Saturday, July 25, 2015

Did I Tell You I Love Summer?

Sadly it is already the end of July and I am far from ready for the girls to return to school.  We have had such a great summer so far with one fun thing after another and still a lot more to come.  Before I get too far behind I want to post some photos of some of the highlights.

June was busy with lots of camps, some I photographed and some I didn't.  Syd did a babysitting camp and probably could have taught it herself.;)  Gabby took a soccer camp and all three went to VBS.  Syd was a group leader this year and thought that was pretty special since her Auntie Beth was also a volunteer with her.   She claims she isn't going to do it next year but I feel differently about that…one week all summer when all 3 children are all dropped at the same place, I call this a win.
Syd took a Ninja camp with several of her friends and I am sure learned a ton of life skills;)  She enjoyed it okay, it was fun, don't judge.
The ladies have been having fun with the neighbor kids and Gabby had a ball with these 2 sweet neighbor friends on a teddy bear trolley tour.  
I have been enjoying some coffee dates with my sissy and am glad we started that tradition.
We have walked to the Kingfield Farmers Market several times and we all enjoy it.  (We do find the girls really whine if it is too hot.)
The Lake Harriet bandshell is a fun place to take a biking break and enjoy some music and of course eat ice cream.
A little Hunt and Gather has always been a favorite place for us to hunt.
The pool as usual is a hit for the ladies and with Cece in tow I try not to sit down at all and wonder why anyone would ever bring a book.
The new park equipment is awesome and a hop, skip and a jump away.
The puppy really enjoys that we have a toddler living at our house.
We celebrated 14 years together on July 14th.  We had a really fun date and I think we need to plan another one soon because dates are fun and we don't have enough.  (Steve almost faints when I take my pony tail out AND put earrings in.)
We remembered Auntie Joyce's birthday with a little french silk pie.  We still miss her so much.  Gabby and Cece would have loved her and she would have loved them.   I hate ovarian cancer.  
We have enjoyed some cold drinks…some caffeinated (for me) and some not, for the littles.
Lake Harriet has been a hit again this year
and this little girl sometimes sacrifices the nap for everyone to have fun during the day.
Bike rides that end in ice cream treats will always be our tradition.
Last weekend we were invited to a friend's wonderful family retreat.  We had this beautiful view all weekend and loved it….and the company too.

This very special friend invited us and our crazy circus

The children played beautifully
Despite how Tess looks, we did wear sunscreen.)

and the adults even had some relaxation time too.  (As much relaxation time as you have with 6 kids!)

We are so thankful for the fun weekend.
Then we celebrated a birthday of a very special lady.  I can't even think or talk about them moving away.
And last week our neighbor had a fairy garden making party. The ladies have enjoyed this several years in a row.  

I love seeing how creative they can be.

Thankfully the neighborhood pool is still fun for the girls.  Although as seen in the below photo…not always fun for everyone.  (Check out Miss Cece.)
As you can see it has been a perfect summer so far and there is still more time for more fun.  
Enjoy your weekend.
Love, Gina

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Once upon a vacation...

We took a vacation last month, a super fun vacation and I took hundreds of photos.  I was a really good tourist and brought my camera everywhere.  A tourist in a town that we called home for 10 years.  Boston.   The summer is flying by and I am finally posting photos from our fun family vacation.  We love Boston and Boston never disapoints us.  The only disappointing thing was time went too fast, we saw a lot of people but not everyone we wanted to see and the people we saw, we didn't get to see long enough. 

The whole trip was so much fun, even flying on the airplane.  The girls were great ages to fly and I loved seeing how excited they were about the trip.  
I sat by Sydney and she let me sleep, I loved that about my travel partner.  I love a good nap on a plane.   

We flew to Boston for the wedding of this lovely couple.  Their wedding was beautiful and everything was just perfect.  What Minnesotan doesn't love a wedding reception that overlooks the ocean? 
This lady is such a special friend and I loved seeing her.  She lived 2 doors down from us and was a large part of my sanity as a new Mom far away from my own Mom. 
And these ladies I watched grow up and turn into such wonderful, beautiful ladies.  It was so fun to spend time with them again. 

We spent the week visiting people and places that we love in Boston.   

Castle Island was always a hit for our family and we

loved seeing this special family. 
they also put up with our crazy family many times during the week. 

Karen took us to a place just a few blocks from our condo, "The Lawn on D" was a lot of fun and new since we moved out of Southie. 

We didn't rent a car and took the train a majority of the time while we were there.  Something we did everday while we lived in Boston but a fun novelty for the girls while we were in town. 

Dunkin' Donuts was one of the highlights of our time in Boston and now that the girls are older I had to fight them for my own iced coffee.  Oh how I already miss the ice coffee there. 
We hit all of the tourist attractions and acted like tourists in a town that we are very familiar with. 

we have photos of these girls as toddlers on the ducklings...where did the time go?

Yes I know, wearing sneakers like a true tourist with a camera bag always in tow.  (Say it proud, "We moved away and now I am a nerdy tourist."
We stopped for an morning nutritious snack to wash down the donuts. 

The beutiful public library...we may have just stopped there for their clean bathrooms. 
Sick of photos and the forced march. (The sight of the proposal 15 years ago.)
The park bench where Steve proposed 15 years ago.

and now also the sight where Gabby bumped her head and cried after her and her sisters were messing around. 

A water break makes everyone happy.

and a pastry break at our favorite pastry shop also makes us all happy.

then back to southie to visit this beautiful family.....why did I only take a photos of one cute person of this family of 5?  We enjoyed our Chatfield time. 
and this lady visited me at our hotel, we enjoyed a quiet visit. 
Then we brought some locals on our forced march tour of Fenway park

then said our goodbyes and checked out the Old North Church.

The Duck Boat tours probably were the favorite attraction for the girls. 

they did a nice job driving the boat

we drove past "Cheers" which means nothing to their generation....
and a dip at the Campers' pool brings back happy memories. 
we loved seeing this little girl too. 

and having a hay day with all of their family and friends. 

we still really do love Southie, in fact I think Steve would move back in a heartbeat.  I don't know if I am ready to move 6 people into 1100 square feet again. 

We went to the Childrens Museum and found "our tile" that we bought years ago. 

and we hit the water again. 

I love seeing our girls act like children enjoying the simple things. 

and we couldn't leave Boston without a Boston cream pie.
Steve also met up with an old friend.  (When we were looking at these photos Gabby asked, "Was that Daddy's sister?"  Hmmmmm....No Gabby, your Dad doesn't have any sisters.)  
Back to Castle Island for more fun

and then more fun at the Altieri's.

Thoroughly entertained with more fun activities. 

Before we left town Tess just really wanted to play in the ocean again and so that was what we did. 

We had such a fun vacation.  The girls were awesome and the perfect age for our visit and touring.  We missed Miss Cece but know that she had a much better time hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa in Minnesota.  (Thank you Mom and Dad.) Oh how we love our Massachusetts family and the wonderful city we lived in.  We look forward to another trip back in the future.  (We will bring you next time Cece, please don't be mad, it was your Dad's idea to leave you behind;)

Love, Gina

P.S.We missed Auntie Sue being there:(