I was able to visit my parents in Kentucky for about two weeks in April. It was my mom’s Spring Break so she had one week off with us and then I also was able to meet some of the clients I work with all the time but have never met. I was even there over my dad’s birthday, which was really fun! The weather was amazing pretty much the entire time so we went on walks down the street almost nightly, got to play outside, go to the park, eat dinners outside on the patio, and even play in the sprinklers. It made the trip so enjoyable and relaxing, exactly what I needed to get me out of a funk!
I’ve got a video coming up for our trip and hopefully some zoo pictures from my dad, but until then… here are a couple instagrams!
The Monday after Christmas, Finn, Eva, and I headed to Kentucky to visit my parents. It was the first time I had flown with both kids, I was a little nervous but it went pretty well. I lucked out both flying out there and coming back by my original flights with a connection getting delayed or canceled so they put me on direct flights each way!
The first week I was there, my mom was still on Christmas vacation. We ate a lot of treats (my Aunt from Greece sent Baklava), played hard with the kids, and celebrated on New Years. For New Years Eve, we turned on the ball drop from 2015 on Youtube at 7 pm so Eva could celebrate with us! We had a little dance party and even let Eva drink sparkling cider from fancy glasses. That girl loves a good party. We were party animals and caught up on Good Wife that night together!
On New Years Day, we had a couple people over for sour kraut and ribs to ring in the new year with good luck! And then over the weekend, my mom gave a great lesson in Relief Society about setting goals, so it was fun to be there for that.
While I was in Kentucky, my dad and I took the kids to the Children’s museum and then the next day we all went to the aquarium together. My mom had Friday off of school so we took the day to shop up at Kenwood, which we always enjoy doing together! The kids were perfect that afternoon and Finn was in my wrap, smiling at everyone he passed.
Let’s see other highlights…
My dad has an office now at the Levee so I got to check that out! It’s a great space and very exciting!
We visited with my uncle and aunt, along with my sister Ashley, at Larosa’s
Ashley spent a couple days with us and played tons with Eva. She taught her how to play “Family” or “House” where Eva called her “sweet pea.”
We got to meet Ashley’s scary cat, which made us all laugh so much afterwards.
I met up with my friends Lelia and Kelly. It was nice to catch up with old friends from High School!
We made a gingerbread house together.
I ate all my KY/Cincinnati foods while I was there… Skyline, Larosa’s, Busken cookies, Graeter’s Ice Cream
TJ has been working at his new job now for three months and really has enjoyed it. It’s been a great company to work for with so many great benefits and perks. Plus, we both love that the commute time is just a short five minute walk since we only have car. Last week his team went on a trip to San Francisco and then to Portland. It looks like they had a good time. I was pretty jealous that he got to go on this trip but I have traveled a lot without him, so I guess it was okay . Don’t you love this photobombing couple behind TJ? Makes me laugh so much!
Here are some other work-related photos:
His team has done a couple hikes this summer, including Mt. Timp which is where this photo was taken.
They have a cafeteria at his office with really good food, so we have come to eat with TJ a couple times this summer.
After a week in Delaware, we went back to Kentucky with my parents to stay with them for a week. I hadn’t been home in the summer for three years and won’t be back until after I have the baby, so it was really nice to visit even if the humidity almost killed me.
On our visit, we went to some parks, visited with old friends and neighbors, swam at the pool, walked around the Levee and the Banks, visited Findlay Market, and played a lot of little games with Eva. She just had a ball with her grandparents and it was so fun to see them interact with Eva.
For the week of the 4th of July, I went with my parents and my sister’s family to a beach in Delaware. This is the third 4th of July we’ve all spent together and it’s becoming a fun tradition! Eva had a great time with her cousins and I couldn’t get enough of relaxing on the beach. Other than the beach, we spent a lot of time at the pool which had a lazy river and some slides for the kids, celebrated Amelia’s birthday (and got eaten alive by flies and mosquitos), watched some people who were crabbing, took the kids to a little funland place with lots of rides, watched lots of performances by the girls, ate delicious dinners and desserts by my sister, and zonked out each night very early! It was a great trip!
https://katiederrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/logo.png00Katiehttps://katiederrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/logo.pngKatie2015-03-26 18:23:472015-03-26 18:23:47Out on the Town with Eva and the FS7
Eva and I went to Texas last week to visit my brother and his wife. It had been two and a half years since I had last seen them because their work schedules are pretty rigorous, so it was way overdue. It rained and was cold the entire time, which was quite disappointing, but we still enjoyed visiting and catching up.
While we were there, we were able to drive to Ft. Worth to see my Great Aunt who I hadn’t seen for probably 15 years. She is now 101 and still in good health. She cried when we left, which was heartbreaking, but it made me so happy that we got to see her and that she got to meet her little great-great-niece.
Thanks for having us, Sam & Ashley! We will miss you guys and those dogs of yours!