And hang out we did. Here's a typical day:
7:20 - Natalie wakes up, we have some chill time in our lair downstairs so we don't wake anyone up, then go to the kitchen to get breakfy.
(taking pictures for Daddy was part of our morning routine)
8:00 - the house is still quiet so Natalie and I venture down the mountain for some Einstein Brother's Bagel magic, and then go for a walk around that flatter neighborhood. (I learned my lesson after two days of extreme huffing and puffing around the Bee's.) These walks were probably my favorite thing about this trip - I LOVED the crisp, clear mountain air and it felt great to be getting some exercise. Plus, I had Dan Brown's new book on my iPod, so it was a good time to "read."
|"here, Kitty, have some milk!"|
|doesn't this look like Longbourne from P and P? ...anyone?|
|our turnaround point|
|I thought this was a very whimsical planting and I wanted to remember it for my garden|
|I mean, come on. Priceless.|
|my beautiful eggs benedict at my new favorite place, Eggs in the City|
|she loves hocho, just like her mommy : )|
|can't believe she's a GREAT-grammy bee!|
Afternoon - (see above) + a nap for Natalie somewhere in there
|a lot of French Open, too|
More Temple Square
Evening - usually dinner at the Bee's or at another family member's house, then Natalie's down at 8 and we stay up watching Anne of Green Gables, playing cards, and eating way too much ice cream. And Black Cherry Shasta. And chocolate cake. And Grandma Sycamore's bread, toasted with homemade raspberry jam. (Don't know what Gma Syc's is? YOU'RE MISSING OUT. It's a STAPLE in our Utah vocabulary.) ...more ice cream.
Basically, Natalie and I had good bonding time in the morning, then I hung out with Grammy Bee, my mom, and my sister, we had delicious food all day every day, enjoyed our outings, but also enjoyed staying home watching Natalie crawl into the toy cupboard and climb on everything and eating yet more delicious and completely necessary desserts. It was grand : ) BUT I am never as content without my husband by my side, and Natalie definitely missed her daddy, so we are very happy to be home.
Also, no apologies for the length or number of pictures in this post. I want to remember it all!