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A Week in Charleston

Three years ago my family spent a week together in Charleston, SC, which I wrote about here, and recorded much more fondly than I remember it now. I suppose that’s hindsight, right? Family around with infants is better than normal life with infants? All I remember now is spending the whole week nursing and pumping, oof. Last week we all returned to the same big house on the beach and it was like, 1,000 times more fun. Infants at the beach stink…3.5 year olds at the beach on the other hand are so much fun. Lucie and Teddy were way more brave about going in the ocean than I expected, and had the best time ever with all the cousins around. It was near impossible to get them out of the pool and out of the sand castle pit, Lucie totally owns the water wings and Teddy was all about the inner tubes. We built sand castles, jumped over waves, hunted rainbows and crabs after dark, lived in swim suits, and painted seashells. I was even prepared to “go with the flow” with regards to naps – which if you are familiar with my parenting style, naps are daily and mandatory – but they played so hard in the sun and water that by 2 every day they were totally cashed. So we all got toddler free time in the afternoons and evenings, heaven! Some of us adults even took off off an evening for date nights, Will and I joined my sister and her boyfriend at Cypress for a fanatic meal. The oysters! The tuna! The charcuterie! We got this raw oyster sashimi appetizer which very well might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. And the bartender made me a killer cocktail off the cuff without any specifics except “vodka and refreshing.” 

The only downer about the whole week was travel time. I didn’t quite realize how easy it is to get to any place from Chicago. Denver is another story. It’s the first time we’ve had to deal with connecting flights and a two hour time change to the east coast which made for 14hr travel days, yikes. The kids managed pretty well but true to form didn’t sleep much (Teddy not at all), and so were nooooot ideally behaved the following day. I would totally do it again, I only wish we had an extra week because 6 days isn’t enough time! 

Becca probably has 900 pictures on her proper camera but I managed to snap a few on my phone too. I’m happy to share them and one amazing video with you now!

My view from the airplane seat…Lucie crashed for an amazing 2 hrs during a delay on the tarmac.   
   

    

  

    
    
 

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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.