Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Home Again

Well, that was a longer blog break than I intended to take....

So first a little catch up.  The day after my last post (weeks ago!) Claire had her annual eye appointment.  Since we were coming off of the trauma of a blood draw and a haircut, there were the expected tears.  Still we managed to get her eyes cleared for another year.  She is slightly far sighted, but the dr didn't expect that she would need glasses until she was school aged, at the earliest.


We got home last night from vacation.  And while I wasn't ready for vacation to be over, there is still something so comforting about pulling into your own driveway after being away.

Claire did great on both flights, even though she was awake the entire way there.  It was a little difficult to keep her occupied, but since one of the ladies in front of us said she didn't even realize Claire was behind her, I think we did ok  :)

We spent the last few days with family in Michigan, and had a fabulous time.  As expected, much of our time was spent on the lake or in the pool.  As much as Claire enjoys the bath I knew she would love the pool, and she didn't let me down.  We were in the pool for hours a day, and most days she would have happily stayed in longer.  There were lots of pruney fingers and toes!

The ear plugs didn't really work.  I don't know if we were just doing them wrong or what, but they lasted, at most, ten minutes.  I wasn't planning on throwing Claire in the water (and we didn't), but when she was blowing bubbles or leaning forward in the floaty for a toy, the water did come awfully close to filling her ears at times.

Claire was funny with the floaty ring.  Sometimes she couldn't get enough of it, and other times (sometimes only two hours later) she refused to go in it.

Besides swimming, there was lots of lounging around, chatting....

and just enjoying the view.

And since I did a terrible job taking pictures while we were gone, that's all I have for photos...

In addition to the pool, we also visited the Edsel & Eleanor Ford house.  The house and the grounds were beautiful. The house, though quite large, really felt like a home, even though it was filled with beautiful antiques and artwork.

We also took a boat ride down the river to Detroit.  I wish I had brought my camera for this. The difference between the residential neighborhood we stayed in, and the city of Detroit was amazing and sad.  The sheer number of abandoned buildings and open space in the middle of a city is hard to imagine unless you've seen it.

While it was back to work for us all today, we had a great, relaxing vacation.  I think this was one of the few vacations where I didn't need another vacation to recover from the one we just finished.


  1. Well the pictures that you do have, are wonderful and sometimes the sign of a fabulous trip is very few pictures because you are too busy enjoying the moments.

    Much love form us to you and we can't wait till you take another plan trip our way1

  2. Glad you had a good trip. The pictures are gorgeous!

  3. ahh, that sounds so relaxing. What a wonderful way to recharge and obviously Claire loved every second of it. Take care of each other, friend. Glad you are home.

  4. What's the deal with the ear plugs? Glad you had such a wonderful vacation!

  5. Actual relaxing vacations are so rare - glad you got one! We've got one (I hope it's relaxing!) coming up starting next week. Can't wait!

    Ear plugs - good idea!

  6. Russell loves going in his floaty down at the river...I tried ear plugs once too, there really was no point! They were impossible to keep in!! So I am just really careful water doesn't get in his ears...So far we haven't had any problems. Glad you had a great vacation :)

  7. Im so so glad you had fun and has some time with family!

    And she is one beautiful little waterbaby!


  8. Wow, that is a truly beautiful view! Arina did not like her floaty at all! So we either have to hold her, or go to a pool that has the gradual incline, so she can splash and play safely!

  9. Glad you had fun. The pictures are beautiful. Luc won't tolerate plugs in his ears so we just try to keep him above water. You'll have to let me know if you find something that works.

    Welcome back to the grind ;)

  10. What a little duck! You can tell by the look on her face that she is loving that pool. And that view! I guess it is easy to understand how you didn't come home stressed. Welcome home!

  11. What a little fish Claire is - glad she isn't afraid of the water. Looks like a gorgeous pool Melissa.

    Can you believe it's almost mid-August?

  12. So nice to have a vacation - hope the humidity of MI did not put you into shock! The pool pictures are great,

  13. LOVE the picture of Miss Claire :)

  14. Melissa- the pictures of Claire in the swimming pool are so adorable!! Thanks for commenting on my blog- it's so nice to meet more Mamas around the country that share a part of this journey!

  15. I can't believe I didn't comment on your post yet because I know I read it already! The first pic of Claire is so cute! Jesenia is still not so sure of cold water but she adores the tub!

    What day are you coming down? I really don't think I'm going to do the walk. I just don't want to have to rush around afterwards since I have to be at work 1:50 and I'll have to take the kids back home before I go in but I really want to see you guys. Just send me a FB message. That will probably be easier.


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