Magazine article Sunset

Getting Closer. (from the Editor)

Magazine article Sunset

Getting Closer. (from the Editor)

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* Last year I had this crazy idea to take a family vacation to Mexico right before Christmas. We would even take my parents along, because they'd never been to Puerto Vallarta. I figured the timing would be a good incentive to get my holiday shopping done early, and that the vacation would relax us just when we needed it most, before the onslaught of extended family Surprisingly, it worked. And we discovered that being together away from home made us feel closer, making the holiday richer than I expected.

By the fourth day, my daughters had almost talked my dad into parasailing from the beach, my mother and I had navigated the bus route into town for shopping, and my husband had covertly arranged a romantic dinner for us at a clifftop restaurant. Mom and Dad took the kids to a fiesta, and we escaped to a lookout where we watched the sun float gently down into the Pacific. …

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