For Murray's birthday (May 15) we went to his med school reunion in NYC. We left both kids at Carole and Murray's (bless them!), zipped down, and stayed the night. Very fun.
A few days later, my cousin Sharyl stopped in (from AK) and her husband Bill came up on his turn-around (he's a pilot based out of NYC so a trip to NE CT is shorter than a trip home to AK). We had a great time and Sharyl has the cutest baby belly! Due in July, she's in the "fertility goddess" stage - all curves, still feeling good and the baby is jumping around happily.
The day after we said goodbye to Sharyl and Bill, Teal and Sophia arrived! We'd been looking forward to this visit for awhile. The girls were soooo excited to see each other. They were here for almost 2 weeks and we had a blast.
Intermingled with their visit were other events, namely a visit from Murray's college roommate, his wife, their 4 yr old daughter and 18 month twins! I've always thought Kevin and Mary are exceptionally great people, and Jackie (the 4 yr old) is a star too. But now, after watching them with the twins, I'm in AWE. The twins are cute like you read about..... and non-stop action adventure heros. Kevin and Mary live on Code Red these days - even when they're talking to you, they are ready to dive after one or the other of the twins (Harper and Patrick) in a flash. Jackie is a super grounded, fun kid and all three girls got along swimmingly (to our great joy).
Kevin and Mary had ventured on the trek north (from Raleigh) for Kevin and Murray's 20 yr college reunion. So we left Teal and Sophia to their fiber adventures (Teal stocked up on cool fibers for spinning - you'll have to read her blog to find out more) and headed to New Haven for a weekend of funny encounters with old friends, Camp Bulldog for Natty and a open bar. Even as a spouse, it was fun. It's such a beautiful campus and one afternoon Murray and I dropped Natty off at C.B. and just wandered, going into the colleges, libraries and the Center for British Art. Our favorite kind of date.
I've fed my babies in some interesting places (for example, perched on a ice berg during one of our x-country ice skating adventures on a frozen glacier lake) but perhaps my favorite place is in an art museum. I choose a seat in front of a picture I want to enjoy and have some enforced quiet time with my baby and art. Sublime.
Our trip to NYC with Teal and Sophia will have to wait for another blog, but here's a teaser: you haven't lived until you've taken 2 little princesses to a "Little Mermaid" broadway musical. Hilariously cute. (the trip back to the hotel with the 2 overstimulated girls - not so cute. But let's remember the good times, shall we)