In early September Conor had his longest business trip ever... 11 days!!! So I did what I always do and flew home. My parents helped me keep my sanity while the boys & I missed Conor like crazy. I'm always so thankful for how hands on they are with the boys! And all the home cooked meals & the laundry that magically takes care of itself. The baths that are given, the coffee delivered, and the bottoms wiped so that I may sneak in a few extra minutes of sleep. Nana & Pops take such good care of us!
This trip was also full of plenty of cousin time for Liam. My brother & his family joined us for dinner three of the nights I was home. I love being around my parents same kitchen table with my brother once again. Many special moments were had. Seeing Pops kick around a soccer ball in the backyard. Lowering the basketball hoop for the toddlers and teaching them H-O-R-S-E; a game that my brother & I spent countless hours playing together. Watching the cousins play with the dollhouse that my grandpa built for me. It was simply some of the best family time I have had.
And then the lake! Oh the lake! A place where I feel my body instantly relax as soon as I arrive. Aside from one rainy day (when we did all the baking), we had gorgeous weather. Boat rides. Digging in the forest sandbox. Tree house climbing. Slug finding. Swinging. Flower & vegetable picking. Just so much time outside in all the beautiful sunshine! There really is no place I would rather be.
This trip home was really just a dream. We missed Conor terribly, and I was so ready to have my partner in parenthood back, but it went as well as it possibly could have. Regardless, I told him he's never allowed to leave us for that long again. He may have a trip to Europe sometime before the year is over, so I may be able to sneak in another trip home. I can't wait!