In early August, Carlos and I put on our brave faces and took the kids to California to visit family for 10 days. Only Jake had flown before (ahem, when he was about 18 months old) so needless to say, it was quite the adventure.
It was completely exhausting and wonderfully touching to introduce our kids to so many people that have such great love for them. We squeezed as much quality visiting in as we possibly could have and spent a lot of quality time together in a tiny little rental car bonding. And despite a handful of the usual sibling rivalry situations and some pain in the ass hotel employees, we had a fantastic trip.