Life looks a little different when I’m on vacation and I’m so grateful for all of the happiness I found this past week. Here’s a glimpse back at what my life looks like on vacation:
Monday | Roger William’s Zoo
My friend Laura was visiting from NYC. She and I met up with Kris, Will and Aila to go to the zoo for the day! The giraffes are by far my favorite animals.This one in particular was just stunning. Look at those colors!
Monday | Ice Cream at Hornstra Farms
Monday | Kris took the kids home and Laura and I headed to the movies. We saw Boyhood. It was good, not great. A little long, but that’s what knitting is for.There’s something terribly cliche and fantastic about summer movie watching, curled up in big comfy sweatshirts, digging into buttery popcorn that just makes my heart happy. And sharing that with a good friend makes it all the better!
Wednesday | Dan had the day off too and we enjoyed a lazy morning. Knitting (her). Crossword puzzles (him). Golden Girls reruns (both)! I spent the TV time finishing my grandmother’s shawl (on her actual 80th birthday). Good timing. Dan and I called Gram shortly after to wish her a Happy Birthday in advance of her big party this weekend.
Thursday | Running at the TrackLearned that running at the track is probably not for me. I found it terribly boring. As it happened, a bunch of sports team started practicing right as I hit the 1 mile mark and I was getting in the way so I bailed. Lousy work out. Good learning experience.
Thursday | iPhone replacement.
My camera was broken. Brought it to the Apple Store. He didn’t even check to what was broken, they replaced it with practically no questions asked! Thank you Apple!
They jumped for awhile and ran around giggling their heads off. Priceless. Then Dan bought a card with credits on it to play video games. I think he enjoys playing as much as they do. Though I have to say I did a lot of the heavy lifting, winning 4 stuffed animals in 1 try on the Claw Game!
Thursday | Vintage Toy Fun
At home Will finally got to see Uncle Dan’s boyhood Star Wars collection (which he can appreciate now that he too has seen 2 of the movies). Got in some sorting and a little playing before bed.Aila was only interested in determining who were “good guys” versus “bad guys” and then set about the task of cleaning them because they were “filthy.”
My friend Christine, her husband Seamus and their beautiful twin girls Teaghan & Rhiannon came for a visit!
Friday | Swimming
Christine & Seamus, their twins, and I all stayed at Mom & Dad’s house for the weekend. As it turns out, my brother’s 2 daughters Riley and Millie were sleeping over too! Once Will and Aila went home and the little ones went to bed, Riley made some cookies for Gram’s party the next day. She’s a decorating extraordinare!
Saturday | Gram’s 80th Birthday Party
On Saturday we celebrated my grandmother’s 80th birthday and also my Aunt Milly’s birthday! It was a great celebration. Swimming, great food, beer + pina coladas. Fun for the whole family.
Sunday | Post Party Chaos
My brother’s buck (affectionately called Bucko) lives at my parents’ house now. He was all festive for the party on Saturday…
But this was him come Sunday morning. Guess this means this party was literally off the hook? I don’t know, but I sure had a good time!
Sunday | Pool Day Fun
Sunday was the last day of the visit with our friends. It was the perfect pool day. Finally. Not a cloud in the sky. I swam a whole bunch of times. Will and Aila came back for the day to play with Teaghan and Rhiannon. It was the perfect end to an awesome vacation!