I believe there are times in our lives when God smiles on us and gives us blessing after simple blessing. For me, this past weekend was exactly that. We had an extended weekend at our house, as our kids had no school from Wednesday through Friday. Having them home was definitely a treat! My brother, Tory, and his family arrived to spend the weekend at our house on Thursday evening. It was wonderful to have them over, as I truly just LOVE hosting people at our home! Thursday was spent catching up and playing with the kids late into the night, and by the time my head hit the pillow I was more than ready for a good nights sleep!
Friday was a fairly busy morning, followed by one of the best blessings of the weekend! You see, our very favorite babysitter, Krista, had sent me a message a few weeks back asking if she could take the kids at some point during this break from school. Krista is a senior this year and her schedule and ours don't always match up, and with Claire rising up as a babysitter, we've found that we're seeing less and less of Krista - so I was more than happy to tell her yes! Unfortunately, I had completely forgotten to get back in touch with her to set something up specifically, so when I received her text message on Friday morning and found that she was free that afternoon, I jumped at the opportunity! She came and got the kids and headed out with them for an afternoon of bowling, playing at the park and enjoying a snack at Panera. Boy oh boy did the kids have a wonderful time!
While they were gone, Tory and his family headed out to visit a friend, so I had the house to myself. I was so excited to get a lot of stuff done and be super productive, but instead I got a big case of the tireds, and I laid down and took a three-hour nap! It was glorious! I woke up shortly before everybody arrived back at our house and was soon greeted by smiling faces and slightly tired kids. Krista, if you are reading this, please know that you are so very appreciated and that Colin has not stopped talking about bowling with you!! We sure do love you!
Saturday we woke up bright and early (I'm talking 5:30am here!) and got ready to head out the door to my sister's house where she was hosting my baby shower. We spent the morning setting up and preparing food (of which my sister informed me I should not be helping, but I'm such a control freak that I had to get my hands in there a little!), and I spent a little extra time playing with my nieces and a couple of nephews (who were the only kids at the shower, as most of them travelled quite a ways to get there!) before the chaos of the shower began.
The shower was awesome! I was blessed to see so many friends and family members show up. We enjoyed some delicious food, played a couple of wild and crazy games and then spent time opening presents. It was an absolutely perfect day and I couldn't have asked for anything better. Tanya, mom, Missy and Lisa: thank you all so very much for all that you did to make this day so special for our family ... you are appreciated and loved to the extreme!
Once the shower had wound down, the men started arriving back at the house, as we were planning on having a family dinner together that night since it's such a rare occasion that we're all together. We played and laughed, I fought with my brother (sorry Tory) and cried a bunch (silly pregnancy hormones!), we ate and the kids played some video games, then we packed up and headed home. What a completely wonderful day it had been!
Sunday we enjoyed sleeping in, as Claire was feeling sick (she had started feeling sick at the shower the day before), so we wanted her to get some rest. Sunday afternoon Iain, Ellis and I headed to Babies R Us and Target to get the last of the baby supplies that I know we will absolutely need (carseat and stroller, bouncer, pacifiers, etc) and I spent a majority of Sunday afternoon and yesterday setting it all up.
So ... what has been a weekend full of crazy has also been my weekend full of wonderful, and I am so blessed to have been able to celebrate with the people I love the most!
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