friends like family

By on July 18, 2016

Johnny Grykuliak is like a much older brother (2 years anyway) to the Milot girls.  And while we haven’t spent a lot of time together since we were kids, whenever we hang out it’s easy-like family.

This can easily be traced back to a very deep and special friendship between the dads.  Peter and Dad did a lot of their “dad parenting” together and our relationship with Johnny is a direct result of that.  Peter and Johnny came over for most Sunday dinners and all of our birthday dinners.  Everything we knew(and forgot) about farming came from those guys.  Everything Johnny knew(and forgot) about girls came from us.

We got together with Johnny and Kim at their new lake lot on July 8 weekend.  It was after one of those “we should really get together sometime” discussions that usually result in nothing.  Thankfully we promptly sorted out a date and put it in the calendar.

Needless to say, the presence of our dads was felt the entire weekend.  And while we wish they could be there and be a part of it with us, we know they were watching and laughing and telling Johnny to be nicer to the girls.

Johnny is just like one of the bros, and Kim is like one of the sisters.  And all those kids get more cousins.  How lucky for us to be able to have more family to create memories together!

We had so much fun that weekend.  The weather was great, the food was superb and the company the best.  Hoping we can make this trip an annual one.

Thank you Johnny and Kim and Avery and Owen for hosting us!

Also, I made a video-you can watch it here: Johnny’s place

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    July 18, 2016

    Loved the video! You guys know how to have a good time.

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    July 18, 2016

    I couldn’t agree more about everything you wrote – such a special relationship and a perfect weekend to celebrate it! Your video is pure gold – captures our fun in paradise! Great job!!

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    July 18, 2016

    Great post and amazing video!!! So fun to watch and really captures our fun time there!!!!

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    Aunty Sheryl

    July 18, 2016

    Loved the story – so true – and great job on the video – loved the music – put me in a happy place ?

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    July 18, 2016

    Loved this Kerri – great job and the perfect song for the video! But thanks also for your description of the relationship we had with the Grykuliak’s and I agree, Peter and your Dad were with us that entire weekend. And, I’m so grateful you all booked this weekend in very early in the year. Thanks to Johnny and Kim for the wonderful hospitality and to Avery and Owen for being such cute kids! Definitely one of the highlights of my summer!

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    Kim & Johnny

    July 18, 2016

    Fantastic video! We all love it!! Hopefully the weekend was the first of many annual to come! We love spending time with all of you!
    We are very grateful to have wonderful friends/chosen family!!!


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