more pics from Jersey
Can I be really honest with you?
Our trip out East was exhausting. And I think most of that has to do with the adorable little children that we played with all week. Don’t get me wrong – we loved every minute of it. It’s just… there were a few times JT looked at each other and said, “are we really ready for this chaos?” (Luckily, my MIL reminded me that there’s a reason kids don’t usually arrive 4 at a time 🙂 ).
Here’s a quick recap, for those of you who are curious about these sorts of things (hi mom!):
Saturday: baby shower, dinner w/my BFF EAH & her fiance, arrive back to the house in time to wave goodbye to sleepy children (or in Jason’s case, make silly faces with them), hang out with MIL & SIL
Sunday: family day! (except that I ran to GapMaternity mid day & picked up 2 sweaters for $10 total – score! just in time, too, as all of my non-maternity warm layers are not fitting like they used to…)
JT, his dad, & brother took down a tree in the front yard as the women & children watched. There was a moment or two where I wondered if it was a good idea for my baby daddy to be running around with a chainsaw (especially since I sort of bullied them into taking the tree down…). But no one was hurt & the tree was down & chopped up just in time for the township to collect everything!
Tuesday: the zoo! The entire clan, with the exception of 2 of the men (they were working) hit up the Philadelphia zoo. It was super-fun, the weather was nice, and the kids seemed to enjoy themselves.
Wednesday: shopping + Chipotle = happiness. Especially when your shopping companion is so cute…
Thursday: J’s mom brought over one of the little girls she watches & the two little girls had a blast playing in the dogs’ kennels. Note to self: skip expensive baby toys, buy additional kennel instead.
Afterwards, we headed into Philly to have lunch with a friend, and I shopped at Spool for a minute (a fabric store – because I found their stuffed bird pattern online & was smitten with it).
Friday: brunch with SILs, nieces, & nephews at a cute little retro diner. Was totally asked which one was mine & happily pointed to my belly. 🙂 The banana french toast was amazing and I think I’m going into a sugar coma just thinking about the caramel/banana topping on it.
We played with the kiddos for a bit, too — they were initially headed to the children’s museum, but we were particularly excited that when given the choice between museum and play with barley, jezebel, aunt jen, & uncle j, they chose us…
Friday night we headed into Philly to meet up with J’s high school friends & their significant others. We happened to walk past the liberty bell on our way to dinner, which was simultaneously a) thrilling (I previously whined about going all that way and not even getting to see touristy things), and b) not thrilling (it’s a giant bell locked behind a bunch of glass). Dinner was great & I really enjoy catching up with J’s friends. I’m kind of certain, though, that bar environments were not made for preggos – it’s hard to squeeze through the crowd to head to the (increasingly dirty as the night goes on) bathroom without bumping a few peeps with the belly, and I am very selective about who gets to touch the belly these days. I wonder a little bit about how many crazy looks were thrown my way, because I stopped paying attention after the first two.
Saturday: say bye to the fam, drive back to MI, collapse, exhausted into bed around 1am Sunday. Phew!
In other not-related-to-our-trip-but-still-exciting news, I got my teaching evals back for last term & for some crazy reason, these students seem to like me. They were really great evals & I’ve been asked to teach again next year! I’m particularly excited about this opportunity because I’d still be working only part-time, so would get some extra time during the week to spend with Rico, but would also be using my brain/education for something. We just started a new term here, which should partially explain my absence this week (I teach for the next 10 weeks, baby is due in 12, hope he doesn’t come early!). I’ve got my fingers crossed that the students in this class will appreciate my teaching style as much as the last one seemed to…
Also, WE BOUGHT A DISHWASHER!!! This is huge news as we’ve been hand-washing dishes since 2007 and are completely over it. We got a great deal on an open item dishwasher at the Home Depot ($312 for a $530 machine, including a 3-year warranty), and it was one of the four we’d been stalking for the last month, so we went ahead and bought it. We’ll have to build a cabinet for it & have plumbing/electrical installed before we can use it, but methinks this is a step in the right direction…