way back in september, there was a trip

[i am feeling so neglectful of this space. i’m probably the only one who cares — or one of the only ones who cares (hello, grandmothers!) — but i want to do a better job of keeping up on documenting our lives. tilly’s baby book is literally a blank book and my brain is a sieve, so this is it. more soon, i hope.]

Way back in September, the girls and I took a short trip to Minnesota. We left the day after Josephine’s birthday and came back a few days before what was supposed to be Josephine’s first day of school (that was then delayed due to the teacher strike). I questioned the wisdom of the trip the moment I booked the tickets. Was it too much money to spend to go for only a few days? Too close to the start of school? Too much to do in the middle of birthday month? Too crazy to fly solo with two kids? Would it be worth it? All of my worry was totally unnecessary. It was a great trip. Short but wonderful. The girls were fantastic travelers and it was a perfect distraction from the antsiness surrounding kindergarten’s start. And dreams came true: Josephine got to meet Auntie’s new cat. And she got to RIDE A HORSE. Enough said. Billions of photos follow. (Seriously. A lot. But I took over 600 and whittled it down to these 39 for you (Grandmothers).)

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visiting the Mississippi Queen

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I don’t think she has this many rolls anymore…

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the bathing beauty and her admirers

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auntie got stuck under a very large boot and needed some help getting out

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she was scared to get on the horse, but we prodded and cheered and she did it

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then she was scared to have the horse move while she was on him, but we cheered and encouraged and she did it!

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