Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fun with Kirchner cousins

As a family we've been busy enjoying some extra time with one another to close out Kate's maternity leave.  2 weekends ago the 4 of us went to the cabin to spend some extra time enjoying the sun at the lake.  We figured we better go now because it was going to be challenging once Kate returned to work to get any extra days up there.  We were fortunate to have Uncle Scott, Aunt Morgan and Cousin Payton join us as well.  The girls traveled great on the way to the cabin but both seemed to have a bit of issues with the summer solstice!  2 of the days Maeve skipped her nap all together (neither Mom or Dad are ready for this yet when she consistently wakes up at 6am or earlier every day) and 1 night we couldn't get her to fall asleep until after 9 pm.  It's safe to say she was enjoying summer and her time at the cabin!  Unfortunately we had more wind than we would have liked but that didn't stop Maeve from getting on the new iPlay oversized floating raft.  Once she realized there was both a pink and blue side she was far more interested in the pink side versus blue and insisted on Dad turning it over.  Dad managed to get in his first few runs of waterskiing. Thanks to Grandpa Steve for driving the boat and Grandma Jan for assisting in watching the girls.  Mom managed to develop some type of eye infection over the weekend that required us to use technology to connect with a doctor.  Fortunately, Dad thought of this genius idea to use an iPad to connect with the doctor virtually and after about 10 minutes and $8, we had meds and we were on our way to recovery...or so we thought.  We gave the local pharmacy enough time to begin filling the prescription prior to going to pick it up.  As a family we all headed into town and Dad decided he would wait in the truck while Mom quick ran in to pick up her medicine.  After about 25 minutes Mom still had not come back to the truck and didn't have her cell phone with her and Maeve was getting impatient.   Turns out, so was Mom.  There was little communication about the hold up, and Mom insisted I just take the girls to the town park to play.  I came back 20 minutes later and she was just finishing up.  No one expected a 45 minute wait for some simple eye drops - turns out the delay was related to insurance hold ups more than the local pharmacy, but still extremely frustrating and not the way we intended to spend the morning.  Maeve still isn't quite understanding the fact that we can only watch Frozen while driving to/from the cabin versus running errands around town.  The DVD player built into Dad's truck has come in handy for our road trips this summer!!

Yesterday we celebrated the wedding of Eric's cousin, Brent Pomeroy and his bride, Leslie Sabbann.  It was a beautiful day but also a scorcher!!  Dew points were easily in the low 70's and the temperature was approaching 100.  It made for a tough day to put on a shirt and tie but the special occasion called for it!  We took the girls to the MN Zoo in the morning hoping to wear them out so they would take an early nap and cooperate with us for the wedding later that afternoon.  While it was a good idea, our toddler Maeve helped remind both Mom and Dad that advanced planning/scheduling doesn't always work with young kids!  Maeve fell asleep before we even got out of the zoo parking lot, and the transfer didn't go so well.  A 30 minute nap and she was ready to read books and play.  The ceremony was a beautiful ceremony where we got to see many of our extended family members that we had not seen in a while.  It's always great catching up although both Kate and I feel as though we did not get to socialize as much as we would have liked to because we were chasing around 2 kids - 1 of which did not nap well earlier either!  It was an afternoon ceremony so between the ceremony and reception we were able to head to Downtown Stillwater for some pictures and light appetizers.  With the 2 young kids we were home by 8 to keep bedtime routines - my how times change!

Enjoy the pictures and wish us luck as we work to develop a new routine with 2 kiddos in daycare and Mom's 1st week back at the office!


  1. Beautiful photos! I am glad you got to enjoy your maternity leave and got some relaxing trips in :) Miss all of you!

  2. What a wonderful couple of weeks it has been!! Grateful to spend time with all of you and look forward to sharing more fun times together at the lake on the i- float and at the pool !! So fun to see all of these photos, love seeing our three granddaughters together at the lake. Thanks and we will be thinking of all of you tomorrow morning as a new daily schedule begins. Love to all ! Grandma Jan

  3. Wonderful pictures! Love all the outfits that Maeve and Cecilia are wearing. You have all had many special times during the past three months with many fun events to look forward to! Thinking of all of you this week as the new schedules begin.

  4. By Picture 23, it looks like Maeve had run out of gas with pictures. Pretty darn cute family