It’s been awhile. I’m feeling ready to stretch my writing muscles again, and trying to remember how to do this. Blogging has changed so much since I first started writing, six(!) years ago. Continue reading
So I really didn’t mean to let this space go, but last week we were on vacation, and this week we’ve been hurled right back into regular life.
First, vacation. We spent a week with Joe’s parents and siblings, the first time in a few years that all of us have been together. We rented a big house in the Minneapolis area and had fun exploring, playing games, and just hanging out. Joe and I introduced his family to Spaceteam (a fun chaotic app game), the girls coaxed his mom into her first-ever pedicure, we took the girls to the zoo for the first time (thanks for the tip, Jenna), hit up the Mall of America, and the kids loved all the extra attention from everyone. Grace was Grandma’s little shadow all week, and I’m pretty sure Sophie thinks that Aunt Marian’s name is Bubbles, because of all the time (and patience!) Marian spent blowing bubbles with the kid.
Dear Old Navy, thanks for the free balloons. You made the day go so much better and gave us a very content toddler. Love, Francine
(full disclosure: most of the photos I stole from family because I was terrible about taking any)
Before I forget, another reason I didn’t blog while we were away was that Joe was putting the finishing touches on his studio’s website, which has been many months in the making. It turned out pretty awesome, so you should really check it out.
And I guess that brings me to this week. Vacation detox hasn’t been as bad as it was after NY, but Joe has been working day and night, since last Sunday, thanks to an annual event that’s really pretty cool but means lots of nighttime hours. Tonight’s his last night (yay!) and I really hope I’m not jinxing it, but thus far, we’ve survived pretty well.
Granted, I’m tired all the time so our bathroom is still grody and there’s been days where we haven’t gotten dressed, but for the moment, the dishes are all! washed! and nobody is crying in protest of bedtime, so I’ll take it. While in Minnesota, Sophie discovered crayons and Grace discovered tearing pages out of the coloring books, so at any given moment the house is littered with coloring book pages and Sophie is asking one of us to draw Elmo faces on the pages she’s not scribbling. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that the new little Picasso has been trying out other mediums:
So there’s that.
Since even my dad was getting concerned over my decided lack of blogging, I thought I’d throw this out there to let you know I’m still alive and kicking. One of the reasons for going quiet in the blogosphere was a week-long trip to visit Joe’s brother and his wife in Florida. While I realize this isn’t typically the time of year to head south, we wanted to get in a trip before Grace turns two (read: we have to actually buy her ticket) and since Joe’s brother is a teacher, we were able to time it for when he got done working for the summer. Joe’s sister made the trip, too, so we had a fun sibling vacation. Also, since the flights weren’t full, we still got to have the extra seat for Grace instead of holding her on our laps the entire time. Praise the Lord.
True to form, I took zero pictures on the trip, but here’s a few that I scavenged from Joe’s phone from our trip: (Warning: photo overload ahead)
|pointing out the rainbow|
|godmother and goddaughter|
|beach babe. only one who didn’t get sunburned.|
|the lump in the water in the middle of the pic? it’s a large gator.|
|Joe and Ben represented the fam and stood up for religious freedom|
|at the pier to watch the sunset|
|Children’s Museum of Naples- probably wrecking the bridge we were building|
|more children’s museum|
|Children’s Museum- where Florida kids go to build a snowman|
|group shot at zee beach|
|“Airplane take a bath?”|
Thanks for a great week, Ben and T! Can’t wait to come back!
Joe, Grace, and roughly 50 of my closest family members assembled at my grandparents’ farm for a huge camping weekend. This is actually the second year we’ve done it, and it was just as fun as last summer. We had a little bit of a different crowd, and it was fun to catch up with some of the family that we don’t get to see very often. Well, it was fun until I lost my voice (darn you, allergies!) and had to whisper the second half of the weekend, which was difficult with the crazy wind we had. The wind did minimize the heat and bugs, so I won’t complain.
|did I mention it was windy?|
Grace was mostly a grouch for me, so I passed her off to other people as much as possible. She mostly didn’t like the kiddie pools for the 14 or so kids under age 7, or the crazy amounts of dogs that people brought, but she did become obsessed with jumping on the trampoline someone brought. (Don’t worry, she was supervised verrrrry closely.) She loved playing with her cousin Naveen, who kindly let her “play” ladder ball with him.
|on a last minute run to pick up some snacks before the weekend. she insisted on holding them all.|
We’re so thankful to have family nearby that we can have fun holidays with, and for Grace to have lots of cute little playmates. We’re also thankful for the wonderful food, good conversations (when I could talk), the fact that there was only one snake incident, only one tent blew away, no mosquitos were out, and that our family are also our friends.