It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my sister. She kindly made the trip down from Pittsburgh for my birthday and that seems like a very long time ago now. It’s been ages since I’ve seen my brother-in-law, Dustin, who was in Africa on a military assignment for close to two years and returned to the US in July. We were finally able to get something on the calendar for this past weekend so that we could catch up with these two. It was fun and too short (at least for me), but I’m glad we were able to get together.
With obligations and schedules, we decided it would be easiest to meet up for a dinner. Sean and I decided to stay at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, which is about a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, and Maggie and Dustin made the trip for dinner with us on Saturday night. It was a nice getaway. I was a little disappointed that Nemacolin was already decorated for Christmas, but I tried not to get too caught up on their by-passing of Thanksgiving and instead get excited for lights and trees and red and green.
Dinner was great and Dustin told us entertaining stories about his time in Africa. Dustin and Maggie have been together since their sophomore year of high school and have been together for about 12 years! I have seen Dustin grow up and I got all sentimental about how proud I was of him. Sean actually said, “Oh, here’s Mama Sarah” because I guess I get proud and reflective a lot. But I couldn’t help it! He’s such an adult now! (Poor guy, I mean the man is 28 so he’s probably like, yeah Sarah, I’ve been an adult a long time now.)
Nemacolin recently built a casino, which is where we ended up after dinner. Sean taught Maggie and Dustin to play craps, which Maggie really liked. She turned out to be a really lucky roller! I think her roll included hitting three points and for the longest time she only rolled sevens when the point was off! (Hopefully I’ve described that correctly, but basically she was really lucky.)
Then they left and I cried in the middle of the casino, which made me feel a little silly. I just miss them and our families in general. Family is just so important. I’m really glad that with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up we’ll get to see almost everyone from both sides.