Wednesday, August 15, 2012


As a follow up to my last post..."never thought" I'd get to blog twice in one week again! Maybe this preschool thing has it's perks. :) No seriously - the time between dropping little dude off and picking him up again has gone quickly, and I'm thankful for that. I kinda miss my little partner.

Especially after a fun-filled summer! I hadn't looked forward to summer like this in a long time. Being so busy this past fall and then again in the spring with my new photography business,  I was feeling pretty tired and overwhelmed. By March I had already booked a few sessions for the months of June-July and decided that was enough. I chose to take the rest of summer off and enjoy some family-time.
Best decision I ever made.

From waking up as a family of 3 almost every morning and introducing Jet to "snuggle time" in mommy and daddy's bed so we could get a few extra minutes to sleep, to helping daddy mow the lawn... playing in the pool every chance we got...

...June and July  (or Ju{ne}ly as I've titled those precious weeks flew by so fast they couldn't possibly have been two whole months) was every bit as renewing and rejuvenating as I hoped.  Sure we stayed pretty busy - but it was a different kind of busy.  

It was a first-time-at-Disney-World kind of busy...

David's family planned the perfect trip to Disney World this summer for us their grandsons. ;) 
And it was so much fun!

Our happiest place on earth.

 The rainy weather couldn't wash the sunshine off the boys faces and we enjoyed every minute of it! There were pancakes for breakfast, all the goldfish and cereal a picky-eater could want, and parents and grandparents waiting to spoil you with souvenirs - what more could a boy ask for??

Disney-gram anyone? Gotta love the powers of  the iphone.

Jet was AH--MAZED by the giant characters at our hotel...

...and I'm pretty sure he and little Daniel would have been perfectly content to set up camp at Cars Land and never leave.

It was an awesome trip. 

(sorry...a little hydro-humor. Rocco had a nice time too... ;) )

Ten Tips from Jet to Make Your Next Disney Trip a Success : 
2. Snow White is a sweetheart. You should definitely find her...and tell her I said "hey."
4. Make sure you take your own cars toys.
6. "Peter Pan's Flight" and "Small World" are the only safe rides.
8. Don't stay for the fireworks.
9. Every now and then, cry and plug your ears and act scared ... you'll get more presents.


It was a visiting-family-up-north kind of busy...

Just a week after our fabulous Disney World trip we took a trip to  PA to visit family whose exact relations to us are probably a mystery to most people. Mostly because we have invented terms to better describe our closeness such as "sister-cousin" and "cousin-niece" and consistently use terms like "cousin" and "aunt" in cases that legally do not apply. But we get it. And that's all that matters.

And in Jet's mind, "cousin Jane" is as much a sister/celebrity/disney-princess as anything. 
And he is c-r-a-z-y about her. And it's not hard to see why.

And I am crazy about her braids.

(the first step is admitting you have a problem...phew...I feel better.)

And in turn he makes her c-r-a-z-y as any brother/mischievous-elf/monkey-man should.

(a glimpse into Jane's mind: "does this kid do anything besides run around, mess up my stuff and play with cars?")

But together they had a movie-watching-pool-splashing-donut-eating-toy-sharing good time.

Oh - and don't forget what an "Amish-touring" good time can be had up in PA.

I'm not one to take pictures of food - certainly never a half-eaten plate food (why do people do that?) and I never think it looks as good as it does in person - but if I were an avid food-photographer, I'd put a whole lot of pictures right HERE of all the amazingly delicious food to be had. 

In the highly annoying words of Rachel Ray (bless her heart)  Yum...O.

And in between - it was a fourth-of-july kind of busy. 

Which with a little boy who's terrified of fireworks is now one of my least favorite days of the year...along with New Years Eve...and pretty much the whole first week of January...comin down off the Christmas's hard on us holiday-junkies.
But I still put for the effort to make my house patriot-friendly.

Maybe someday Jet will come around and actually let us take him to one of the 10+ fireworks shows in our area. I look forward to that. ;) Until then, we'll  turn up the two rain-maker boxes in his bedroom and cross our fingers and toes that he stays asleep through the obscene amounts of fireworks our neighbors set off into the wee hours of the morning.

 All together this summer was a blast. And though we stayed busy, and I didn't get to half the items on my" summer-to-do" list (which are obviously now part of the "fall-to-do" list) I don't mind the busy. Because this summer was an oh-so-happy-together, soul-fulfilling, sleep-good-at-night kind of busy.

The very best kind of busy there is.

1 comment:

k orr said...

cant get enough of those precious smiles. Maybe I will blog again someday too. LOL..... I superbly enjoyed reading your update :) Love the shunt check and the (Bless her heart) :) xoxo sweet friend!

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