Sunday, January 8, 2017

Our Holiday Getaway

I'm here!  I didn't plan to take such a long hiatus; apparently, I am easing myself back into the new year.  Finn has been working on his two year molars for weeks now (and still nothing has poked through), and therefore his sleep is awful.  I'm so so tired every single day.  By the time both boys are in bed, I really don't want to do anything but lay down.  But here's to a new week.  I've got a massive to-do list staring me down, so I really need to be quite productive.

Way back in 2016, we spent the last week of the year up in the Pacific Northwest with my family.  My parents still wait until I'm home to celebrate Christmas, which I just love them for.  There really is nothing like being "home for the holidays".  I love walking in the door to all the familiar scents, sights, sounds.  It just feels like coming home.  The fireplace now holds many new stockings as our families have grown, and the sight of them all cramped together is one of my favorites.  I love thinking back to all the Christmas mornings of years past in the same family room.  






However, our week didn't go as planned at all.  My dad got very very sick while we were there.  He ended up spending some time in the hospital, which was hard for me to see.  I was happy to be home though.  Even though I didn't necessarily do anything, or help in any way, I felt like I could.  I was there.  I was part of the conversations.  I could give him hugs and be there.  I would have been devastated to be states away if this had happened at another time.  Living away from family is hard.  I want to be there when my parents need me.  So while his illness totally changed our holiday, I was just happy to be there.  It makes you enjoy all the simple moments much more.








We still made it out to the lake house where everyone relaxes.  It's good for all of us!  My dad was still able to be the boys.  Reading books, playing games, even tossing around a football.  The temperatures were freezing during our stay, but we still made it outside each day.  The lake was frozen over, perfect for morning walks & sleds.  And the massive snow banks allowed for fort building.  Liam called all the birds over in the mornings, and we nibbled the best maple bars in all the land.





 My dad is on the mend now and should be totally fine!  We already miss him like crazy, as well as the rest of the family.  The boys can never have enough cousin time, and this trip we were lucky to have the Montana cousins join us for a night at the lake!  I'm itching to be back and feel like we need a re-do visit.  I will be jetting home as soon as Conor's next work trip is planned.  

16 comments :

  1. I'm so sorry to hear that your Dad had to spend some time in the hospital, but glad that you were able to be home during that time, especially for your Mom. Happy to hear that he's on the mend! You got your to-do list this week, girl!

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  2. I love that you got to visit your family and spend some quality time together, I'm sorry your dad was sick while you were there though! A redo visit is a must! It still sounds like it was a lovely little visit and time spent with family. And those two year molars are the worst! Oliver has been working on cutting his since Christmas and it is awful; the poor babies. Thankfully two of his have cut through and a third is starting to pop through - as much as I hate them [and I know him too] and the sleep disruption that the cause, I'm ready for them to just hurry up and pop through so we can be over and done with them! I hope Finn's pop through soon so you can both get some sleep! Also, as always, your pictures make me swoon.

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  3. I'm so sorry your dad was sick! And especially over the holidays - the worst. Love that picture of Liam with the icicle. Having kids brings back the best childhood memories!

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  4. Beautiful pictures.. sounds like a wonderful time.
    Sorry to hear your dad wasn't well.. hope he is feeling better now.

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  5. Oh Laura, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Praying all is well with him and continues to be. The quality time with family is absolutely priceless and love all the photos you captured. Sweet memories in the making!

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, but so thankful that he's on the mend! You're so right, being states away is crushing when something like that happens. I'm so glad you were there to be with him.
    Oh my goodness, it looks like the boys had the best time. There is SO much snow!!!

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  7. Minus your dad's hospital stay it looks like a great holiday. I'm so sorry he was sick, but I'm glad the boys had special time with your parents.

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  8. So happy to hear your dad is feeling better! I hope his health continues to improve.

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  9. I'm so sorry your dad was so sick, Laura! That's really scary!

    My favorite picture is the boys bed head and your dad reading together. Precious.

    I don't want Conor to have another business trip- but I want you to get to spend time with your family again asap!

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  10. Your photos are so gorgeous of all that snow! Everything is SO WHITE, it's incredible and breath taking.
    So, so glad your dad is on the mend!

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  11. That snow is gorgeous! These pictures are beautiful!

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  12. Sorry to hear about your dad but glad that he's already doing better. Your snow photos amaze me, especially when it's an all white background!!!

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  13. Bummer about your dad, glad he'll be ok. What a beautiful getaway, I love all the SNOW. I missed having a WHITE Christmas this year.. The sledding location/pictures are amazing, looks like you were in the Antarctic. As always, glad you got in some good family time!!

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, but I am SO GLAD he is on the mend. Your pictures are just gorgeous--they truly capture the essence of the trip. There's something magical about being home (especially for the holidays). Wishing you another visit soon!

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  15. What a wonderful visit. I'm so sorry your dad was sick but happy to hear he is doing better. I know (from experience) it is so difficult be away from family when they're not well like that.

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  16. That last pic is the sweetest. I'm sorry your dad was sick, but I am glad he is good now and it was nice that you could be there at the time...even if just for some hugs.

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