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The Craziest June Ever

Since I’ve checked in here a whole LOT has been going on. June was only the craziest month ever. I’ll throw out a bunch of photos for you, but first a long recap. The month started with a visit  from my dear friend Laura from Finland. We met in Ialy the summer after I finished college and worked at a discotheque with a bunch (like 15-20) of other internationals. We all lived together in a Real World-style house. Laura and I spent a month living every day together and have stayed close friends. We’re excellent pen-pals and have  visited 3xs now since Italy 12 years ago, though now she’s come to the United States twice now and I really owe her a visit to Finland!! The first time she visited I dragged her from Chicago to Pittsburgh and back, and this time from Chicago to Connecticut and finally New York City. She’s gotten a very “locals” tour of our country so far, and I hope to show her around the Rockies someday too!

So Laura visited, we attended so many “lasts”…brunches with friends, softball games, walk in the nature preserve, zoo festival, a wonderful going away party where I forgot my phone and have exactly zero pictures! And OH YEAH the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup (fun fact, the last time Laura visited in 2009 was the last time the Pens played form and won the Cup. I’m lobbying for Mario Lemiuex to sponsor her trip to see us every year in June as she is obviously the lucky charm). Anyways…. We have such wonderful friends in Chicago and I miss them so much already! In Connecticut, Samantha and Bryan were lovely hosts and generous enough to have our whole extended gang to their lake house where we got to know our newest addition to the Cross family, their new baby Adele who is just the most perfect squish EVER, and Lucie was reunited with her very best friend Ellie. I got to have a little tourist day with friends in NYC, then home to Chicago for whirlwind packing and final goodbyes to dear friends and family. 

Then the frenzy began. Will flew out, started work, my mom flew in and helped me deal with the movers and all our various trucks, and Grandma Patti and Grandpa  Jeff were so wonderful as to manage the kitty and kids for the actual move out. Next, a last night with friends in the city, a last lunch with different friends, and finally a kitty pickup/last Mama Patti hugs on our way out. Then a two day road trip with me, BB, two 3 year olds, and a 10mth old cat. Whew. We spent two days recovering at BB’s house in the mountains then back down to Denver for move in day. That’s the month kids. I’ve been working really hard at getting our little house operational, and while it’s still a work in progress it’s feeling pretty comfortable. I’ll be sure to post some pictures once it’s presentable. For now here’s a bunch of photos from the last couple weeks.

  

Montrose Beach Day
  
Reading with Auntie Warw-rwa
  
Will’s Retirememt Game
  
  
Strawberry picking in CT, we picked 10lbs!
  
Adele, 3 months of perfection
 
strawberry rhubarb pie ala Annie
    
    
taking the Staten Island Ferry on our NYC Day Off
    
With all the Chicago cousins amd Grandma and Grandpa
  

 

road-trippin with all the kids
  

One last thought about traveling because the kids were so awesome in the car. Kitty basically did exactly what you see above, and the human children were assisted by movies on the iPad, coloring books, storybooks, songs, felt boards, kinda into audiobooks, snacks, and barely a nap. Our only snafu occurred about 30 minutes from my moms house when Lucie had an emergency bathroom request going up Kenosha Pass and about 10 minutes later had an emergency barfing episode. Yikes. Not so awesome. So maybe some extra baby wipes or something woulda been handy. Notes for next time.

Mama-hood · Milo The Cat · Toddler Twins · Twins

It’s January

Hey people, I realized it’s been awhile now since I checked in here. Now it’s the middle of January already, yikes! So a whirlwind catchup for you all…our holidays were lovely, lots of family time, baking, yummy dinners, and Chanukah and Christmas fun. We had friends visit from Boston and an Auntie from Philadelphia. Santa came in his sleigh bringing some delightful new play things for the kids and a 4 day fever for Lucie June followed successively a week later by the Bear and then me too. Will brought home a swell case of conjunctivitis from northern Wisconsin which of course I contracted just as I perked up from cold part one. I suppose that is how the cookie crumbles sometimes, the Mama always falling last and the hardest. Blerg.  This is mine and Teddy’s “we’re sick faces.”

 Anyhow, everyone is feeling better now and we managed to make it to story time at the library and met friends at the nature museum this past week. The kids were pumped about being OUT at the museum and didn’t even whine about the -10 degree windchill whipping along the lakefront. Brrrrrr. So here’s a look at things via snapshots from the last few weeks… 

my baking assistants only show up to like the spoons
  
hot cocoa on the train from the Christmas market downtown
  
Christmas Eve
  
tasting fresh snow
  
soothing sore throats, click for the recipe
  
Santa’s Play Kitchen
  
watching firetrucks with Milo
 
Milo has had no problem adjusting to life with us, he is staking out his napping spots (in our cozy bathroom on the stacks of towels) and his favorite toys (rattling catnip mice…which he fetches like a Labrador for lengthy periods of play).Ill leave you with a kitty picture, because, kitty. Cheers!