Monday, June 02, 2008

Peace, Love, and Ice Cream

How cool is that? This is Noah from our trip to the totally awesome Ben & Jerry's Factory in Waterbury, VT. It was fun for us all and we enjoyed the sample of Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream at the end. Of course you are welcome to buy more and we did! Noah chose his favorite Chunky Monkey, and Travis and I chose the Coconut 7 layer bar flavor that is not available in stores. Vermont is so beautiful! We stayed overnight in Stowe at the Golden Eagle Spa and Resort and Travis and I both enjoyed a massage. We all ate dinner at a neat little place across the street called Pie in the Sky and had some great thin crust pizza. "The Blond Vermonter" was especially good with local Vermont cheese and apples.


kstout said...

Dear Meredith, I have just finished reading your blog, and I'm so impressed! First, because you're making time to do it when you're so busy being a mom. Second, because it looks fantastic the way it's designed. Yours is the first blog I've ever read, but I found it to be a pleasant experience, which is not often the case with me when I try to do new things on my computer. Third, your photos are beautiful - it helps that you have three photogenic subjects - but it's evident that you have an eye for photography. Fourth, you are so honest; I admire you for not trying to sugarcoat the complexities of marraige and parenting. It's really beneficial to you and to us to be completely candid about the struggles as well as the satisfactions in life because we all have them. Fifth, you are a darned good writer, and I know whereof I speak having read thousands of English assignments over the years! Sixth, I appreciate the time and effort you are taking to keep us updated on the comings and goings of the Mortimer family. I didn't know half of the news you shared, and I always assume I'm in the loop since you're mom keeps me posted on most things. Now I can see how much she forgets to tell me! I like hearing it first hand from you, so thanks for doing this. Seventh, I'm always astounded by the parallels between our lives. You and Travis and the three little ones are like a younger version of Kayna, Dan, and the three B's! Everything you're going through, I can relate to - traveling and sightseeing with little ones in tow, separations because the spouse needs to go elsewhere for awhile, moving to new places and new wards, (some more enjoyable than others as you noted), feeling out of sync when you arrive and feeling out of sync again when it's time to leave, I also remember feeling overwhelmed with three versus two, and overcoming depression the best I could. I used to find it incredulous when older friends told me that the young years are the easiest years, but now that I'm on the other side, I believe it. Instead of diapers, tantums, and taxi driving, I've got financing college, mending broken hearts, and guiding them into stable adulthood. It's never ending responsibilities no matter which side of the parenting spectrum you're on! I'm excited that you'll be moving closer to me, and I fully intend to take advantage of the proximity whether it's me visiting you or you visiting me. I have new neighbors across the culdesac who have a three year old son and expecting another. The husband teaches at USC. He's originally from Turkey, and his wife is from the Ukraine. She is brand new to the U.S., so imagine the culture shock for her! She's still learning English, She knows no one, and she misses her life back in the Ukraine. I've taken her under my wing to help her find a preschool and activities for her son. They have a swimming pool and a really nice playground, but no friends for her son to play with. I told her I could produce some playmates for him just by calling friends at church who have small children. Because I've been in the nursery, I know all the families with toddler age kids. What a perfect match! I know you'd really like her, and she'd love having the kids over to play. So I want you to plan on coming for a week. You're mom could take care of Noah if he's in school, while you come with the two girls. I would childproof the house, so you wouldn't have to stress about it. We could go to the zoo, Little Gym, EdVenture, and you're favorite places. We could invite some of your old friends and their kids over for lunch, and I could include my new neighbor (and her playground/pool). I would love it! I still miss the "old" days when we all got together for Sunday dinners. We can talk about all this when we get together on the Fourth. I'm really looking forward to seeing you again! Love, Kayna

Anonymous said...

Shelby could give you all a run for you money with Ben and Jerry's icecream. Good thing she wasn't with you. She had been waiting for about 7 months to try this one flavor that we can't buy on base, but some one had told her about as they had seen it out on the economy. SO, I finally found it the other day, HAD TO PAY $9.33 FOR A PINT!! then it had previously been thawed and was all grainy so Shelby couldn't even eat it or enjoy it. I think it would be her new favorite if she could get a real good taste. Now she likes the chocolate chip cookie dough and the chocolate brownie one. I wish I could get one for diabetics! ENJOY YOUR ICECREAM!
Jody & Shelby