Graduation & Mother’s Day Weekend.

Normally when we travel, I come home and unload my camera, and then begin sorting through the hundreds of family, activity, and food photos I took while we were gone.  This time I seem to have only picked up my camera to force posed photos with friends and family in sunny backdrops.  Indulge me anyway?

Even though we were gone for a number of days, it was a major whirlwind of traveling between multiple destinations, and trying to visit with as many people as possible in a short time frame.  Here is a look at our weekend – through my sporadic photography.

We got to Cincinnati early on Thursday morning after a long red eye flight from Seattle.  Cullen crashed hard when we got there and then slept until noon (Eastern time), while Casey and I napped, showered, and relaxed.  Once he was up, I took him shopping at a few of my old favorite spots.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I packed, but I hated everything in my suitcase when I got there.  I’m in a weird in-between maternity and regular clothes stage, which has made getting dressed sort of awkward.  Anyway, I bought some new things that fit and felt much better.

Then Casey and I headed over to visit my two oldest friends!  Liz and Leah both had babies this year, and it was so fun to catch up with them and see their little ones.  Cullen had fun playing in the backyard water table, in case you thought he had peed his pants. 

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Thursday night we went out and celebrated our anniversary, which I told you about yesterday.  Cullen slept really badly on Thursday night because he was sharing a room with us, and we ended up letting him sleep in our bed for the first time ever!  I can totally see how parents get hooked on bed-sharing now – he was so sweet and cuddly!  Although once we moved him, he slept great and I slept terribly since I was hyper aware that he was there.  Still worth the snuggles.

We got up Friday and immediately got ready and jumped in the car.  We drove two hours to Indianapolis to Casey’s parents’ house, and were greeted by their new 10-week old puppy, Gus. 

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The last time we were in Indy (back in January), their 7-year old German Shepherd, Buggie, passed away.  Now they have a new pup who is wild and crazy – these were the only pics I caught of him the whole weekend because he never stopped moving!

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Once we got to the Malone’s, I visited for a bit before leaving Casey and Cullen behind, and then drove 30 minutes over to my sister’s place to help her get moved into her new condo in Indianapolis.  I spent the next few hours helping Sarah arrange and re-arrange furniture along with my mom and older sister, Rebecca.  So fun to all be together for the weekend!

Once she was relatively settled, I headed back to Casey’s parents’ house for his grandma’s 80th birthday dinner – complete with uncles, aunts, and cousins.  Somehow my camera never made it out, but we ate delicious lentil meatballs and had a great time visiting with everyone.

Saturday morning came early, and we headed to Sarah’s graduation at Butler.  We left Cullen with his grandparents for the day so that we could focus on celebrating Sarah, and not have to keep him entertained/quiet through a three-hour graduation ceremony. 

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We clapped and cheered and celebrated that the baby of our family is all grown up!

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Can’t believe she’s finally done with school and joining the rest of us here in the “real world.”  I’m so proud of her!

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We took many different arrangements of family photos afterward.  The graduate with her proud mama…

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Four Holcombe girls…

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Three sisters – TWO of whom are pregnant…again!  Two years ago Rebecca and I were pregnant at the same time, but she was four months ahead of me.  This time I am just four weeks ahead of her!  It is going to be a very exciting year for our whole family. 

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And of course, had to get one with this guy.  I bought my dress the day before at Nordstrom Rack, and I’m so glad I got it!  It’s not maternity, but I’m hoping to be able to wear it to a few fancy dinners and events this summer. 

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After graduation, we finished helping Sarah settle into her new place before heading back to grab Cullen in time to head back to Cincinnati.  Many thanks to my in-laws for watching him all day for us!   We packed up the car and drove two hours back to Ohio.  Cullen slept the whole way – woohoooo!  We made it back just in time for our graduation dinner reservations.  Cullen was a trooper and stayed out til 8:30, barely making a peep in the restaurant.  High fives all around.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and it was a treat to get to spend with with my own mom and family.  I also got to spend a few hours with my best friend, Lindsey!

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After breakfast, our crew headed to the Cincinnati Zoo with everyone else in the city.  It was fun, but very crowded, and since we had a big group we got a later start than I’d hoped.  This meant that we were still at the zoo as nap time approached, and before we knew it – this happened. 

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I cannot even tell you the last time Cullen just passed out in public like that.  He was totally zonked, and Casey carried him the rest of the way until we got to the car.  Poor guy didn’t even get to see the tigers!  But mama got to see the polar bears (the highlight!) so it was still well worth it.

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Cullen napped a bit longer at home, and I snuck out to get a pedicure with my mom.  It was nice and relaxing, and I loved seeing all the other moms and daughters there celebrating.  Once Cullen got up, I headed out to visit with my dearest and oldest friend, Liz, one more time!  We have been friends since we were literally just babies, so it’s crazy to think that we have babies of our own now.  I got to visit with her whole family, which is always a treat. 

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Sunday was our last day at home, so I spent the rest of the night just enjoying the company and relaxing at home.  I snuggled a lot with the little guy who made me a mama.  I feel so blessed!

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We flew home first thing Monday morning, and now that we’re home I’m jumping into packing and getting ready for our move.  I have a feeling it’s going to creep up on me very quickly!

Hope all the mamas out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day and felt very special and celebrated!