We got to see family we don't get to see very often and meet new babies born since we last visited. We got to celebrate babies and anniversaries and birthdays in our short visit. It was fantastic!
Visiting family is important and worth the time and money IMHO. While it would be ideal to just live near everyone, with family from coast to coast, it just isn't possible for us and Texas is right smack in the middle.
And here is part of the kid gang enjoying a trampoline.