I’m back! As good as it was to return home, yesterday was a nightmare when I came to the realization that I lost my Canon SLR camera. My stomach turned to knots as I frantically searched our bags, the car, the house……I called the rental car place and the airport’s lost and found, and asked my grandmas to scour the cabin in case we accidentally left it there. No luck. To be real, a few tears were shed. Not only did I take that camera everywhere….but all the photos and video I took of our trip were poof, gone. So now, all I have are these instagram pics to remember the fun we had. I know there will always be the memories…and that camera’s can be replaced (eventually, as I save my pennies!) but the feeling of loosing it made me sick. There is still a small flicker of hope inside that it might turn up somewhere….but it’s not looking good.
Aside from a bad ending, we had such a good time. The first two days were torturously hot. Over 100 and the worst humidity I’ve ever felt. I forget what a difference humidity plays when it’s hot. Give me dry heat any day….but a wet heat is a whole new beast! We pretty much lived on the lake to stay comfortable, which was completely ok by me. Rylee got to meet all of her baby cousins. It still blows my mind that they are all just months apart in age. Rylee, 10 months, Jonah, 9 months, and Charlie, 8 months. I got about a thousand photos of all of them together, but of course, not even one on my phone. But it was pretty cute to see them interact together. Rylee is still the peanut of the trio but by far the best ‘mover’. I realized how much of a busy body she really is compared to the boys. Maybe it’s just a girl thing, or the fact that she’s so tiny, but i’ve got my hands full with this one! Anyway….we had about the most “all-american” fourth of July I could dream up. Family, babies, cabin, lake, boat rides, fishing, campfires, sketchy fireworks…(yes, one did in fact explode at our feet and nearly kill us all). We stopped after that one. ha. I miss Wisconsin already. It’s a place I can see us coming back to year after year with our kid(s).
One of the highlights of the trip for me was to watch Rylee learn to stand. (And that is another reason i’m so sad about the lost camera!) I caught her standing up for the very first time on video and taking her first baby step. It’s killing me not to have that anymore. Everyday she gets more confident (and I get more terrified!). A few too many face plants already, and I am sure there are more of those to come. I think it’s just a matter of weeks before she’ll be walking. Eek! I’ve got quite the mixed feelings about it!