Leaving on a Jet Plane..

7:40 pm Lily, vacation

From Lily July 26 …

Once again, I have been slacking on the blog posts – sorry! I’m not going to promise that it won’t happen again because it probably will. :) Last weekend my great-aunt Gloria and some of her kids and grandkids drove up from Illinois to visit. We try to see them about once a summer, but unfortunately they’ve been doing all the traveling the last number of years because my Grandma just can’t make the trip anymore. It’s always so good to see them! My Aunt Gloria started taking painting lessons 3 years ago at the ripe old age of 78.. and she’s really GOOD! She brought a painting to hang in my Grandma’s house and it’s just beautiful (I should have taken a picture – oops). We had a lovely picnic at my Grandma and Aunt’s house, and took a big family picture (below). Lily charmed everyone, of course, and they all fell completely in love with her. Also, we were talking about how Lily seems to want to walk way more than she wants to crawl, and my Aunt told me that learning to crawl is apparently very important for cognitive development related to reading – who knew?!? So, I GUESS it’s ok if Lily learns to crawl (like I have a say in it) – she’s already getting very, very close.

From Lily July 26 …

Well, internet, I feel like I should have so many more things to tell you, but my mind is blank right now. We spent a lot of time at Grandma and Grandpa’s this past week, and they keep threatening to kidnap Lily so I don’t take her away to Virginia for a week! Jason and have both been crazy-busy at work trying to get things wrapped up for us to be gone next week, then come back immediately into CRUNCH TIME! Mid-August to late September is the absolute WORST time of year for us, and I’m not looking forward to it – but at least we have a vacation first! I’ve also been running a bunch of errands and doing laundry and starting to pack, but tomorrow is “pack like crazy” day. My brother is picking us up at 4:30 AM (YUCK!!!!) on Sunday to bring us to the airport, so we have to get everything done before we go to bed tomorrow night. I plan on posting an update (with pics) once we return, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Lily had made some big developments while we’re gone – stay tuned! :) Either way, once we come back is major baby-proofing time.

I hope you all have a great week, and we’ll meet back here when we get back!

From Lily July 26 …

EDITED TO ADD: I forgot to mention one of Lily’s FAVORITE new activities! She did this for a good hour on our bed yesterday – she starts out sitting, then THROWS herself forward onto all fours, rocks back and forth a bit (optional), then plops on her tummy and rolls to her back and tries to sit up to do the whole process again. It’s really pretty cute, but not when she tries to practice this IN THE BATHTUB and in her crib when she’s supposed to be sleeping! Today for nap time she got herself on her tummy and scooted around the crib and ended up with her legs sticking through the slats and hitting the wall. Then, I think she felt stuck and got scared so started crying. I’m already starting to miss the days I could just sit her on the floor and let her play and she’s not even fully mobile yet! Every day she seems more like a little kid and less like a baby and I don’t know how it happened so stinkin’ FAST! :(

3 Responses

  1. Auntie Lisa Says:

    Have a super fantabulous time in Virginia!!! As Lily is learning new things quite quickly, I’m sure she will probably be driving by the time you get back. Have her swing by and take her cousins for a spin! :) Love to you all!

  2. Terri Osland Says:

    Sorry I called you while in Virginia. I still feel guilty, but I was desperate. Love the updated photos of the ever growing and beautiful Lily.

  3. Grandma Says:

    It’s Saturday–the day before Lily returns–and I’m very anxious to see her (and you and Jason too, of course!!)
    I hope you had a good time in
    Virginia and I’m sure we will hear all about it! :)
    Anxious to see you all get off that big, mean old plane that stole Lily (you all) away for a week!!! :)
    Grandma Maggie

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