We’ve had a hectic, jam packed few months around our house – thankfully, mostly GOOD events, but that doesn’t make it any less dramatic when everything piles on top of you at once. The only rough patch happened right up front:
This kid managed to break his arm by tripping over ANOTHER kid’s shoe in the gym. He was a trooper once he got out of the hospital, and only complained about the cast three or four times a day. I’ve never had to deal with a broken bone before (and neither had Mike), so this was a learning experience. We learned that you DO spring for the water-resistant lining for the cast, shorts with elastic are a must-have because he couldn’t do buttons, and that he would milk it for all it was worth when he got the chance. I can’t blame him.
I finally, finally, FINALLY finished college. Officially. I walked – nay, STRUTTED – across that stage with my family watching, and I have never been more relieved to be done with anything in my life. Now I am working on getting rid of the feeling that I’m supposed to be somewhere all the time – either an online study group, a night class during the week, or even just the general feeling that I have something due today. I’m going to take a year off and I’m planning on starting my masters’ degree next year, but that timeline is soft right now. It may slip another year as I recover from being in college (on and off) since 1996.
To celebrate graduation and our 10 year anniversary, we planned a cruise to Alaska, with an extra day in Seattle just to take in the sights. We did the touristy things, complete with a crab leg dinner on the docks and a visit to the original Starbucks store. The best part of Seattle was the random bakery we found across from the market called Piroshky Piroshky. There were the huge long lines waiting to get into this tiny, cramped space – everyone wanted one of these things. We stalked them first thing in the morning before we left for Alaska, and from what I ordered, it was worth all of the hype.
And then we got on a giant ship and took off for a week (without our kids!) of touring the barest tip of Alaska. It was just as beautiful as you’ve been told.
When we got back (after being gone from the kids for 9 days), we knew that we only had a few short weeks until we’d be traveling again – this time with the entire family. My sister in law was getting married, and she chose a destination wedding in Jamaica. So for the second time in three weeks, we washed clothes, packed suitcases, and loaded up for a ridiculously early flight. The kids were excited, but mainly about eating in the airport. Kids are weird.
The beaches were beautiful, but we spent most of our time in the pool with the awesome slides. And we took an afternoon off for the wedding.
See those dresses on the left? I made them for the girls, using the Emmaline maxi dress pattern by Violet Field Threads. We had to pick the fabric as a best-guess scenario to attempt to match the flowers, and I think we did okay – it’s a quilting cotton, so they were nice and light for the ceremony. I will say that the directions weren’t as clear as you’d hope when I was making the dresses, but with a little help from The Internet, I pushed through (and no one had any wardrobe malfunctions in the process).
Now we’re just trying to get everyone back into the normal summer rhythm of waking a bit later in the morning, playing longer in the evenings, and just relaxing in general. Here’s to fewer broken bones and more down time!