Family Time – My Rocks

As I sit here typing this I can barely contain my enthusiasm – today is the official start of my staycation.  4 days of fabulous family time right here in Charleston.  I am very excited to spend time with the ones I love while playing tourist in my own town.

30th b-day
It is no secret that I LOVE spending time with my family.  I have standing dinner dates with my parents every week that I truly enjoy.  The older I get the more grateful I am for this time together, and the more I realize how precious it is.  My parents are my rocks, they are there for me through thick and thin, and I love them so much.  My mom is one of my absolute best friends and even as an adult I still call my father at least once a week with a “daddy fix-it” question – usually about a home repair, some type of car craziness, or how long to grill something. 

I am over the moon happy that my little brother Drake, his wonderful wife Amanda, and my nephew Jackson will be coming into town this week to make our family time even that much more special.  I instantly feel into a deep, crazy love with Jackson the moment he was born.  A type of love I had not experienced before, one that makes me look forward to having my own children someday.  I am ready for pool time (so I can see his new swimming moves), beach trips playing in the sand, coloring at the kitchen table, tossing rocks into the pond out back, and reading bedtime stories.

What I did not expect though, was that one of my favorite parts about having Jackson enter my life would be watching the way that Drake and Amanda are around them.  Getting to watch the two of them grow and develop into these amazing, thoughtful, caring, loving parents has been such a gift.  Seeing how they are Jackson’s rocks, just like my parents are my rocks (always there), really warms my heart.

1I think it is important that we take time to recognize those special people who make such an impact on us, our rocks, and not just on holidays either.  A phone call, email, or card (I am obsessed with snail mail and love sending letters) out of the blue telling someone how much they mean to you can really make a difference not only in their day, but also in yours.  I know this staycation will be full of many simple, wonderful gestures of love and thanks.  I am ready for hugs, laughter, and smiles.  And of course, goodnight kisses from the sweetest 3 year old ever.

Who is your rock?
How do you show them your thanks for all they do?

*This post was influenced by RedEnvelope‘s "Thank Your Rock" Project
(and the fact that my family just arrived in town this morning)!


  1. says

    That is so awesome that you have a standing weekly dinner date with your parents and that you are so close. It took loosing my Mum suddenly just over a year ago for me to start developing a closer relationship with my Dad. We now have a standing weekly dinner date as well, I go over and we make dinner together, watch a movie. Its really nice and its a shame that it took a sudden loss for me to start doing this.

    Your family sounds very special.

    • says

      I am so sorry about the loss of your mother, but glad that you and your dad are now enjoying weekly dinner dates too.

  2. says

    It’s so good to have family close by like that. When we lived in SC my parents were 6 miles away and my brother was 1.5 miles away. Then we moved 4 hours away and took their grandkids/nieces with us (for shame!). Now Kelley’s dad is only a few miles away, and he’s very grateful that we moved to Raleigh. I love it too, and I’m glad he’s here.

  3. says

    I love this! I missed my family so much when I lived across the country from them, and am so glad to have moved back and spent so much time with them. And being able to be around my two nephews as they grow up has been incredible.

  4. says

    Aww this is such a sweet post. My mother is 88 and I just helped her celebrate her birthday Sunday at Fenway Park with two of my siblings, husband and niece. I also love my family time!

  5. says

    Enjoy every single second of your stay cation!! So cool that you are so close to your parents!!
    And, your brother and his family are adorable!!

  6. says

    <3 <3 <3 So sweet! I hope you have the most wonderful time with your beautiful family. Enjoy every second!

  7. jenna says

    I love this post sooooo much, and I couldnt agree more! Family truly is everything!! Im so blessed to have an amazing set of parents who I consider two of my closest friends as well. Im even more blessed bc my boyfriends parents also are incredibly family oriented and have taken me on as a pseudo daughter. Your parents are so lucky to have you, and Jackson is ridiculously blessed to have been given such an amazing gomo. Enjoy every second!!!

    • says

      I am so happy that not only are you close with your family, but that you are so close with your boyfriend’s as well.