Things that I won't miss:
- Edie's ridiculous teething. Apparently, Edie's teeth hate her with a white hot passion that defies reason itself. I don't recall Finn's teething being this painful, but then again, I recall very little about Finn's childhood. Biology is awesome.
- Traveling on a plane with an 18-month old. Having to decide between the poor guy in front of Edie whose seat she couldn't stop kicking and the entire plane, who would've borne the brunt of her screaming should I grab her feet, was a prisoner's dilemma I did not relish. And for the record, sorry to the dude in front of Edie. Although I refused to make eye contact with you for the entirety of our flight from Newark to Seattle, I was mentally buying you a drink. In my head.
- Drinking. In particular, the (apparently) annual "drinking of the moonshine" back in NY. Boy, do I need a break.
Things that I will miss:
- Seeing the family and having an amazing time watching everyone connect as the kids get older. Edie's inability to sleep on vacations is offset by her inability to not charm everyone that she meets. And my son's bravery continues to astound me - how many 6 year olds do you know that have ridden in a helicopter and a biplane (pictured above)?
- Summertime "lessons" from Finn, including the one I received today titled "7 things you need to know about garbage" which will form the basis for my next post. It's life changing, yo.
- Sunshine. This is Seattle, after all.
So even though we've got a few more weeks before the rains begin, summer is over and it's time to get back to reality. And that reality will start with Finn's first day of his new school on Wednesday and the beginning of the Seahawks next Super Bowl winning season on Thursday.
Summer was weird this year, being both awesome and hard, and I'd sum it up the same way my dad and I summed up the trip back East: "It was great, I'm glad it's over, and I can't wait to do it again."
Happy Labor Day, everyone!