best days.

 We are back!  Taking a week off to enjoy our friends and family was wonderful.  As is typical with most vacations, I feel like we need another week to recuperate from all the fun that was had!  But alas, no rest for the weary.  

We tried to get as much family time in as possible before G left for Texas.  We went to the zoo, out for ice cream, cooked out, ate favorite foods and stayed up late watching movies.  It was bittersweet to have him leave.  I know he is having a blast, but we all miss him terribly.  Finn is counting down the days and hours until his "best friend" comes home.

My girlfriend from high school made it here safely.  It was so much fun to see her and have her meet my little family.  We picked up where we left off, and had a great time in spite it being the dullest, strangest night in the town's history.  Isn't that how it always happens?  You plan for something special and everything goes wrong.  Ugh.  Maybe in another twelve years she will revisit, and I can show her a good time.

This weekend also marked my dear friend Jean's 30th birthday.  Unfortunately, her birthday fell on the worst/strangest day and she had a less than stellar time.  It was incredibly fortunate that her sister Rachel planned a surprise party for the following evening. She was indeed surprised, and we all had a good time celebrating her awesomeness.

Father's Day meant a day trip to Michigan to visit friends and attend another birthday party.  We ate too much and spent the entire afternoon outside watching the kids play.  It was a very relaxed day, which was pretty fantastic after the pace of the previous week.  

*A few things of note:  I am present in two whole pictures in this post.  For those who know me, this is a rarity since I absolutely hate having my picture taken.

I am actually not scared in the picture with my friend Liz.  My eyes are almost always closed in pictures and I was trying really hard to document this moment with my friend. 

Yes, John scaled this tree yesterday.  After mentioning he had not exactly worked out how he would get down, F told him he was foolish.  Ouch.  Happy Father's Day.