Happy Weekend, All! The Larkin Fam has been having such a great time in Chicago. It feels like it’s been ages since we had a weekend all to ourselves here, and we’ve definitely been enjoying it. :) Did I tell you that we’re reserving one weekend per month for our little family? No plans whatsoever; just family fun! Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Mitch here! Pardon the Grizzly Adams appearance, but fatherhood, full-time teaching and part-time “blog husbanding” have clearly taken their toll on my appearance. To my mother and mother-in-law: I’m sorry, Ladies. I’m sorry for screwing up the Christmas card photos and for scaring your friends. I promise that by Christmas, I’ll have this taken care of.
I’ll admit it: I’m not the best patient. When I was 13, I was in so much pain from a sunburn that I begged my parents to take me to the hospital. (Eye roll.) And when I was 21, I landed myself a thousand-dollar emergency room bill that took me a solid year to pay off because I marched myself over to New York Presbyterian thinking I had Swine Flu. (Diagnosis? A bad sinus infection.) And we all know how terrified of childbirth I was. (Turns out, not as bad as I’d imagined.)
Over the last four months, I’ve learned that blogging with a baby is not impossible. But it is difficult. For me, at least. Before Emma, I thought that maintaining this site as a mom would be a cinch. What’s the big deal, right? Wake up a little earlier and blog. Blog during naps. Blog after bedtime. Multitask! (Baby on lap; laptop off to the side.) But as it turns out, it’s not quite as simple as that.
My parents currently live in Yardley, a small town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. We always say that it’s very similar to Stars Hollow—the imaginary location where “Gilmore Girls” was set. Yardley was founded in 1682, and it was actually a station for the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. If you visit, you’ll notice lots of quaint little shops and old saltbox houses and homes with stone facades. (This is because the town borders the Delaware River and has a canal that goes through it, and floods pretty regularly.) Blink and you’ll miss it. Yardley is so small that it doesn’t even have its own high school!
Mitch and I spent a couple of days last week in New York, and it was so great. Going back is always bittersweet; a mixture of so many emotions. I have to admit that my plan was to live in NYC forever… and meeting Mitch–who eventually led me to Chicago–threw me for a loop. ;) It goes without saying, though, that I’m ecstatic my little plan didn’t work out. (Really ecstatic.) But man: it always feel good to go home.
While we were there, we decided that we missed New York a little too much. So we came up with yet another plan: in a year, we’re going to rent an apartment there. We’ll probably only do it for a month or so, but we’ve come to the realization that while we know we can’t live in NYC full-time, going back for a few days here and there just isn’t enough. And while there are logistics to work out, they aren’t as complicated as we thought they’d be!
As you all know, I’m obsessed with these booties and this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen them for! I recommend going a half size up. I wear a 7.5 in everything, and took these in an 8, otherwise the toe box is tight.