so here's the reader's digest version of my last month (longer bits about some of this to come):
a week spent with family. 15 to 20 people staying with us. wall-to-wall sleeping arrangements. lots of laughter and fun.
a niece being stung by a sting ray complete with a trip to the life guard station and an infection that developed a week later.
late nights talking.
flying cross-country with my sister, brother-in-law and their two girls. M and B sharing the seat next to me on the plane to watch a movie.
rescuing a small frog from sure death by lawn mower.
delicious desserts from mrs. london's in saratoga springs.
babysitting so J & R could celebrate their anniversary. complete with "pat pat" and playing with friends.
a picnic in a park complete with visiting (and surreptitiously feeding) the ducks, riding the carousel (twice), and making wishes in the pond.
exploring the hyde collection (a local art treasure only about 20 minutes from J & R's house), where we fell in love with works by degas, rubens, picasso, rembrandt, among others.
discovering rock hill bakehouse cafe, home of the best chicken salad sandwich i've ever eaten. and, to top it all off, the best cookies i've ever eaten. (and then there was the boylan's diet creme soda--so tasty). have i mentioned that i love bakeries?
a day trip to boston, with stops in concord, at the isabella stewart gardner museum, faneuil hall, the north end, and harvard square.
a roadtrip south to visit our brother and his wife and family.
two days in deep creek, maryland, full of fun and rainstorms.
an excursion to fallingwater. which confirmed to me frank lloyd wright's absolute genius.
a couple of days in virginia with children playing and action movies.
finally finishing a school project that i let hang over my head for way too long...
a horse and buggy ride through saratoga springs on an absolutely gorgeous summer night.
a meandering drive through glens falls in an effort to retrace our steps to the rock hill bakehouse only to be thwarted when we got there and discovered they were inexplicably closed for the day.
a long trip home to the tune of wilco in anticipation of their concert (which i went to last night).
and throughout it all, lots of laughter and conversation and beautiful little children.