338/365: Vacation Begins!

Aug13 copyThe first day of our summer vacation, and we see no reason to break with a perfectly good Sunday morning tradition: egg sandwiches for us, double/double coffees, and a box of Timbits to share (Iris is iffy on the sharing).

We found out Carl would be getting an extra week of vacation every year this past July (his PTO schedule rolls over in July) and immediately decided to take a random week off in August—our first official staycation—for very important reasons like:

  1. It’s still summer
  2. To enjoy these last few days as a family of three
  3. We have a ton of little home projects we’ve been wanting to do
  4. We all sleep better in our own beds
  5. Travel is expensive and (with a toddler) kind of exhausting
  6. Family naps!
  7. To explore our own part of the world
  8. We had an untapped season of Parks and Rec for after Iris went to bed

It was a great week, so successful we’re pretty sure it will be a regular feature in the yearly calendar. We had amazing Cuban food in Ann Arbor one night while Iris stayed home with our favorite sitter; we went antiquing; Carl put up some new shelves in our bedroom; we cleaned and reorganized the house; we checked out a local water park; we spent time with family; we took a lot of naps and did a lot of talking.

It was a great week.

But I didn’t take a single picture after that first day. Here are a few snaps Carl took:

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Fries and shake, Cuban-style! (The shake was coconut—and the best I’ve ever had. They also make them with a splash of rum for those not pregnant. Maybe next time)

IMG_1923Swimming at Grandpa and Grandma’s in GR

Aug17Loving the bounce castle at her cousins’ birthday party

Aug19Daddy/daughter outing to Petsmart

Hope you’re able to find a little space to soak up the end of summer too, whatever you may be doing and wherever you may be.

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