Vacation part II; Daddy edition

We got back and dove right into…. MORE VACATION.  Lars took the balance of the week of and, for once, work has actually been good the past few days so he actually has been able to be with us.  The catnip-like draw of his long lost BFF is a little like standing in the shadow of the empire state building but he did tell me that “we have all our lives together” so that is comforting even after not seeing him for a MONTH.  Anyway….


Konrad and the girls got a crash course in each other in the car on the way.  He got mistaken for their dad plenty of times and he got to enjoy the compliments from strangers that make the behavior feel just a bit better because *someone* thinks they are darling.  They are all playing a game right now and ‘oh darn’ it is only a 4 person game so I have 15 min for the blog land.  We have been keeping very busy and the mere fact that Lars is active and available plus a houseguest means that our normal routine is not just out the window it is 50 miles away.  On the bright side, Fiona decided to sleep until 8am this morning!  That is probably a reaction to a few late nights and finally getting over this beauty.


I tagged this “babyfightclub’ on instagram but it was just a bug bite and 3 days later you can hardly tell.  I did feel compelled to tell every person looking critically at her that it was a bite and not some gross contagious disease since we did take her to the mall of america the day after it ‘bloomed’.  Everyone loves the mall and I think Konrad was possibly even impressed by the park.  We ate overpriced underwhelming food (per normal) but otherwise it was a very nice afternoon.

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Yesterday we had a semi normal day and in the evening we went up to our friends house and did the fireworks we got in WI.  They were really GREAT fireworks and I have to remember next year that the one named HOT HOT HOT was particularly great.  All the kids loved the sparklers and it was very fun to see the surly teenager turn back into an energetic little boy when he got to play with sparklers (and even a roman candle under penalty of death).  Fiona clapped and cheered and loved it all and left the evening saying “wireworks go BOOM!” (she has no F in her speech yet… she says her name is Mona)


baby and bottle rockets…. what could go wrong?

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Today we braved the 90% humidity to play in the Tamarack Nature park (stick park) and I always find it funny that places like that are crowded on the week days but nearly empty on weekends.  I don’t know if everyone is going up north or working parents just don’t know its around but there were maybe 4 families there total.  I didn’t get any pictures unfortunately but Zoe has found her grove as a rock climber and Konrad described one of her climbs as “holding onto texture”.  Since my parents met because of rock climbing I think it is in my genes so I take full credit.  I’ll be sorry when I get texted a selfie from a colorado mt titled “trails are for sissies’ and see nothing but clouds below my middle born – but lets not borrow trouble….


We are totally unplanned and that is a little bit cringe worthy for me but it works overall.  So far things have fallen into place and I trust the next three days will too.  Ok, the game is over and dinner is calling so that is the update from me; still on vacation… or staycation… but adding a daddy to the mix does make it better 🙂


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