One of my closest friend’s moved to New York years ago. It’s been so many years that I can’t remember if it was before or after I had Aidan. But thankfully with technology we are able to keep in regular tough. We facebook, we whatsapp (if you don’t have whatsapp, you need to get it), and we email… usually at least once a week.
Last year she made a special trip out from NY with her family to see us while we were home. It took a lot of coordination on her part for what ended up just a few hours of time, and of those few hours, I was entertaining a house full of guests. But it didn’t matter. We got to see each other, we got to see each other’s kids (some for the first time in person!) and that made all the difference in the world.
When I planned this vacation back in the start of the year, I had no idea I’d be so lucky as to get to see Urs and her family again!! Their vacation on the Cape ended on the night I arrived. So once again, they went out of their way to arrange for a hotel for just one night nearby and we made plans to see each other on our first full day here.
I was a little ambivilent about making plans for too early in the morning with the kids on our first full day in the States, but given their history of getting up at the crack (as in 3AM) of dawn I figured we were safe and we were. They made it til 5AM which was fairly late for them and by 8:30 we were at Target. So to meet at the zoo at 10:30 was a piece of cake.
Southwicks’ Zoo is our absolute favorite zoo on earth. When we lived in the States we had three zoos we frequented – Southwicks (the big zoo), Roger Williams (the medium zoo) and Capron Park (the small zoo). We can and did spend the entire day at Southwicks. Now given we had 4 kids with us, we didn’t get in as much talking time and many of our conversations were interrupted by “mommy, mommy, mommy” but just getting to have some quality time with one of my closest friends made the interruptions worth it. And to have our kids getting to know each other was priceless. Both Liam and Logan (who happens to be the same age as Liam) hit it off as though they had known each other for years when in fact they’ve only met each other maybe 3 times in their 5 years on earth. But they are both incredibly social creatures and were BFF’s in moments. Aidan was less than thrilled at being the oldest kid but in the end, had a great time.
One of the best parts of coming back to the States is meeting up with all these amazing people in my life, some of which I hadn’t seen in years but manage to connect with at some point during my trip. We hung out with Urs and her family til around 4, having 5 precious hours (which is not enough but am so glad that we had) in which to reconnect. Then we met up with Josh whom the kids hadn’t seen in over a week.
Josh and I had planned a date night since this was literally the first time we’ve both been on American soil in over 2 1/2 years…but plans never work out the way we make them and so we decided to take the kids with us and I’m so glad we did. We had the best family dinner that we’ve had in a long time with everyone in fantastic moods and just high on life from being home. We went to our favorite restaurant, Hemenways, in Providence where the kids had never been…but given what great seafood eaters they are, I think that this will become a family destination when we get back instead of just a date night one.
So far vacation is off to a great start with lots more reunions, playdates and events coming up in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share all of our adventures with everyone!!