We're on the downhill slope of this separate-living thing now. It's just under 4 weeks left and I'm feeling the crunch.
Mom, being as totally awesome as she is, came to visit last weekend. She thought it would be a nice Mother's Day present so come so I wouldn't have to be alone, and it totally was. It was wonderful!
They got in Thursday night, and came to my basketball game, which my team won with some amazing free-throw shooting and patience against a high school team. Friday, Sarah came over, and it was so good to see her. She and Chuck spent most of the day together shopping and then going to visit her current residence in Merlin/Grants Pass. Mom and I played games and let the kids run around while Keith was at school. Then, later that night we all played games. It had been a warm day so we'd opened all the windows and even the front door (which there's a screen on) to let some cooler air try to make it's way through the house. Around 11:30 I heard the screen door open. I didn't say anything, but I was thinking "Did my front door just open? Did someone just walk into the house?" I thought maybe (hoped) that I was hearing things wrong and it was just a kid opening a back bedroom door and coming down the hallway. And then I heard big footsteps in the entry, and I started to get worried.
Then, Paul walked around the corner. :D It was pretty much the best Mother's Day surprise ever! He was late because the suburban had been in the shop and didn't get done until late. The four of us then stayed up until after 1:00 playing games and just enjoying each other's company.
Saturday, Clint and Sarah took Chuck fishing early in the morning. They ended up being gone all day, which would've been a real bummer for me and mom since we were going to do some shopping together, but since Paul had come home we fortunately weren't stuck with all the kids. He stayed with the kids while Mom and I went to lunch and then did some shopping. It was a lot of fun and something we haven't done for a long time.
Sarah and Clint stayed for dinner after fishing, which was a lot of fun to have so many people in the house. Plus, the kids love having them both around.
Sunday was a nice day at church. They go all out in our ward for Mother's Day. We got a little basil plant after sacrament, and then third hour, we got a cute little boxed lunch and time to just chat and socialize. Mom was really impressed. :) Paul got me a necklace with the kids birthstones in it, which I just love (seriously, he's starting to really rock at this gift idea thing), and he also made dinner. Sadly, he had to leave around 6:00 to get back to Reno, but mom and Chuck stayed for another day, and Monday morning we all, including Clint and Sarah, went to breakfast. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone, but at least I have Melissa and Nate's visit to look forward to Sunday!
So, just as I suspected, the first five weeks have gone kind of slow, but now I'm realizing just how fast the next four weeks (less actually) are going to go. So much to do, so little time! Well, not really, there's plenty of time, but having to stop what you're doing every 30 minutes or less to take care of a child can make the going slow. What I need is for them to be out of the house for about two days. Then I would just fly though this house! Pipe dreams, I know, but hey, a girl can dream!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
today, keith is 7. since paul's coming home friday night we decided to do the family celebration, including presents and such saturday so daddy can be there too. we still had some fun today though.
my friend april has a little girl named payton, who also just happens to be a may day baby. so we thought it would be fun to do a combined birthday celebration with her extended family and let all the kids run free, of which there were quite a few. i'm really going to miss the blue family! being at their house is kind of like being at home. there's a lot of them, and they all sing and quote movies and have so much fun. they are super cool people!
blowing out his 7 candles.
trey, brother of baby payton decided he wanted to get in on the action and help keith blow out his candles.
i'm grateful for this dude. he's a good helper and and he loves everyone. my grandpa clark used to say of his dog "he knows two kids of people: friends he has met and friends he hasn't." that statement is also true of keith. and it's one of the things i love most about him.
so happy number seven dude! can't wait to see what this next year holds.