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How much can we pack into 5 days?

5 Aug

Whew! The last five days have been quite a whirlwind. My cousin Brooke and her two seriously adorable little ones, Kennedy and Jameson, came to stay with me while Brian was out-of-town (he was off hiking the backwoods of Yosemite like the mountain man he is).

Brooke is like a sister to me and getting to spend quality time with her and the kids is a treat- we played, we swam, we bbq’d, we did facials, we watched movies, we danced (Jameson can really shake it) and we spent a day at Disneyland- the most magical place on earth for everyone…but me!  I kinda feel like a horrible human for admitting that- I mean who doesnt’ like Disneyland?!? Only a soulless person, right? That place just tires me out, man. I find waiting in insanely long lines in extreme heat…painful. I find the sound of Disney princesses’ voices irritating. I find having to pay 30 bucks for a churro, hurtful. I find crowds anxiety inducing. I mean…where’s the Xanax? The whole place makes me feel like I am being slowly tortured. BUT, I love those two kids more than life so off to Disneyland I went.  I even wore a crown at lunch. A CROWN. I’d like to think my complaining was kept to a minimum, but, then again, I’m sure Brooke would have a different take.

I will admit that it was nice to see Disneyland through the kids eyes. They were both totally wowed by everything (I mean Ariel from The Little Mermaid spoke to us for christ’s sake!) and it’s nice to be present in the joy of it all. I also have to admit that every time I spend extended periods of time with small children in general I always end up thinking…huh…maybe I can wait a few more years till I do this whole baby thing. I mean babies are no joke. They are soooo hard to please. Like what the? They also like to wake up super early! And they are ready to party the first second they wake up. It’s a bit alarming. The small ones also really like to touch everything in the house. You gotta keep your eye on those ones.

But I survived (with only one broken glass) and was heavyhearted to see them go. I mean how often does one get to come home to a million post-it notes decorating the front door to welcome you home? Especially when one of the notes depicts you dancing under a disco ball.

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1 Aug

Brian left town yesterday for his week of backpacking through the woods. I was sad to see him go but he’s sooooo excited to drop off the grid for a few days, camp, hike and take pictures with his best buds from college. I realized Monday night as he packed up his bag (a very heavy and large backpack that he has to carry for 5 miles a day…sounds awful, right?) that since moving in together last year, I had never stayed in our place alone- it’s usually me packing up and leaving for trips! But this time, I’m the one getting left. I like this less. I went out for dinner last night and when I got home I walked in the door to silence. I missed his voice excitedly saying “honey!!!”, followed by a hug. I’m so accustomed to having him around. He’s my partner in crime and my best friend. The silence won’t last long though. My cousin Brooke and her two kids, ages 1 and 8, are coming to visit me from up north tonight. It should be a fun 5 days of hanging with some of my favorite humans. On the agenda- the beach, walks, shopping, eating and last, but not least, a day at Disneyland. I haven’t been to Disneyland in ages and I am looking forward to riding Peter Pan (my favorite as a kid) and to eating a funnel cake (maybe two). I guess going to Disneyland is kinda like an artist date. I won’t be alone, but it’s a good exercise in letting my inner kid out to play! Lots of pictures to come…

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