I went on a holiday Wednesday and Thursday upon the kind invitation of some people close to our family.

All four kids were with me. It was a big deal because it was our first family vacation in four years.

It was even a bigger deal because for I discovered this is what a vacation should be: Organized and democratic. There was also much laughter -- and nothing feels better than to laugh together with your own children even though it is over some silly joke or anecdote.

Bea flooded Facebook with pictures. I guess we would always want to look at them, remember, and smile.