It’s been a week since Henrie and I left Colorado, and we’re missing Joshua like crazy. He’s been working so hard on the house, and while this apartment is going to be great for our finances, we’re feeling a little heartsick at this time apart – especially as Henrie leaves crawling behind and starts her life as an upright little lady. Thank you Joshua; we love you!
On the bright (and if not bright, at least green) side of things, being home in Minnesota has been wonderful. Henrie has gotten some quality time with her grandparents and Auntie Hannah, and it’s a blast to watch her toddle about, grinning at so many of the people I love. She really is a little ray of sunshine.
As I’ve alluded, the weather in Minnesota has been wet, and while this hasn’t been great for spending a ton of time outside, it has been great for the plants. Everywhere I look, it’s fairly exploding GREEN. I’m loving all the trees and I can’t help but compare Colorado’s relatively brown landscape (Love you Colorado!)
It’s also been nice meeting up with old friends. On the Tuesday that we got here, I spent the evening with Ashlee, my best friend from high school, and we went out for appetizers, a couple of drinks, and a reggae band with dancing. Fun On Monday, Henrie and I met up with Brittaney and Harry at the Wild Rumpus bookstore for storytelling, and then we walked around Lake Harriet and had coffee at Dunn Bros. On Tuesday, Henrie got in the ergo again, and we walked around Lake Como a couple of times and caught up with JJ, another close friend from my Cross Country days.
Otherwise, we’ve seen some family, gone to the farmers’ market, cooked, and ran. Lots of running with family (and I lurves it!). Henrie really has been a cheerful little girl through all of it, and it’s so fun to introduce her to this part of our lives.
On a somewhat more somber note, we attended my uncle Ernie’s funeral last Friday night. It was actually a wonderful ceremony, and I came away appreciating just how special this man was and how well he lived his life. Like David, Ernie had lymphoma in his 20s, and he came away from the experience with a sense of purpose. He worked as an Engineer for 20 years, and then he retired early to enjoy his time with friends and family, pursue another degree in a Masters of Social Work, and just all around cultivate his interests. In the words of the famous Minnesotan litote, not bad. Ernie and my mom were very close, and he’s going to be missed a lot, but I’m glad that his funeral was a celebration of a life well lived. And that’s where Henrie did her first real walking! She was meeting all of my extended family on my mom’s side for the first time, and they’re asking, oh, how long has she been walking? and I’m like, now-ish.
Ok. That’s all for now. Last night, we drove out to Yvonne and Dave’s place, and it’s totally gorgeous. Henrie is thrilled with all of the animals and fun stuff to do. So thrilled, in fact, that she slept for 12 hours last night, woke up for 3 hours, and then went back to bed for a nap. She’s exhausted!
Lots of love,