It’s been a big, frequently emotional week. From memories of September 11th to my grandfather’s funeral to Johnny and Emma starting school, there was a lot going on. Mike stayed home from work Thursday afternoon and all day Friday so I could make a very short trip to Utah to attend the funeral. I left Boston at 5pm Thursday, and returned at 9am Saturday. The service was beautiful, and it was very nice to see relatives I hadn’t been able to meet up with in years, as well as more distant relatives I had never met. Lily especially missed me, but she did enjoy an ice cream picnic with Daddy while I was gone!
Before I left, we enjoyed our final morning with our weekend visitors. I loved watching my kids play with their second cousins! They built an impressive teepee in our back yard. Or, they called it a teepee… The branches came from trees in our yard, which my two cousins helped Mike trim. The guys helped the kids build the teepee, too. It was hollow in the middle, and all of the kids could fit in there!
As life returned (temporarily) to normal, Lily spent a lot of time looking after babies of various shapes and sizes, and Emma started kindergarten. She was super pleased to bring home her first school library book!
I had to leave for Utah that afternoon. Johnny had a fever and missed the first day of preschool, so Mike got to do his first preschool drop-off for the year on Friday. He had a good time, and both kids are making new friends!
I cried my eyes out at the funeral, but managed to sing with my siblings and cousins most of the time I was supposed to. I spent Friday evening and night on three different planes, arriving home to this beautiful banner:
This week should be much calmer, and we are all looking forward to that!