T Minus One Week Until Vacation

One more week until vacation! We are joining my family in Cape Cod, MA for a week, and I couldn’t be more excited. A break from the routine of work will be a long overdue relief, and it will also mark the first time my parents, and my brother have seen Morrigan since she was born. We are planning on biking along the coastline (hopefully – if I can convince Kristin), exploring the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and making a trip up to the Provincetown just to say we have done it all. I don’t have a strict schedule this time, but I am hoping we can do some whale watching if we are in season, and hit the beach for a little while.

Its been four months since Morrigan was born, and she is growing up fast. The folks have offered to help take care of her for a little while and give Kristin and I a break to go out and enjoy ourselves again for a few hours.Β It is a big thing to miss having someone to watch over Morrigan when you are without family in an area. Prior to this vacation, Kristin and I have alternated taking care of Morrigan 24 hours a day. It will be hard to imagine having someone else care for her for a change.

Jeffrey files in to Providence’s TF Green next Friday, and it will be the first time he has seen our house since we have moved from Atlanta. He recently got a new house of his own, and I realized I never saw his previous residence. That makes us even, since he never saw our place in Braintree, MA.

While I am thinking about family and friends, birthday wishes are in order for Ripley “Dinky” Templeman who turned two years old on May 13th. Congrats to you both Chris and Kellie!

Also, I will be making a pilgrimage down to Atlanta at the end of July, and I would love to see some folks! I look forward to that Atlanta heat for a change, and will probably eat myself sick on all the foods that I miss.



  1. Kellie says:

    Thanks for the shout out for b-day wishes for the Dinky! It’s hard to believe you’ve already been gone for two years (since you left to go North just before she was born). We definitely miss you guys and wish you were in town permanently again. You better make sure we can get together when you come to ATL in July!

    I also definitely feel your pain about not being able to go out and have any kind of couple alone time. Other than when my mom is in town, Chris and I can count on one hand how many “Date nights” we’ve had since Ripley was born. Even with Chris’ family in town, they really do not help us and have never offered, let alone babysit our children. Sometimes, we feel like we’re alone on an island and like ships passing in the night since I work 5:30am – 2pm and Chris works 5pm to 2am so we can each be home to take care of the kids. But, I wouldn’t change it for the world because our kids are amazing little people and quite frankly, it’s everyone else missing out on experiencing their awesomeness, not us. And I suppose, long story short, that those are the types of sacrifices you make being a parent.

    Glad that you guys are getting a much needed vacation! Cape Cod sounds awesome, even though it is dangerously close in proximity to Boston. πŸ˜‰
    Enjoy your vacation and make sure you blog/post pictures for us when you get back!!


  2. Ben Simpson says:

    We are on the same page with Boston now, so no worries πŸ™‚

    It must be taxing for family to watch your kids, so I can understand having a shortage of volunteers. I’m always worried that if we lived near family I would burn them out by asking all the time. It is much more comforting for the kids to be watched by family than strangers though, so hopefully they can help.

    I forgot Chris was working nights, so I imagine you don’t get a lot of couple time. Kristin used to work evenings, so I can relate. Hang in there – it is worth it!


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