I left early Thursday morning to fly to Ohio to hear my sister in law Kjirsti sing for her final performance in her Master's Degree program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has an amazing voice. An opera voice. She performed some beautiful music in mostly foreign tongues, and her voice was impressive. She looked beautiful and I felt incredibly humbled to be related to her once again.
This weekend was actually a sister's weekend, with Derek's other sisters Sabina and Brigette flying out as well as Lauren who brought her family with her. Okay, so it was a sister's weekend kind of. We take what we can get when we have small children and limited budgets. I actually wished that my whole family could've come because we had so much fun together.
It was awesome to see Kjirsti and Tom's house. I don't know what year it was built, but the entire neighborhood where they live has unique architecture for every home. It's great to visit a city and see homes designed with brick and rock and plants blooming that can't begin to grow here. This is where I would post a picture of a beautiful blooming azalea if I'd thought to get one. Or a picture of stunning architecture if I'd remembered that either.
We also went to the Cleveland Art Museum which was had a great collection and reminded me of my time in Spain. I love studying art work. I really should do it again. Add it to the ever growing list...
We also went to the West Side Market which reminded me of Spain too. Vendors were hawking their produce and meats and all kinds of delicious and tempting sweets (some items not so tempting also).
We finished off the night with an authentic Puerto Rican meal by Trevor: beans and rice (amazing flavor!), fried plantains, mangoes and papaya milkshakes. It was all so yummy I had to eat more than I should to be polite.
It's opportunities to be around family that remind me how important extended family is. I love my little family that I have with my husband, but there is something so special about extended family. I wish they were closer. I wish we could see each other more often. Thanks for the memories!