Before maternity leave wrapped up and I headed back to work, Bill and I went on our first family vacation. We flew into Newark, New Jersey and headed to the Jersey shore where Bill's Aunt and Uncle have an incredible home in Ocean Grove. I cannot believe this was my first visit to this wonderful little beach town. A perfect mixture of bohemian and Victorian with a huge flea market to boot! We spent a few days relaxing and then headed to their home inland soaking up the culture and hitting our favorite little cider stand right down the corner from their home.
After our time with Bill's side of the family we took a drive down to Baltimore for my Uncle Rob's wedding and to introduce Reagan to many more family members who had not yet met her. The blissful reunion and introductions will be something I will not soon forget. She met aunts and uncles and cousins, my best friend and her great grandmother. We went to our favorite ice cream place, got time with precious friends and family, ate wonderful food together, had our first family dance (and Bill and Reagan's first father daughter dance), worked on a challenging puzzle and laughed so much. It is hard to sum up our East Coast trips in words, but they are special and treasured and full of extraordinary moments.
Every time we leave Baltimore we leave a piece of our hearts there, and this time was no different. Our new niece was born just a few weeks after we left, and I cannot wait to get back so I can meet her and kiss her precious cheeks (I will introduce her on here sometime very soon). Hoping to make that happen in February! In the meantime, Facetime keeps us in touch with all these wonderful people and we are grateful for a world where distance is able to be crossed for special moments such as these.