vacation

Nice Weather Here

In San Antonio for a week visiting Pat and Steph and the kids. The weather today was excellent, and I’m even considering changing into shorts at some point. Maybe tomorrow.

Pictures from Hannah’s soccer game this morning are in the gallery. We’ll try to update as the week goes on.

trip envy

It seems like everyone around me is going on amazing trips lately and I’m getting a little jealous.

One of my coworkers just got back from Peru (and another is going soon). His daughter was there on an archaeological dig for several months and he met her and they went to Machu Picchu. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious fondness of South America (I’d love to take a literary tour). I was so close to actually going to Chile for work a few years ago but it fell through and I’m still bitter. I haven’t seen any photos of his trip yet, but I suspect that will happen soon and it will only increase my envy. Even if I could convince my husband to take a trip to Peru, Chile or Argentina, I don’t think I’d want to take Bridget (at least not at this point in her life). It’s going to have to continue to wait, I think.

Brendan’s mom and his cousin are currently in China, teaching English to middle schoolers. They will soon be finished with that and embark on a week long tour of more of the country. Honestly, I really don’t have much desire to go to China, but they seem to be having quite an adventure. I’m thoroughly enjoying reading Jamie’s blog.

Now, we are planning on taking a trip with the Muskoxen (and significant others) next summer since Brendan, Geoff and Vince are all turning 30. A while back we were going around with suggestions and although we had sort of settled on a cruise of the Eastern Caribbean (which don’t get me wrong, would be AWESOME, especially with everyone), I am still holding out hope for something like Iceland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, or Croatia. There’s so much time until then, though.

I love our annual trips to the lake, but I need to see more (and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way).

so ready


It’s almost vacation time. We try and make it up to the cottage every year around the 4th of July. Last year was pretty much the only exception to that rule. I’m pretty excited about watching Bridget experience it all this year. Last August, she didn’t really know what was going on. This year should be good. If the sand in her hair yesterday when we picked her up from daycare is any indication, the sand on the beach should give her no problem. I hope she likes smooth rocks just as much. A lot of things have changed at nearby Geneva-on-the-Lake but a lot of the important things (Eddie’s) are the same.

I’m just ready for a vacation. Life hasn’t been particularly hard or anything as of late; I’m just itching to get away. It’s that time of year. For my entire life vacation has always been around this time. We’d get out of school and very soon after (two weeks later at the longest) we’d go to Ocean City. My parents’ and brothers at home still go around this time. (Probably always will!) I know Dad is counting down the days.

Here’s hoping that our 8 hour car ride goes well. There’s no indication that it won’t, but you never know…

sweet memories


Ran across this article in the Post about Praiano, Italy, the little village we stayed in Italy when we were there for Vince and Kate’s wedding in 2003. The article is spot on, and brought back the memories of the entire trip. It mentioned everything: Bar de Sole, the language barrier, the stairs, Padre Pio…

It’s funny, I was just thinking about our trip not that long ago.

What’s particularly interesting is that the Details article that accompanies the main article mentions the market we frequented. Given what happened to me on our last day, well, you decide if you want to go shopping there. I don’t think I will again. The trip as a whole was amazing though and the village was just about perfect.

[Relive our whole trip in the travelblog and the gallery.]

baby’s first road trip

Bridget did really well on our ride to the lake last weekend. Our timing was a little bit off on the way home, but we made it all in one piece.

She got to experience all the lake activities

  • Sunset:
  • The beach:
  • Putt-putt:
  • Eddie’s:
  • Plus yard sales, an open house, campfires and a partial tour of Sharon.

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