My parents were able to visit us in April, thanks to Abigail’s baptism (separate post). We had much nicer weather the week prior and after they were here, but we were still able to get some good outdoor time in.
We played a little wiffle ball. Although the day was windy and a bit on the chilly side, I think we all enjoyed ourselves.
The next day greeted us with much warmer weather, so we hiked up to Heublein Tower. What’s amazing is that by the next week, everything had bloomed and was green and flowery in the background.
My dad is a huge fan of basketball, so we thought it would be fun to go to the NBA Hall of Fame in Mass. It was a dreary wet outside, so this was the perfect activity on such a day.
There is a court inside where you can shoot hoops and practice dunking. This cute man was so kind to give Mailie pointers and with just a couple lessons she was successful. You could tell this man had coached many in his lifetime and knows what he’s doing. He seemed like he would be the kind of guy you’d love as your next door neighbor. Friendly, helpful, patient, and just all around kind.
For my birthday we went to Newport, RI. I fell in love with it the moment we entered in and drove through the tiny cobblestone streets. I loved the mixture of colonial architecture, and coastal town feel. It was heavenly and I can’t wait to go back now that it is summer.
Newport is home to the gigantic mansions, including the Vanderbilt home called The Breakers. I don’t know anything about it. Josh wants to go back and tour the mansions, so I imagine we will eventually. Although I would have no desire to live in such a home, I do find them fascinating to check out and love the different designs and architecture. Certain areas scream roaring 20’s. There were a couple of more quaint homes that sat on the cliffs, which I would love to spend my summers in.
There are also little fields of daffodils which are just asking to be frolicked through.
Roasting hot dogs and s’mores on the final evening of my parents visit.
I failed to get photos of this, but the night before my birthday the girls spent the night in my parents trailer at their campsite. This was just my second night away from Abigail, and first from Mailie. I am a parent that tends to worry easily and I tried my best not to tear up as they left, especially since they were pretty excited.
Josh and I then had the opportunity to go to the temple, a date afterwards, and an evening all to ourselves. It was bizarre and fun. The fact that we realized we could have done whatever we wanted and not have to think about what time we were getting home felt kind of amazing. After the temple we went to dinner at a french place where Josh tried escargot for the first time. I had only had them one other time, but that was in french class and they were rubbery. This time around I thought they were pretty good.
Waking up without my little humans in the other room was weird. We went to the gym together for the first time in many years. I’ve actually missed being able to workout together, however, we learned that Josh enjoys it more in the evenings whereas I love morning workouts. So those days might be over for us.
We then went to breakfast. Again, this was a first in quite some time where we were able to grab breakfast alone. It was a window in the future, when our girls are in college. I think we’ll enjoy those days.
That being said, I was pretty excited to see my babes again and hear about their little adventure. The years I have with them in this way will continue to fly, so I will enjoy it as much as I can and not try to rush it.