i'm back, i'm back. glad to be home, but goodness did i have a nice time in new jersey. i was there for my pop-pop's funeral, as you may already know. the funeral was lovely. we celebrated a long life that was well-lived. one that was ripe with love and laughter, hard work and dedication. there were tears and smiles, and sometimes both at the same time. i'll miss that guy. we all will.
i got to hang out with sister kate a lot which was so much fun. it's rare, these days, for kate and i to have almost a whole week together without husbands. mike was working, steve was home with the kids finishing out the school week, so it was just kate, quinn, parker and i most days. it's crazy to see quinn and parker together--so much closer to the same size than they were here last august. come summer, they'll be even closer. kate and i imagine they'll be best buds. they have little choice in the matter, really. anyway, both parker and quinn have early wake up times and sometimes we'd all be up in the five o'clock hour together, sipping coffee, laughing, and watching our boys interact. it was amazing to watch them together. at one point i said to kate: "these are our sons! our sons, together!" it's strange. sometimes i feel like i'm still the little sister and we should be back in time being called to dinner by our mom. and now we've got these two little people who are interacting and smiling at one another. it's sweet stuff.
now for the happenings: we went to the zoo (parker's first!), a long walk on the ocean city boardwalk which is never complete without stuffing ourselves (i really did stuff myself) with mack and manco's pizza, hanging out on the stone harbor beaches with lunch at fred's, breakfast at uncle bill's pancake house, and enjoying some good meals and wine at my parent's house. it's not every day that all four sisters are in one place at one time and while the occasion that brought us together was my pop-pop's death, it was pretty sweet to be together in such beautiful shore weather for a weekend... and i imagine my pop-pop would've liked that too.
by the way, thank you all so much for your sweet comments on the post about my pop-pop's passing. they really meant a lot. i've said it before and i'll say it again: i like you guys.