I’m sure I’ve forgotten bits and pieces but here’s what I can recall about life this last month. (I blame Tumblr because I had some of this written but they lost the draft when they had that massive screw up a few weeks ago and I just can’t wait any longer for them to try and resolve the issue).
After our last camping trip time has flown. The weekdays were full of work and a few fun things with friends. Four weekends ago (oi am I soo behind), Friday we had a wonderful dinner with friends. On Saturday I went to an outdoor yoga class with Marissa at Alexandria Nicole Winery. It was a wonderful way to start the weekend. After yoga, I went to a bridal shower and celebrated a friend’s upcoming wedding that I’d unfortunately be missing.
The following day we went blueberry picking as a family with a few other friends. We were a bit nervous that we’d have a bunch of berries that Vivian wouldn’t be able to eat - but still want to eat - because of a previous negative reaction (hives). Luckily she had a few and she did not get any sort of rash as she had before. Thank goodness too since we had a large haul that Tyler and I wouldn’t be able to eat just us. Turns out we have a little blueberry lover and Viv gobbled the sweet berries up one by one until we were completely out only a few days later! After blueberry picking, we met up with Tony, Jess and Ethan for playtime at the park and dinner out.
Mid-week we headed off to Michigan for our annual summer trip. It was wonderful to be back in the mitten visiting family and friends. That Friday I left Tyler and Vivian behind with my mom so I could go get a manicure and pedicure with my oldest friend, Erica, who was getting married the next day! I enjoyed the spa treatment and had lunch with Erica and her bridal party before heading home to hang out before another fun appointment getting my hair cut by Jill. Finally to end the day my parents and grandparents came over to visit, have dinner and see Vivian.
M.E. and Pops with their girl
At the wedding
Saturday (three weekends ago), Erica got married at her parent’s house on the lake. We brought Vivian to the ceremony and she was happily passed around while keeping quiet. I did a reading for Erica and Dave and then before we knew it, the ceremony was over. We went to a neighbor’s house before the reception for a drink and then we boated back across the lake to my parent’s house to drop off Vivian with my grandparents who were watching her for the remainder of the evening while we were at the reception. I got grandma set up with a bottle to feed Vivi and put her down to bed then we headed off to the party. It was a fun night.
Ready to go to the wedding!
With the blushing bride and groom
Vivi and Leigh playing in the lake
Sunday Leigh came into town to hang out on the lake as did Tyler’s brother and sister-in-law. We all enjoyed the water and boat rides and a few other visitors stopped by to swim too! Ashley, her little guy Jack and Amanda came to swim and later that evening Jesse stopped by too.
Me, Sarah, Vivian, Leigh, Amanda, Jack, Ashley, Tyler and Nick
Me and my girl splashing in the lake
Daddy’s lake girl
Rusty but not too shabby skiing!
Scott, Vaughn, Kate, Me and Tyler
(Viv was napping)
There’s a baby in there?
We can’t wait to meet him!
Monday was more lake fun with Leigh. I even got the chance to water ski which I hadn’t done in many, many years. I surprised myself and got up first try! After lunch our friends from Seattle - Kate, Scott and Vaughn - came out to the lake for some fun in the sun too!
Tuesday Tyler and I ran some errands in the morning then we spent the evening with friends to celebrate Jesse and Adam’s baby boy coming in October since I was going to be missing their baby shower. We took the gang out to eat and we just hung out catching up at their house afterwards.
The expanding Four Towns gang - Tyler, Me, Alex, Amanda, Jesse +1, Vivian and Adam
Four generations of lovely ladies!
Busha and Vivian
Lunch with Busha
Wednesday Tyler, Vivian and I went to have lunch with my Nana. It was our first time having lunch at “the old folks home” and it was quite nice. We brought a high chair for Viv and Nana enjoyed sharing her lunch with her. After lunch, we walked Nana to her apartment and stayed for a little bit watching Vivian crawl around and pull herself up on the table and chairs. We then headed over to my grandparents for an extra visit before driving over to the west side of the state to visit his parents and friends. At my grandparent’s house we relaxed and had a snack while watching Viv explore the ground. It’s funny to think that last time she was there I was trying to show off her new rolling skills.
After the 2.5 hour drive, we arrived in the evening and had a nice dinner with Steve while Suzi was at a late work meeting. Vivian managed to stay up to say “hi” and “goodnight” to her Nana (not to be confused with my Nana who is Viv’s Busha).
GG, Gramps and Viv being goofy
Gramps, GG, Me, Tyler and Vivian
Miss Shirley teaching Viv to play piano
Miss Shirley and Vivian
Miss Shirley, Me, Tyler and Vivian
Thursday we went to have lunch with Miss Shirley. It was a wonderful visit and Vivian was in great spirits! She loved playing with Miss Shirley and crawling around her house. Friday we lounged around all day with Suzi and Steve until Kyle and Lauren came over to hang out.
Grandpa, Nana and Viv
Someone loved the water table at Nana
and Grandpa’s house!
She had to play in it as much as possible!
Nana with my little flower child
Catching a beautiful sunset
over Lake Michigan
Saturday Tyler and I had a leisurly morning while Steve and Suzi took care of Viv. She spent the night in their room so they got the first morning wake up… which was apparently at 4:30am and not wanting to go back to sleep. I’m not sure who was the cause but I think both Viv and her Nana wanted some extra special alone time with each other and that was the time to do it apparently! Luckily, Tyler and I were snoozing away unaware for a few extra hours. Later that afternoon, we went to Betsy’s wedding while Viv stayed home with Suzi and Steve. At the wedding there was a surprise guest appearance from Sparty! Betsy is a huge Spartan fan so she was ecstatic - what a great maid of honor to surprise her like that. We ended up leaving not long after dinner and we were just in time to catch a wonderful sunset over the lake on our way back to Tyler’s parent’s house. We decided to detour and stop at a park to walk down on the beach before driving the hour back.
Me, Betsy, Bill and Tyler
Loot from the veggie garden!
Sunday we lounged around again with the family before heading over to Kyle and Lauren’s house. We went for a walk to the park and the guys played disc golf. Us ladies ended up walking back home earlier than the guys becauase Viv was very sleepy and was overheating. It was humid and at least 90 degrees while being strapped to me in the Ergo carrier. While we were at their house, Viv decided to stand up for the first time unassisted. Sunday evening Suzi and I harvested some yummy veggies from their garden and we had one last dinner with Tyler’s parents before driving back to the east side of the state for the last few days of the trip.
Octopus lover just like her mama!
On Monday, Tyler and I took my parents out to dinner for their anniversary. It was a celebration for 35 years of being married. A marriage to definitely look up to as a wonderful example (bickering and all) for Tyler and me. After dinner we met up with a family I used to babysit for a long time ago. I babysat him from babyhood until I went to college. It was crazy to see him as a grown up teenager! Boy, I must be getting old! We caught up and had frozen yogurt and they got to meet Vivian. It sure was fun to see a full circle.
Practicing standing in front of a crowd of
family, including Viv’s Great Aunt Karen
Tuesday was our last day in Michigan and we were hoping for a day on the lake but the weather had other plans. It was a glum day so we just relaxed. That evening we had a family celebration for my parent’s anniversary. My brother, grandparents, aunt and uncle all came over to have a wonderful dinner, drinks and delicious dessert.
Celebrating with the family! (Viv sure is my kid… trying to get at the cake!)
Wednesday came early and at 3:30am eastern time (read 12:30am PST) we started our journey back to the pacific northwest. We headed to the airport for a 6am flight. Viv did great for the plane rides but we weren’t able to get much sleep. We arrived in Seattle at about noon so even though we were completely exhausted, we still had the whole day ahead of us. We picked up Glory from our friends and headed home to relax. I ended up being asleep no later than 9pm PST(midnight eastern time) which was as late as I could manage on about two hours of sleep the previous night (I had an extremely hard time falling asleep only to be woken shortly after).
Thursday morning came quick despite going to bed early. Vivian was all confused and woke up three times during the night to nurse. Finally getting the day going around 7am. Tyler went into work while Vivi and I unpacked and started laundry. We had an impromptu playdate in the afternoon with some friends and their babies. That evening I also started packing for our camp trip.
Yes, we unpacked only to spend a day home and hit the road again for a long weekend outdoor retreat. Last weekend we had another wonderful camping adventure. I promise to write about that in much less time than it has taken me to write about nearly the whole month of August!