Life Looks Like: Week 34

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

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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.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioThis one in particular was just stunning. Look at those colors!

Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioAila is just like her Auntie Jen in her love for giraffes! She willingly did about a zillion poses in front of them.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioThe kids got to go inside the goat enclosure to see them and brush them.

Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioThere were lots of great interactive things for the kids. Including “milking” these wooden cows.

Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioThe colors on the animals always leaves me in awe.

Monday | Ice Cream at Hornstra Farms

Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioAfter the zoo it was time for homemade, local ice cream. We tried to go to Hornstra Farms’ new ice cream stand in June but their summer hours hadn’t started and they were closed.

The ice cream was delicious! Worth the wait.Life Looks Like: Week 34Episode 51 | Down Cellar Studio PodcastThe farm is beautiful. Had to capture this light:

Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioLife Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioWill’s smile with his one “grown-up” tooth just slays me!

Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioLaura and I enjoyed the ice cream just as much as the kids!!

Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioAfter we ate, we walked around to see the cows and take in the whole farm experience.

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.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioThere’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!

Tuesday | RunningLife Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar Studio After all the ice cream it was time to burn a few calories on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday | Laura & I spent the morning being a bit lazy, then did some shopping before she had to leave. I got a cute new dress at TJ Maxx.Life Looks Like: Week 34

Tuesday | Dan and I had date night after Laura headed back to NYC.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioIt was a perfect night to eat outside on the deck overlooking the ocean.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioLove this guy!

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.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar Studio Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar Studio IMG_4092

Thursday | Running at the TrackLife Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioLearned 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!

Thursday | We picked up our niece Aila and our nephew Will around 4p for a sleepover. I knit in the car while Uncle Dan drove…Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar Studio…on the way to a surprise adventure to Pump & Jump for some play time!

IMG_4252 IMG_4316 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! IMG_4297

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Thursday | DinnerLife Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioDinner with kids= color books + tic tac toe competitions. Because they were so good, we let them bring their newly won stuffed animals in with us to play before dinner.

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.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioAila 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.”

Friday| PlaytimeLife Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioAfter grocery shopping and breakfast, Aila and Will did some coloring while I cleaned up the kitchen and got ready for our friends to arrive for the weekend.Life Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar Studio

Friday | ChoresLife Looks LIke Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioThen it was the kids’ turn to do some work. They don’t particularly like it, but they’re perfectly capable of helping out with the composting. It’s fun to watch them dump it and run!

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My friend Christine, her husband Seamus and their beautiful twin girls Teaghan & Rhiannon came for a visit!

Friday | Swimming

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Friday | PlayingLife Looks Like: Week 34Will is 7. Riley is 6. They spent a good hour playing music for each other. They remind me of teenagers already. Scary!

Life Looks Like: Week 34The little ones played in the “sandbox” (my Dad’s horseshoe pits)

Friday | Nighttime cookie makingLife Looks Like: Week 34

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 | Baby ShowerLife Looks Like: Week 34Saturday morning I snuck away from my friends and family to go to my good friend Erika’s baby shower. It was great to see friends and celebrate this soon-to-be-baby boy!

Life Looks Like: Week 34Erika loved the blanket I knit for her baby boy. It was a lovely party!

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.

Life Looks Like: Week 34Kids + Cake + Smiles + Snuggles!

IMG_4490Quality time with my cousins!

Life Looks Week Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioGotta have presents! Gram LOVED her shawl!

Life Looks Like: Week 34And of course there’s the CAKE!

Sunday | Post Party Chaos

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My brother’s buck (affectionately called Bucko) lives at my parents’ house now. He was all festive for the party on Saturday…

Life Looks Week Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioBut 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

Life Looks Week Week 34 | Down Cellar StudioSunday 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!

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