2011 In Review – June
June was a fantastic month for our family. As we began to settle in to our home in Sierra Vista, we learned all about the heat of an Arizona summer. Being that our house only had a swamp cooler, we invested in a small kiddie pool for our back yard (which is just rocks, by the way). We spent quite a few afternoons hanging out in the kiddie pool. That is, until we emptied it and leaned it up against the house for the night. It was gone the next morning and we never did find where the wind had dropped it overnight. One of our poor neighbors woke up with a random kiddie pool in their back yard. I still giggle just thinking about it.
After we lost our kiddie pool we ventured out to the indoor pool here in town, just a mile from our house. It’s actually a wave pool with free tubes. Jacob LOVED it. He liked to crawl and splash in the water and ride in the tube with either of us. He especially liked to be held out in front of us and zoomed around in circles just barely in the water. I think we may have a little fish on our hands. It also provided a really great place for him to work on walking, without us being afraid of the falls that come with that territory.
In the late part of May and beginning of June, Jacob and I took a 4 1/2 hour flight from Phoenix to Boston for the wedding of two very important people to me. We woke up very early one morning, drove 3 hours to Phoenix and then jumped on the plane. I cannot believe how well it went. The worst part was getting all of our luggage, the stroller, car seat & base, pack and play AND Jacob from the car, to the shuttle, to the check in gate! I must have looked like a crazy woman with all of that stuff and just me and the little tyke. Like I said though – Jacob was a DREAM on the plane! We watched some Baby Einstein, read some books and chatted with the foreign woman next to us (who even offered to hold him for a moment so I could have a short break). She was kind enough to let Jacob crinkle and rip up her magazine.
We were able to spend 8 whole days in the beach house where I visited my grandparents during the summers. The house now belongs to my lovely Aunt Laura and her family. It was the first time I’d returned since the passing of my grandparents and although it was weird to be at the beach house without Nana and Papa, it was a truly enjoyable weekend.
Halfway through our trip, we loaded up, drove about an hour and celebrated the marriage of two of my very dearest friends – Lauren and Billy. Lauren was kind enough to allow me to stand up as a bridesmaid on the most important day in her life. It was truly an honor to get to support one of my closest friends on her wedding day. The ceremony and reception were beautiful, as was the bride, of course. I rarely cry at weddings and watching my cousin declare his love for Lauren brought tears to my eyes. I wish them all the best in the future and I love them both so very dearly.
Photos by John Schreiber Photography
Jacob was an amazing little baby the entire trip. He loves being around all of the people, the cousins and the family. We even took a walk down to the beach outside the house. He got to put his little toes in the sand and we walked into the surf a few feet (it was still pretty chilly). I let him pick out a few seashells, which he promptly tried to eat. And then he spent a few minutes just sitting and looking out at the vastness of the bay.
It was a wonderful trip and so nice to see family that I hadn’t seen in years. They were all so thrilled to meet Jacob and take in his chubby cheeks and adorable little smile. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and a better little baby to accompany me.