Thursday, October 23, 2008

back safe and sound

hi! We're back in Minnesota - just in time for the cold!
We were in Wisconsin for a week. It was a lot of fun. I got to see some old friends - Pam in Madison and Joanna drove up from Chicago to spend the day. She and I had lunch & got pedicures and then she came to my parents' house and spent some time with Cy.

My cousin Kara, her husband Mark and her 8 month old son Henry and my grandpa Cy came over for dinner one night. It was so fun to see Henry. It prompted me to immediately start looking into childproofing because Henry can crawl and man does he move fast. A foreshadowing of things to come. It is always great to talk with Kara because she does all the research and I get to ride her coattails. I basically just follow her lead when it comes to baby things like solid foods, teething and now babyproofing. Thanks Kara!

We also spent a lot of time with my parents - Grandpa Dick and Grandma Lynn. We went to the park almost every day to walk the dogs, we went shopping and to restaurants and we went down to Milwaukee (they live in the suburbs) and spent the day at Discovery World and Old World Third Street. We went to the Ambrosia chocolate store and a cheese store. Heaven! Like I said earlier, Blue Moon icecream is the best!

And we went to lunch with my Grandpa Cy and my uncle Jim. Gpa Cy goes out to lunch every day and my mom & dad meet up with him on Tuesdays and Thursdays at one of his favorite restaurants "Vickies." All the waitresses know him by name and they know what he likes to eat. It's pretty funny. He got to show off his great-grandson & his namesake!

Other than the super long car rides (it took me 7 1/2 hours each way - it is usually about 4 1/2 or 5) the entire trip was a blast!

I am happy to be home. First thing I did today was start looking into more activities for this winter. I am a little worried that both Cy and I are going to get bored when it starts getting cold out since we spend a lot of our time outside. I just found out that our new gym has a "Rock N Stroll" exercise class once a week. Moms come with their babies and strollers to workout. And I also am signed up for "Pilates with Baby" at our friend Adrienne's studio called Align. I am also going to sign up for baby swim lessons (basically you sign songs & splash around) and maybe an ECFE class just to meet some more people who are around during the day -- and to get out of the house!

Time to hit the hay. Tomorrow the Emmer grandparents are coming over to 'sit while Patrick and I go out for a bit! g'night!

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