I went on a vacation. It was a little one, flying down to Florida to meet up with my brother, his wife, and his little boy. It was a cool trip and I got a chance to see another baby up close. His boy is adorable, but... different. Different ways of being raised, different focuses on growing up, and different milestones. I'm sure there are a few things that I could have done wrong and I might change because of visiting my brother. But, no matter what you do, there is always a bit of friction.
We got to check out a pretty cool zoo and I got to play in the ocean. Apparently, I am "childlike" when it comes to playing with EDM in the ocean. I just know that I spent almost an hour hauling EDM in the water, waiting for him to cry, then watching him laugh as he toddled back into the water.
Needless to say, it was warm down there, even in December. The weather was nice, about 21 C, so it was shorts weather.
My brother lectures, not unlike my father. Some of the topics were obvious and I knew they were coming up. Others... I just quietly just listened since he wasn't wrong.
We started working toward heading up to the family cabin more often. I was already planning on going up for Labor and Memorial days (around WisCon, if I can) but it looks like they might join me at least once a year. And that is very cool.
We got back on Saturday and spent two days relaxing before I got back to work. Overall, it was a fun time and it was nice to see my brother who I haven't seen in over a year and my nephew who I never met before.