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Do you ever sit back and think about the best trips you ever had?

For me, those trips center around family.

A half dozen family members flew to New Orleans last year for Essence Fest. It was the first visit to the Crescent City for some of the family that married into the clan so it will be forever memorable.

This year, we hit Ocean City, Md., for Memorial Day weekend which happened to be my birthday weekend. Lovely planning by my family – well, except maybe for the cooking all weekend part. Thanks daughter for always leading that charge!

So we rented a place facing the beach and spent three glorious days on the experience. Caramel popcorn, sangria, s’mores with my new recipe of white chocolate and peanut butter cups. Yum.

It’s a bit corny but we walked together every day. We even got the guys to compete at Skeeball. Someone had serious “skeels;” others, not so much.


Had great food. We had each other.

We even braved the chilly waters once, but the most important thing is this: We vowed to come back again.

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