If I had to sum up our July in only one photo…
Mind you, this is only a fraction of the people in attendance! But we represented well – all 10 brothers and sisters flew in to visit Dzia Dzia (my grandpa), and nearly all the cousins were able to come, as well. At last year’s meeting of Papa Bender’s side of the family, my cousin Cecelia was just a baby. Now she is an adorable toddler who enjoyed my brother’s company very much (he is amazing with kids). Combine that with having the chance to see my second cousin Kelli, and you have the makings of an epic reunion, indeed.
We also had the chance to see the first house Papa Bender grew up in. As the oldest of the 10 kids, he lived here until he was nine. Once they reached five kids, they moved to a bigger house. Pretty impressive when you consider that there was only one bathroom here.
The black-and-white photo is for effect. You know, because it was a long, long time ago. 😉
It was another fun weekend away from home, but we were delighted when the first week of August rolled around and we had absolutely nothing planned besides relaxing in the great state of AZ.
I take that back. There were one or two things planned…including a trip inside a spaceship.
When I found out that the International Champions Cup would be coming to town for a
soccer football game (thanks for the tip, Mama B), I decided to surprise Bobby with tickets as a very early birthday present. Technically he will be 27 in September, but when he realized where we were going, you would have thought he was a kid all over again.
My husband loves soccer. And even though this wasn’t a major game, the chance to see the LA Galaxy play Real Madrid (with their best player, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the starting lineup), was one I couldn’t let him pass up! Fortunately, there were a lot of great goals scored, too.
His excitement was my favorite part of the experience, though doing the wave across the entire stadium was a close second.
Another great thing about being home? Mama Bender Chocolate Martinis. Especially when consumed alongside a game of Ticket to Ride, which we had given Papa Bender for Father’s Day. It was a big hit! We all enjoyed figuring out the best route strategy for the most points.
We also enjoyed a round of family golf on Saturday. It was me and the boys – everyone played well but without Mama Bender there, I had a better chance of being victorious.
Last but not least, being home this past weekend gave me the chance to learn a new hobby: knitting! I met up with Sheena and Nicole on Sunday for a tutorial and am already loving how relaxing it is to do something with my hands besides typing on a keyboard. I am nowhere near their level of skill yet, but my hope is that the purple band you see below will soon turn into an ear warmer that I can wear at a Northwestern game this fall. So far, so good! I have a great teacher to thank for that.
I’m looking forward to a little less travel over the next few months, though there are still a couple of fun trips on the agenda – one of them being my bestie Sam’s bachelorette and bridal shower weekend, which I’m planning! It has been hard to keep secrets from her for this long so I look forward to the big reveal in a couple of weeks.
What has been happening for you in August so far?