I was talking to my co-worker bffs (Seattle, Baltimore, Boston gals) about a last-minute planned trip my in-laws were planning, and that they were coming down for a week and we were all excited about it. Then I said "You know, I hit the 'In-law Lottery' twice. I am blessed." It's true. No matter what I say (or don't) about Jacob's dad, I can say my in-laws were amazing people, God rest their souls.
My in-laws now are good people. I am blessed to have them in my life. WE are blessed, Jacob and I. Jacob came into this family at the same time I did. They took us, kit and caboodle. When Jacob graduated, my in-laws drove down from the Tennessee/Georgia border, along with my single brother in-law, my other brother-in-law, his wife and two babies. They are not even related by blood but they drove down 9+ hours to watch him graduate. The love I feel for them over it is so huge, it hurts my chest sometimes. When I mentioned this to my sister-in-law (married to David's brother) who came down with her 2 babies, she said "Well of course. He's part of the family. He's ours."
OK. Enough mushy stuff.
David's parents came down to spend a week. I had to work but my boss graciously let me take two days off during the week to be with them. The days where I had to work, my in-laws kept themselves very busy visiting relatives in cities a couple of hours away, visiting old friends for lunch an hour away, going to Bok Tower Gardens, and doing other fun things. On the days I was home, my mother-in-law and I baked for a Women's retreat I volunteered baked goods for, and then we all 4 went to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge while the kids were at school.
My mother-in-law is an avid "birder." I have no idea what you call a bird watcher fan. I think Birder is right. Anyway, we're in the Visitor's Center. My m-i-l mentions that she wished she could see a Painted Bunting, the ever-elusive bird she has never been able to see. I kid you not, two minutes later, David and his dad run in, saying "Mom! There are Painted Buntings outside!"
The excitement was palpable; it was great. And me with just my point & click camera! I'd left the fancy Nikon at home! My in-laws and several different visitors to the Refuge took turns taking pictures. How awesome for them to get to finally see one here!
We took a scenic drive, saw some alligators and had a quick lunch before heading back home for a birthday dinner for our 9-year old. They left Saturday for home.