Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saturday, March 25, 2017

St. Patrick's Day

Sean flew into town with Cora and Jack the Thursday before St. Patrick's Day, which fell on a Friday this year, and stayed with us for a few nights. We were all excited in anticipation of the visit, and I kept the kids home on Friday so they could recover from a late Thursday night wild-staying-up-with-the-cousins and attend the St. Patrick's Day parade with us on Friday. We had a ton of fun although we missed Bonny and Finn, and Sean, Chris and I all remarked on how well the kids played together (mostly).

A chilly parade on Friday

Allison and Rob marched in the parade with the Taffe clan, and the kids were enamored by Rob's hair.

Pictures from the weekend

Lots of Lego attempts for these two

Out for the night with the guys while Varsana babysat

Sunday, my parents set up an early Easter egg hunt

Lucky Malia with her new car

Winter 2017

Here's some pictures of things we've been doing this mild winter, although we were dealt some snowy days as evidenced from a picture I took flying into MN.

We celebrated my dad's birthday.

We spent time with friends: Sarah came over for dinner and introduced the girls to the wonder of Snapchat. And Tony endured a trip to the Mall of America's Underwater World with us.  

Speaking of water, Fiona passed her first small swim test at the YMCA pool and received a wrist band that let her stray farther away from Chris and me while in the water.

I volunteered at Fiona's Valentine's Day party...

(one of Fiona's home-made Valentines)

...and we made the best of the unseasonably warm days in March and February with playtime at the park, a walk around Lake Calhoun and a patio dinner in Linden Hills.


We made sure our make-up was on-point in order to go to...


(this is how Eloise likes to admire works of art)...

...and a spontaeous flamenco show on a Sunday evening. 

But regardless of whether or not there are creative events to attend, dressing up and being silly is always appropriate, in whatever form it takes.

I couldn't help but photograph my sleeping girls. Eloise requires her dinosaurs, rainbow bear and piggy, and both girls look for any opportunity when Chris travels to crash in bed with me.

 Fiona is still my smiley girl...

...and Eloise likes to sneak away to try to start fires (here, caught trying to start a post-it on fire with a lighter)...

(why she thinks fire trucks are called fire trucks)

 and the girls still solidly love playing pretend whether it's building a fort or sifting through jewel jars. 

Winter has been easy on us this year in terms of frigid weather and snow, but we are still looking forward to warmer days.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Puerto Rico 2017

Chris and I spent four days in Puerto Rico with two other couple friends from our small group at church. We booked a three bedroom Airbnb condo in Candado and spent our days on the beach and in the La Concha resort pool. We watched a flamenco show in Old San Juan one night, ate great meals, and spent hours sitting on steps watching the locals salsa dance in La Placita while we drank fantastic mojitos. One day we split up: three people snorkeled, two watched a cock (rooster) fight and I went shopping for jewelry and an art print. The trip was a ton of fun: no horrible sunburns, lots of lounge time and plenty of chips and guacamole.

First day on the beach

Tacos for lunch

A little friend

Our Airbnb, which is owned by a local singer named Draco

 Out and about for dinner, Old Town and at La Placita over a couple nights

Cool art in the underpass

Our favorite abandoned building we walked past frequently

Hanging with just Chris one morning and collecting sea urchins for the girls

Brian brought his shark paddle board with him everywhere, even to breakfast.

Reluctantly holding iguanas

Rhonda and Bobbi drove up in advance of our trip and watched the girls at our house. I loved getting Rhonda's texts with pictures of the girls. Fiona made 30 Valentines for her class party one day, and the girls also spent time with Mike who flew up for a few days and with their cousins and Allison and Rob who spent an evening with the girls. Chris and I are very grateful for the chance to get away and leave the girls in such fun hands.