I wasn’t sure what to expect when Audrey and I boarded a plane for Rochester last week and said goodbye to Steve. We were off to visit her grandparents and he was off to a conference. It was our first week apart since Audrey was three weeks old. Luckily, I had the joy of spending the whole week surrounded by my in-laws and friends.
Between wrapping up Crazy Sexy Kitchen, visiting Audrey’s cousins, enjoying phenomenal food at the Owl House (best veg grub in Rochester!) and soaking in the company and conversation of some of my favorite people in the world–I’m pretty sure I got the better end of the deal (sorry, Steve). Just staying in my in-laws home is like a giant hug 24 hours a day. I seriously lucked out in that department (and so did Audrey!).
In the end though, the best part was seeing Audrey wrap her arms around Steve’s neck when he picked us up at the airport. Now that we’re all back in Baltimore, I’m grateful that I have two places to call home. There were so many moments that I cherished. Here are a few that I captured.
Seeing how many inches Steve grew in 1993, marked more than a decade ago on the kitchen wall.
Audrey hanging out with her cousins.
Steve’s childhood bedroom converted into Audrey’s room for the week.
A celebratory Crazy Sexy Kitchen dinner with the in-laws. Sage polenta, homemade marinara, garlic sauteed mushrooms, and roasted brussels sprouts with shallots and pistachios.
Arriving back in Baltimore. Awaiting Steve.
The best reunion, ever.