Staycation | Act 2

An empty calm has settled onto the Florer homestead; a house which was bustling with a dozen busy-bodies just last week has now fallen quiet once again. Of course I’m using the term “quiet” very liberally here, as a house with four adults and three toddlers can never truly be quiet unless we’re all away…but I digress. Yes, Aunt Shannon has returned to UNI for her fall semester and Jacob, Melissa, and my energetic niece Tennyson (along with her inquisitive three-year-old mind) have come and gone once more, leaving our summer days officially numbered.

With no “capstone” event to look back on, it’s hard to sum up the past few weeks spent with the Flo-Bix clan…but that doesn’t mean we didn’t enjoy every minute of their time here! After all, there was our state fair excursion

Catching a horse show at the fair.

Family gatherings (and photo-ops)…

Family Photo

The "Fredregill Women"

Trips to the zoo, cousinly bonding, and birthday celebrations…

I think they're watching Dora...or Elmo...

Every time a bell rings, Tennyson gets her wings!

And even a pool party with friends!

Pool Side Picnic

Nice face, Jovie!

Oh yes, there was cake too.

However, most of their time spent in town was doing the everyday things: Tennyson playing with entertaining her baby cousins, Tennyson running around carefree (and sometimes even clothes free) throughout the house and outside on the farm…and even Tennyson going fishing with Grandpa…

Playing dress-up...silly girl!

Gone Fishing!


There's a pretty smile!

You know…all the “little things” that become so important to soak up during our short amount time together. With busy work schedules and four children under three years old, it was hard sometimes to even catch our breath, but we made sure to squeeze in some adult hang time too. Whether it was preparing delicious meals…


…or playing games like Sequence, Apples to Apples, and Scrabble…{Melissa refuses to play Ticket to Ride (a.k.a. the “train game”) anymore, so Missy and I are looking for other friends to challenge. If interested, comment below or e-mail me here ;-)}

…to working under the hood of old cars with the guys…

The Rover (It's for sale!)

…we even fit in our customary trip to el Bait Shop!

Sibs! Nice face, Jake...

So maybe we didn’t really need a capstone event. Looking back, it seems like their time spent here was perfect just the way it was. You know…it’s all about the little things!

Can’t wait to visit them in December!

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

6 thoughts on “Staycation | Act 2

  1. I love the way Tennyson entertained the girls and they were so rapt watching the movie….Have they been that still since they started rolling???

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