Disclaimer: these quick takes are being written while I am half asleep. But I figured it would be better to try to write a blog post on the couch in the same room as the 4-year-old and 7-month-old than to leave the elder one in charge while I sleep. Hopefully the coffee I am chugging will at least kick in by #7.
1) We are kind of a lame family, particularly in the family vacation department. I think we're just used to having only little toddlers and babies who couldn't care less about going places so why the heck would we spend money, time, and tons of energy on going to the beach when the kids would be just as happy going to the park accross the street? So it is thoroughly throwing us off that Naomi is now "pre-school" aged and actually gets excited about the prospect of doing something more than that together as a family.
2) We came to this realization about our first born when we told her last week that we would be taking her and her sisters to Kalamazoo for a night while Mike attends a huge Medieval conference and gives a paper. Her excitement was disproportional to say the least, but so stinking cute. She talked all week about going to a hotel with her mom and dad and sisters all the way in KALAMAZOO! She kept telling me she would have to say "goodbye to all of her friends and tell them she will not see them for a very long time" (Kalamazoo is 1 hour away).
3) The big day finally came yesterday and I even made a big deal out of taking her out of her catechesis class a little early so she got to tell every one "goodbye" in the middle of class. (*we left yesterday morning, we have been back since 11 a.m. this morning). And off we trotted to Kalamazoo, the land flowing with milk and honey, or at least water and animal crackers.
4) First we stopped at Dwija's house, where you would think that Naomi was having her legs torn off every time Dwija's sweet, tame dogs came anywhere near her. And Dwija and I took no pictures, but it went something like this:
|too much fun to handle or to photograph.|
Dwija was the funnest, sweetest hostess of all time with the cutest most well behaved kids, not to mention being the cutest 12 week pregnant lady around. And I wore my biggest, chunkiest necklace because I woke up with the biggest blemish on my colar bone that I thought for sure would scare her away as my friend forever. Then high school called and asked for is oily skin back. (There's the explanation for that huge necklace, Dwija)
5) And we spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out in the hotel room watching movies and roaming the hotel halls...
which is apparently the equivalent in Naomi's brain to seeing the Eiffel Tower or snorkeling in the Caribbean...
6) The nice thing about a 24 hour hotel family vacation is that you still get the exhaustion and mess and bags to unpack of a long vacation but with fewer stories to tell. Is that a nice thing?
|the face of fun|
7) Completely unrelated but I am really excited about my father-in-law's new book and you should be too! Or not, whatever.
Here is his description stolen from facebook:
I am thrilled to see my newest book finally out, Consuming the Word, sequel to The Lamb's Supper. Find out how the "New Testament" was a 'sacrament' long before it became a 'document' - according to the document! And how Jesus instituting the Eucharist is what transformed Calvary from a Roman execution into the supreme sacrifice of all time. And how the Eucharist is the interpretive key to the early Church's understanding of the 'New Testament'. And much much more! I really hope you get a chance to read and enjoy it!
I have only read a couple of his books and I plan on adding this to the list of those that I've read.
Now head over to Jen's for more takes!