Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fiona's Birthday Interview - Age 4

Fiona's 4 Year Birthday Interview:
  1. Who is your favorite person? Mom
  2. What is your favorite color? Pinkish-purplish
  3. What's your favorite television show? Dora
  4. What is your favorite outfit? My favorite pink skirt and popsicle shirt with pink shorts underneath
  5. What sport do you like best? Gymnastics
  6. What song do you like best? "Hello, Bonjour"
  7. What is your favorite cereal? Rice Kristies (Rice Krispies)
  8. Who is your best friend? Taurin and Maddie
  9. What do you want to be when you grow up? An artist and an architect
  10. What is your favorite book? Fancy Nancy and the Poison Ivy
  11. What are you really good at? Making art
  12. Where do you wish you could go on vacation? Australia
  13. What is your best memory? Coloring pictures
  14. What would you buy if you had $10,000? A motorcycle 
  15. What food do you hate the most? Potato soup (??)
  16. If you could have a wish, what would it be? That I could have pizza every day for my dinner and for my lunch - all day long
  17. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate with pinkish-purplish frosting
  18. What are you thankful for in your life? God
  19. What do you like to do with your friends? Color
  20. What do you hope you will get to do before your next birthday? See all of my cousins: Lilly, Evan and Isaac and Cora and Jack

Fiona loves visiting the museum. She likes to have her picture taken in front of her favorite paintings.

Another favorite for Fiona: watching funny videos with her daddy. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Family Visit and Reunion

Sean and Bonny and kids came into town early in July and stayed with us for a week. All of us were very excited to see them, but especially Fiona who had been counting down the days for a sleepover. The week was a lot of fun, and it was amazing to see how much the kids had developed in the last few months since they had all played together. Fiona and Cora played dress-up and princess-type stuff, but Eloise seemed to rotate between Jack and Cora. I foresee that Jack and Eloise, who are both naturally mischievous, will be trouble together (in a good way).

Popcorn party the first night together

Little Mr. Finnegan

Sean and Bonny and kids spent a night in Buffalo with Bonny's family and then Bonny's dad, Kurt, came back to our house for the afternoon. He brought a flat of strawberries and a wonderful rhubarb pie from Bonny's mother.

Cora and Jack slept on an air mattress in Fiona's room, and we took turns reading bedtime stories to the kids. There was lots of late-night storytelling and squirming, but the kids had fun together. 

We spent a morning walking around Lake Calhoun, grabbing lunch at Tin Fish and playing at the park.

Sean and I snuck out for a couple hours one evening to meet up with an old friend of Sean's and try out lawn bowling at Brit's. We had a lot of fun during a beautiful night in Minneapolis.

Saturday morning, we woke up early and departed for Alexandria and Herman where my father had organized a memorial 100th birthday party for my grandfather/family reunion. All of my father's siblings and some of my cousins were able to attend. We met up with the family at the Lakeside Cemetery in Herman where my grandparents are buried. I remember running around the cemetery as a child so didn't stop Fiona and Eloise from their own exuberant exploring. My father told some anecdotes about other relatives who are also buried here.

My father and his siblings

From the cemetery, we drove to my parents' lake house in Alexandria where my parents had lunch catered and a swimming pool set up for the kids. Cora, Fiona and Eloise (who skipped her nap) jumped right into the water and Taylee (my cousin's daughter) oversaw a frog rescue from the pool, much to the fascination of the younger kids.

Lots of dessert for this crew

The next day, we celebrated Varsana's 18th birthday at Lake Harriet. It's hard to believe that she's already 18! She's so good with her little cousins who adore her.

The seven grandkids

We also took the time one evening to celebrate the kids' summer birthdays (Jack and Eloise in June and Fiona in July). They scarfed down cupcakes and opened gifts from each other.

We really had a great visit with Sean and Bonny and family, spending some late nights reminiscing about pre-kid travel and planning our next get-together.