To start this out – WOW! – it’s been a very long time since I posted. I created a note in my phone a few weeks ago to jot down blog posts that I wanted/needed to catch up on … and this is the first one on my list. You know how I like to do it all in chronological order and all. So, be prepared for a few posts a day for the next few days or so …
So, over Spring Break my parents came in town from St. Louis and my brother and his girlfriend came to visit all the way from South Africa! This trip had been planned for several months and it was finally here! I was beyond stoked! I hadn’t seen my parents in awhile and hadn’t seen my brother in months and months and had never met Lungi (face to face in person)! We all got together on a Friday and had dinner at our place and played with Lily as long as we could keep her up. She was a little shy and clingy but I think overall enjoyed the attention and visit. She definitely recognized voices and faces!
All of us (except Lily)
Lily loved her new Atlast of Adventures book from Uncle Brendan and Aunt Lungi
Saturday we did our morning routine as usual as a family of 3 and then everyone started arriving. Lily went down for a nap at her usual time and we got some quality time to hang and talk as adults. Then, we played a bunch. My brother came up with this hilarious game that Lily thoroughly enjoyed – it was quite a workout. He took my bathrobe tie and tied it to a box that holds some of Lily’s toys. She loves to sit in it and then he dragged her in the box all over the apartment. Hilarity ensued. Then, my bro got the bright idea to swing her in it and he realized quickly that although fun, it was exhausting hahaha. We went over to Aunt Sue and Uncle Alan’s house for Passover dinner and had so much fun visiting with family. Lily especially loved going up and down their stairs!
Uncle Brendan and Lily trying to smooch! Heart melts …
Uncle Brendan’s amazing game/workout
Grammy feeding Lily Mac n’ Cheese with broccoli ❤
Aunt Linny, Shane, Lily and me selfie! ❤
Sunday we went to the park even though it was a bit chilly. Brendan and Lungi went into the city and we had a lazy day at home. We all reunited at Aunt Gail and Uncle Jeff’s house for Passover dinner. Lily and Shane played together – it was too cute. Lily loved the matzah! We had a great time with the family and it was soooo nice all being together.
Trying out the big kid swing …
Monday was a special day for everyone (except Steve who had to go to work – poor SLM). Brendan, Lungi, Lindsay and I got to spend the day in the city and my parents and Aunt Gail got to spend the day with Lily. Lindsay and I met up in the city with Brendan and Lungi around lunchtime and we ate/drank/walked our way through the city. We had tacos in Chelsea Market and walked the High Line. We got drinks at a Mexican restaurant and then went to a dive bar that had champagne and wing specials. We ended at a rooftop bar and had views of the city that were unreal. It was truly awesome. There were so many conversations, so many laughs and it was so much fun! My parents and Aunt Gail picked up Lily from school and took her to park where she had an absolute blast. They read to her and played with her. She definitely had a ton of fun! We all hung out afterwards but were wiped!
Spices at Chelsea Market
Selfie at the High Line ❤
JahJah and Grammy at the park with Lily – she is having more fun that it seems I swear …
Drinks at the rooftop bar
Sister selfie (duck lips too …)
Jah Jah reading a book to his granddaughter ❤
Lungi and Brendan looking classy
At the High Line … we love and care about each other more than it looks based on how far apart we are sitting hahahaha
Tuesday was a shopping day. We took Lungi to some stores up by my and she got some great deals on bags and shoes! We all played with Lily a bunch and then Brendan and Lungi went back out shopping solo while Lindsay, Aunt Gail, my parents, Lily and I went for a quick walk to get some froyo! That evening Lindsay and I went to a Trivia Night and Brendan and Lungi went into the city for a romantic dinner.
Lily loved playing with this toy with Grammy
Should ride while JahJah pushed an empty car …
Loved this game with JahJah
Having fun times with Grammy
Reading with Aunt Lungi and Uncle Brendan
Wednesday was a sad day and everyone left. I had to say goodbye to my parents on Tuesday because they were going to be driving to the airport from LI, but, upon dropping Brendan and Lungi off at the airport my parents rolled up at the exact. same. time. It was amazing! I ran out to give them one last hug and kiss!
This trip was truly special and so much fun. It is not a secret that trips like these can be overwhelming and stressful when there is so much family in such a small window of time – but, I did not find any of it that way! I am so glad that we got to do everything we did and got to spend quality time together. It will be way too long before we are all together again! ❤