This weekend, we trekked down to the New River Gorge in West Virginia and rented a cabin in Fayetteville with the husband's cousins and aunt. This was the first true vacation I had taken with his family - we have visited his family, but that's different. To go on vacation is a totally different thing to than to visit somebody, so it was really nice. It's also great to get to go hiking and white-water rafting and hang out in a hot tub and talk about life stuff with such a varied group of people, none of whom I knew very well, if at all.
The funny thing about being married is that I think sometimes we are so busy nurturing and cherishing and protecting our baby families that we forget how much value there is to be had in spending time with our families of origin. We were the only married couple on the trip, since none of the other spouses could make it, and it's always challenging to draw the line between being icky-mushy and "ew, no, he has cooties, don't make me sit near him." We went on a trip with a few other couples back in January, and it was really interesting how some people spent the whole time cuddling and some people spent time doing their own thing.
How do you work the big group vacations?