Sunday, April 5, 2009

Back to Reality...and Snow!

I'm baaaaaaaack. I had a great family vacation in Wisconsin and Iowa. (My blog went to the beach in St. Lucia, not me. She had a fab time!)
My week started with a surprise 30th birthday party for my husband's cousin. Usually when his big family gets together, it is kids and all and always a good time, but we hired sitters (teen cousins) for our small children so the adults could have a night out. Needless to say, we all had a silly, fun time out at the party (as seen here).
My family of five then headed to my inlaws' vacation home for the week with my inlaws. We had a relaxing week of swimming, reading, watching movies, doing puzzles. We took a hike one day through the trails in the woods and found a tree shaped like a P (see top pic)! I read Stephenie Meyer's Eclipse during the week as well (my favorite so far of her series). My hubby and children also videoed me dancing in different locations for my condensed Dance Off with Ely...They think I'm nuts. Now I have to figure out how to transfer it and edit it on my computer!

I'd say the most eventful thing happened while I was driving my hubby, his parents, and our three children home from dinner. It was twilight, and I am not the most confident driver in the world. During the ride we were actually discussing my refusal to ever drive in downtown Chicago, because it creates such anxiety for me. Anyhoo, I was driving and noticed a large looming figure coming toward me in my lane. I thought it looked like a cartoonish large man in a black overcoat at first as I started pushing on the brakes. Then I realized it was a huge, freaking BULL walking toward me! Thankfully the suburban stopped mere inches in front of this behemoth! It looked at us then went around our car. I was shaking all the way home. A deer crossed the road in front of me when we were almost home, too! Then my hubby and his mom drove back to make sure no one got hurt and pulled into the farm, and the bull followed them into the driveway then ran into the farm field. Crazy! And that is no bull.
We ended the week going back to Iowa for a night where a cousin trained my oldest son at a baseball facility then we had another big family night.

Lastly, April is Poetry Month! Congrats to Laura Purdie Salas! Today her newest book, Stampede: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School comes out! Visit her launch party here!
Anything new happen in blogland while I was gone?


adrienne said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a fun vacation.
I really hate city driving, too - but at least you don't encounter too many bulls downtown. :D

Angela said...

Glad you had a fun time. That is an awesome tree photo--I love strange and unusual trees.

LOL on the bull. At least you noticed it before it became a hood decoration!

Kelly said...

Adrienne- LOL! Good point!
Angela- The P tree was extra cool since our last name is Polark and the town we were in started with P too!

C.R. Evers said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! So glad you're back!


slhastings said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great time!

(I just took off for Florida. We missed the snow. Thank GOD!)

Kelly said...

Christy-Thanks! It was fun, but good to be home!
Sam- Have fun in the sun! (I'm jealous!)

Big Plain V said...

Cool tree. I'll bet it was shaped like a lower case 'p' when it was young.

We get to see the dancing video eventually, right?

laurasalas said...

Cool dancing pic! Sounds like a fantastic vacation...perfect and relaxing--except for the bull.

Thanks for mentioning my launch party. Happy to have anybody stop by...even tomorrow or later when "the party's over."

Suzanne Casamento said...

Holy moly. A BULL??? That's crazy!

Sounds like a great vacation over all. I'm glad you had a good time with your family. :)

Kelly said...

V-I hope I can pull the video together, as embarrassing as it's going to be!
Laura- You're welcome! Congrats again!
Suzanne- Holy COW is right! ;)

Kim Kasch said...

Glad to have you back in blogland. :)
Glad you had a good time

And I loved Eclipse too but the best, in MHO, is Midnight Sun - can we get a petition going to get her to finish it?. . .

Rena said...

I'm glad you had a fun time. LOL @ the bull coming at you. It's like that here all the time with the big critters. Love the picture of you dancing too! :)

sruble said...

I'm glad you had a great vacation (I did think you were at the beach). Sorry about the big bull and the deer!

BTW, bull, as in "moo" or bull, as in moose?