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Our First Family Trip

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:21pm
Mike and Jamie eat Bo's toes in front of the house at Eagle Ridge.

Bo's first trip was filled with firsts. We spent a lot of time with family and simply enjoyed being together.

We left last Thursday for Galena and ended up driving most of the day as we wanted to stop quite a bit to make sure Bo was comfortable. We stopped by Starved Rock for lunch and then continued the trek north to Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. We rented a 3 bedroom house and it was perfect. It had a full kitchen, two family rooms, a large dining room, each bedroom had it's own bathroom, and there was a washer and dryer. (A must have for any trip with a little one!) It really was perfect. The views were beautiful and the house was cabin-esque and secluded enough to make it really feel like a getaway.

My mom went with us and Mike's parents came over for the weekend. It was definitely our turn to invite the parents on a trip after everything they have done for us over the years! Hence the need for the 3 bedrooms.
On Friday, Mike, Mom, Bo and I went to downtown Galena and enjoyed the eclectic shopping. We didn't buy much but we enjoyed looking and Bo took a nap in his stroller.

On Friday evening, my mom was nice enough to stay back at the house with Bo so Mike and I could go out to dinner by ourselves. We went back to downtown Galena and I bought an outfit at a cute little boutique before we went for dinner. I had salmon with key lime butter and sweet potato souffle. It was the kind of meal I always dream about while we are watching Top Chef! It was nice to be able to get out on our own for a little bit. We definitely do not do that enough anymore.

On Saturday, Mike's parents came and we went cheese shop hunting in Wisconsin. Mike's dad is a huge fan of cheese! It was an entertaining experience. We had to teach my mom about cheese curds. That evening we cooked dinner at the house and enjoyed being together.

Bo took his first sink bath in the kitchen at Eagle Ridge.

On Sunday morning, we drove through the torrential rain to the Geneva area. I was on the edge of my seat the whole drive. I stayed home with Bo that afternoon so he could nap while everyone else took my mom to show her the grocery store. (I never said we were a normal family... But the grocery store is about a million times nicer than anything we have in Southern Illinois.)

Later that evening Bo went to his second official picnic -- a birthday party for Mike's cousin, Katie. He enjoyed playing on a tablecloth and was even treated to his first trip in the swing.

Bo swung for the first time at Wheeler Park in Geneva where we were celebrating Mike's cousin's 15 th birthday.

On Monday, I had to go to the dentist and I had 7 shots of Novocaine. Agh! After that, Mom and I went shopping in Geneva. I found the cutest tee that I had to have!

We didn't do anything earth shattering on our trip. And really, it was more of a trip then a vacation. There really wasn't anything restful about it but it was nice to be with everyone and spend plenty of time with the most important people in our lives.

The trip affirmed that Bo is a really good baby. He did well, and we kept him on schedule as much as possible, but he really is a good little guy.

Bo is enjoying standing more and more. Here he is standing in front of the big bear at Grandpa and Grandma's house with Daddy's help.

It was nice for Bo to be able to spend time with all of his grandparents and with both Mike and I for an extended period of time. It wasn't Hawaii, but it was fun.

Mommy and Bo at Eagle Ridge. How can you not love this little guy?

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