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The other day, someone said to me, “you know Jess, your family is like the real life modern family”. Oh my. I am so use to how we live, four generations under one roof,that I don’t even give our living arrangement another thought. In fact, I don’t think any of us do. My son knows no other way of living. Some crazy fun things going on around here that I can’t discuss at the moment because I am not sure if they are really going to happen but if they do, it will be WAY cool! Hopefully more on that later. Last week and this past weekend we celebrated my son’s birthday as well as mine. Here is my husband and grandfather hanging out at the party. My grandfather bought himself a new pair of snazzy suspenders because his pants kept falling down. Literally.
Here he is bringing my son his birthday gift in a Christmas bag. hehe
Here is what my grandfather made my son. A handmade dolphin. Isn’t it adorable!? My grandfather is super talented with all the woodworking tools and gadgets. His workshop is full of crazy fun stuff that I have no clue how to use. He keeps insisting I hang out with him in his workshop so he can show me how everything works. I told him he needs to live forever because I will never know how half this stuff works. He said, “can you imagine me at 100 years old!?” I’m thinking pretty crabby!
This year we did a small family birthday party.
Our Saturday night dinners continue as a ritual with all of us and my brother’s family. They can get a little crazy at times. My brother is insanely funny, goofy and LOVES to get my son out of control. It’s very loud.
I made a trip last Friday to Boston to the new Pottery Barn. Well ,it’s in Chestnut Hill which is right outside of Boston and I told my grandfather we were going for quick ride to the new Pottery Barn. He said, “I’m not doing that, what’s the matter with you kid?!” Just as well, he probably would have fallen asleep on one of their comfy couches. Now that would make for a great picture on the Pottery Barn facebook page, “85 year old falls asleep in our Chestnut Hill store.” hehe. My mom was working but she would have loved to make the trip. If you live in the Boston area, you must check out this new store. Love. It.
Fall is in the air at Pottery Barn that’s for sure! I didn’t end up buying anything, just window shopped and got some ideas for our home.
This is completely random but for whatever reason, you all like when I post random pictures. Do any of you act as a chauffeur because your spouse likes to ride in the back with the kids? It’s a good place for my husband, he drives me crazy in the front seat. I always drive everywhere we go. He scares me to death when he drives! Like, I have panic attacks. He is my second child. No. Joke.
We did have an adult “date” night this past Saturday night for my birthday. I cannot believe I am one year older. Where does the time go!?
I am hoping I can share some fun news with you all soon. If “you know who” is reading this, “lets go already!” Our multigenerational family living arrangement gets some eye brow raises from a few in our family but for the most part, all is good.
Unless of course you are talking about my grandfather honking his horn uncontrollably in the driveway because someone is in his spot or my dad falling asleep while he is suppose to be babysitting or my husband insisting he put his drums in our house with a double boost amplifier thingy. Really honey? I’m thinking no. Other than that, all is good! I guess we are a real life modern family living our lives together, even if it is chaos at times :). I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day with family and friends.
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