Balloon Animals

I hope we are always lucky enough to live in a neighborhood like Mt. Vernon. The kind of neighborhood where you sometimes just stumble upon unexpected things like this:

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We were walking down to the monument on a stroll around the ‘hood with Carol & Monica, John’s mom & sister, when we stumbled upon this balloon animal menagerie. Apparently they were a memorial someone created for a lost loved one. He or she must have been an amazing person to inspire such a beautiful, whimsical tribute!

We had a busy, but relaxing weekend with family in town. We caught another Centerstage show (Shakespeare’s The Twelfth Night), dined at some of our favorite spots (City Cafe & B Bistro), stopped by Fed Hill, & played Sorry (the game where the person in last place always seems to come back for the win…that was me for the record). We watched Michigan play in the B1G tourney, ate many delicious carrot cake cupcakes, & had some great conversation. And of course, there was plenty of time for play with Sir Benjamin. It was such a blessing to have them visit & Ben is very lucky to have his sweet Grammy & Auntie Monica!

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John made the airport drop-off on Monday and then headed off to Richmond for the week. Benjamin was napping when they all left and when he woke up he spent several minutes just looking around trying to find everyone. He was quite confused by the silent, deserted apartment. It was heartbreaking, but adorable!

Luckily, we had another visitor a few days later, so the joyful sound of conversation returned to our little home to delight Ben’s ears once again. Our friend Katy was in B’more for a conference, so Ben & I had one fun day & night to hang with her. Soon we will be in Ann Arbor so we can see her so much more!

This will make Benjamin very happy because he fell head over heels in love with Katy. Somehow he has developed some serious flirting skills. He stared at Katy with his big blue eyes, then tilted his head down and buried it in my lap, then he looked up again, only to hide once more. And so on, over and over… it was precious! But by the next morning, he abandoned the shy-guy act and just wanted to cuddle with her.

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So it’s been a busy & fun week around here. To finish the week, John got home last night from Richmond & we had our friends Seth, Theresa, & their two little ones (Chelsea & Clara) over to watch the Michigan game. We beat the Wofford Terriers (57-40). GO BLUE! Toby had a blast with 4-year-old Chelsea, but he was so sad to see his Terriers defeated. (HAHA!)

Unfortunately, Toby was so rambunctious running around with Chelsea that we received a noise complaint from the neighbors below us! Luckily, it didn’t stop the fun because we didn’t get the voicemail about it from the front desk until this morning. Oops. 🙂

Now we have one tired pup:

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I was about to end this post when I remembered something else! Yesterday Benjamin and I walked all the way down to Fed Hill (John had the car in Richmond) for his first music class. He LOVED it!

Here is Ben on the long 2 mile walk. We took the Inner Harbor route. It was windy, but gorgeous!

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We arrived early, so Ben enjoyed playing in the nursery while we waited for his class:

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And then he slept the entire walk home:

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We finally got home, curled up in bed from exhaustion, and took a long, sweet nap together.

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Benjamin, my cuddly little balloon animal.  🙂

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