Monday, September 3, 2012

Summer Wrap-up

Usually, by this time of year, I am ready for fall. I start craving apples and butternut squash, and look forward to cooking with my dutch oven and wearing jeans. Not this year. Despite the awful heat, the sight of the mums at the grocery store made me want to cry. I am just not ready for any of it. Summer, please stay. Please?

Well, if even if summer must go, at least I made good use of the last week of it by taking a much needed vacation. My destination was the Twin Cities, so it wasn't exactly exotic, but it was nice to have a break from the day-to-day routine for a week.

Before heading north, though, we celebrated my Grandpa's 90th birthday! August 24th was the big day, and we made the trip to La Crosse to join him for lunch and cake. I am so happy we could be there, and that he and my Grandma have gotten to know Clare. They have always been very important to me, and it is really special to share my daughter with them.

Clare with Great-Grandpa Bob.
Clare and I were on our own for the five hour drive to the Twin Cities, because Ben was camping with his dad and brother in Canada. I was dreading the drive. I had the front seat covered in toys, pacifiers, books, and snacks. I didn't really need any of it, though. She did great!

We spent the first part of the week with my mother-in-law. We took Clare to the Russian art museum in Minneapolis (and received some dirty looks from people for presuming to allow a child into a museum! God forbid!) We also took Clare to the arboretum, were she had a great time playing in the kids' area. Aunt Katie babysat one night so we could go to dinner with my future sister-in-law without a baby in tow. It was lovely. Clare was VERY happy to see her dad when he got back, though. She was pretty tired, so she just leaned out of my arms into his. When Ben left to take his parents to the airport two days later, she just sobbed. I assured her we'd see him again in an hour, but I don't think she believed me. We also got a chance to see a few good friends who we don't see that often, including some of the Lillie Crew (I wish I could see these friends more, it is always so much fun. And Clare loved playing with Adam, Ben, and Mason).

With Grandma at the University of Minnesota Arboretum.

Lazing around in Grandpa Steve's chair.

Walking with Daddy and Grandma in Minneapolis.

Enjoying her watermelon at Lake Nokomis.
We also went to the Minnesota State Fair. Clare was less than thrilled. I think she was disappointed that we kept her out of the swine barn.

She did, however, enjoy the mini donuts.

And part of a sheep that was quite gross.

She doesn't look very happy here, but she went right for them.
This is my favorite part of the Fair.

So long summer. You'll be missed. I am off to drown my sorrows in more cookies.


  1. So sad I missed the get-together! Boo. I don't want summer to be over, either, except for that I'm running out of clothes to wear. All my maternity is fall/winter!

  2. Nice picture of Clare with my dad aka Great Grandpa. that was a pretty good day.

  3. Who ate the lamb testicles?! EWWWW. ;)

    Great to see you for just a bit!

  4. Ok, wait, in your Aug. 14 post you wrote this: "This is the time of year that I always start to get a bit tired of summer, despite enjoying the fresh sweet corn and peppers and zucchini and all of the other wonderful summer foods. I can’t wait for the crisp cool air, the apples, the butternut squash, the PACKERS. Summer, I am done with you." And now you're begging it to stay? Em, you're sending mixed messages. I can see why Summer is confused. ;)
    It was SO GOOD to see you and Clare and Ben at the softball game/Nokomis bbq this past weekend. I really wish you didn't live so far away!! We miss you! And I also wish little Ben hadn't been so stingy about sharing his Buzz Lightyear chair. Please tell Clare he promises to share with her when she returns to visit.

  5. What can I say? I am a flip-flopper. Maybe I should be the next vice presidential candidate?

    I loved the look on Clare's face when Ben didn't want to share his Buzz Lightyear chair. It has given my Ben and I many moments of laughter.