My mother was the first to arrive and the longest to stay. I wanted her here for when Wren was born, but that is always tricky when you don't know when the baby will arrive. Since she works from home she decided that she could just come 2 weeks before my due date and leave 2 weeks after it. I just couldn't believe it, Kevin and I were both so excited (and relieved) to have her so long. It was the best thing we could have done for Jude, I think his transition to having a new baby was much easier since Oma was around. And when she went back to GA I was left marvelling at the sudden bulk of dirty dishes that weren't miraculously cleaned every night. I just can't say enough about how helpful she was, we were very blessed by the time she spent here with us. I cried (as usual) when she left, it just felt very natural to have her around.
I love this picture, it about sums it up. Oma is soooo FUN and Jude just loves her.
Mom did this in Wren's room
Touch a Truck Day
Oma trying real hard to convince Jude that Wren is a good thing
Ok, we have a cemetary accross the street from our house... AGAIN!
Then my sister, Rebekah came for a week. Sooo fun with "Aunt Bek." Jude loved her immediately. She jumped right into our chaos as if she belonged there. We did lots of things, including throwing a baby shower, hiking, strawberry picking, and biking (Kevin took Bekah on a bike tour and then she ventured out solo another day). She left a lasting impression on Jude, he often asks to call Aunt Bek on the phone. And we can't eat a strawberry without him saying something about picking them with her.
Went on a little waterfall hike
Lovely walk by the lake
The aforementioned strawberry picking.
And then came Grandmom. Grandmom's visit was special because she came during Jude's birthday! We had such a great time, she really enjoyed holding Wren a lot and doing crafts with Jude. She did ALL my dishes everyday and we just had the best time. It truly felt like a relaxing vacation for us all. This is the awesome tractor that she bought for him at the farm we visited.
I love this picture of Kevin with his mom
King Jude, age 2
Wilton train pan, 3 loaf pans, star icing tip, and 1 carpal tunnel syndrome later...
Grandmom spent a lot of time holding Wren.
We took Jude to a great local farm, he loved seeing all the animals.
We also went on a touristy cruise around Burlington, it was even educational!
Next some dear friends from NJ came to spend the weekend with us. David, Kevin, Whitney, Josh, Frank, Rosy
David and Kevin led worship for us on Sunday morning, it was so nice to hear them again. Of course, Jude LOVES it when David plays the guitar with him.
THEN, the next weekend we headed down to NJ ourselves. Kevin taught on Sunday morning at the Point. We saw some lovely friends, visited our favorite spots, but were ready to get back "home" to VT. Jude buckled down for the long car ride with some light reading about trucks and trains.
Next we had Mimi and Papa come to town! We had such a special fun time with them. We did lots of things, farmer's market, Summervale picnic, shopped Church Street, beached, kayaked. I'm so glad that they liked Burlington, we were not ready for them to leave! Here we are on Church Street watching some street performers.
We spent a morning at the beach, Wren wiped out on the sand. We had a picnic breakfast and Dad and Kevin went for a ride on the kayaks.
Jude loved playing with Mimi in the sand.
One evening we went to a weekly summertime event in a farming area of Burlington, called the Intervale. They have live music and several local restaurants set up booths with good food to purchase. This was a lot of fun, a relaxing evening.
Part 2 to come of our time in Georgia.