We left home on Thursday morning and we’ve been in Connecticut for less than two days. But what a full couple of days it has been! Here is a quick summary in pictures.
When we arrived we were welcomed by beautifully made beds and fresh cut flowers, in the Mimi tradition:
Mimi has just returned from a trip to France, where she was at the (very unexpected) funeral for her older sister. Needless to say, our hearts have been heavy with the news, which comes just a year after my grandmother in France passed away, and two years after my cousin passed. Needless to say, our hearts have been full, and we’re all the more appreciative for the time together as a family.
After dropping off our belongings, the kids raced up into the woods to check on the lean-to (aka The Fort) to see if it was still intact:
And then, they wanted help from Papi to create swords and signage in his shop:
There was lots of running back and forth!
In spite of being super excited, the boys were willing to be still momentarily and smile for a few pictures (two very unusual things, especially in combination):
The one up above is one of my new very favorite pictures of the boys. It has been so long since I was able to get a good one of both of them smiling!
Here is a close up on the signage (with The Fort in the background) in case you didn’t get a chance to appreciate it:
While the kids were running back and forth with Stephanie and another adult, I realized that my dad had purchased a few books in preparation for our visit:
The day wound down with lots of yummy food (which almost goes without saying!). The boys played with their Legos, and then Papi and Wynn played a new puzzle game called Katamino:
Today started with a trip to check on The Fort (of course). So far, all is well:
Wynn learned how to play with pencils that turn into watercolors:
And did a little coloring with Papi:
Wynn was really excited about his new sword:
He got knighted by Papi (Sir Wynn! Sir Wynn!) for slaying a dragon and saving the kingdom.
“Mama, Papi is making that part up!” ‘That’s ok Wynn, it’s a cool story!” And then he had a fierce battle with Mommy (because she is way more fun than Mama):
After lunch, Wynn did some more painting:
And he made some beautiful new creations:
Meanwhile, Papi and Auden took apart some electronics to learn what was inside, and Auden learned about electricity, too:
Before dinner we decided to spend a little more time outdoors. Aunt Erika played some freestyle badminton with the boys. And then Stephanie led us on a tour around the fields:
Along the way we had a second sighting of a female turkey! Stephanie and Wynn were a little freaked out that she was going to attack us:
In the end, though, our circuit was uneventful. Which is not to say the day itself was uneventful … there were a few critical moments I did NOT catch on film (I know, hard to believe given how many pictures I took!).
The first was when Auden was helping Stephanie look for a long stick that she could use for swordfighting. He managed to disrupt a wasp or yellowjacket nest, and got stung on his left temple. He whacked it and it fell into his hand, but Stephanie was screaming at him to run because he had four more swarming around his head. At bathtime tonight, Auden was covered with scrapes, scratches, and other bugbites – he’s just a little worse for wear.
During Wynn’s bath I discovered two ticks burrowing into his skin. I will admit that freaked me out way more than the bee incident, mainly because Lyme is a known recursor for autoimmune diseases, and I want to do everything I can to save my kids from the living hell I’ve been through in the past few years. And seeing a bug halfway into his skin was absolutely foul. Thank goodness we did baths tonight! I smothered the two ticks with rubbing alcohol and pulled them out with tweezers. But I am going to be freaked out for days; I really hope we don’t have to put him on antibiotics.
I don’t know about you, but all that activity made me tired. It was fun, but let’s hope that Independence Day is a wee bit less eventful – it was a very full day.