especially for Saturday. Friday night we had plans to join the Whitman Drama family for that evening's performance of Beauty and the Beast. We rolled into Saturday am with a commitment with our extended Boy Scout family, and then on to a celebration of life for an adult son of a family we met a few years ago. That evening we had an invite to a beer tasting with friends that were close enough to be family, and all the while thought of a family in Cdga who were spending the last night that they would have with their daughter who was finally free of the pain of cancer. Did I mention that all my kids were home this weekend too, and that my siblings and I are entering the last week of a 12 week diet challenge? So, yes, it was all about family this weekend.
All my kids have performed in plays at Marcus Whitman, so yes the Drama club there is like a little family. Last weekend they put on "Beauty and the Beast" and I hear that it was fantastic. I had to hear it, because I
Saturday started out even busier than usual. As I was entering into the last week of a 12 week diet challenge, I made sure I hit the elliptical for an hour first thing and then started doing some things around the house. My college son and one of his roommates were home all week, but we really didn't see a lot of them in the mornings, that's the nature of kids in college. I was grateful for all the time we did get to spend together last week, eating dinners, working out together, and just hanging out
|Some scouts from Pack 44|
I dropped the SPL off and headed back home to pack up for the next event. A family that we had met a
|John Grabski III of Teeth|
|I look like a "Where's Waldo" in this picture|
|My daughter Molly, her boyfriend Jon, and my pretty little wife|
Getting college kids up and out the door by 10 is a challenge, but I have to admit that it was me running late by a few minutes that morning. Once again I worked out a little too long on the elliptical and a shower afterwards was a necessity. I'll freely admit that we skipped church that am and instead chose to go to brunch in Cdga and then walk the lakeshore together. My mind was occupied with thoughts of another family in Cdga who were saying goodbye to their daughter that morning. She lost her 8 year battle with cancer and while it could have defined her life (she was diagnosed prior to her 3rd birthday) she instead was the picture of a happy, loving kid who faced her battle with courage and a smile. I graduated high school with her aunt and that family has shown me how this kind of adversity can be faced with love and support. I never had met her personally, but kept up on her progress on Facebook. I'm glad that she no longer suffers, but I'll admit to hugging my kids a little tighter that afternoon before they got back into their cars and headed back to their lives. The whole weekend seemed to be a reminder of how fragile life can be and a reminder to not waste your family time as it can be fleeting. Before we headed out of town, I visited a sister at her house quickly. She's looking great and is giving me a good run for my money on our diet challenge. It ends next week and I suspect my blog next Tuesday will be titled " I am the Biggest Loser" or "I am (not) the Biggest Loser". We plan to get the group together at brunch that day too, and after this weekend, I'll probably appreciate the gathering with my family just a little more.