Monday, May 5, 2008

Best. Weekend. Ever.

Freshly off the high of this weekend, I feel the need to recap. It. was. fabulous. Well, not all of it...Little went to the pediatrician on Friday and was diagnosed with full body eczema (and this morning her eye was crusted shut)...we took a 4-1/2 hour car ride with two babies, twice in three days...and both rides had their low points (screaming, crying kids, hearing Dumbo so many times that I could perform an impromptu one man version of the movie this morning)...but overall, it was simply amazing!

The amount of love, generosity, warmth, and kindness that we experienced this weekend is almost impossible to describe. My in-laws seemed to light up the moment we pulled into the driveway, and just gave and gave and gave all weekend long. From the wonderful homemade meals, to letting us sleep in while they took care of Big, to sitting and coloring with Big so that hubby and I could have an uninterrupted cup of coffee in the morning (even big, tough Uncle Frank got in on the coloring), to just the overall kindness, love and warmth they showed our children and us all weekend...I'm literally blown away. It's usually a nice feeling to head home from a trip, knowing that life will soon be getting back into a routine...but yesterday as we pulled away from their house, they were all standing outside waving good-bye and there was a definite feeling of sadness within me. I have the most wonderful in-laws on the planet.

Now onto chapter 2 of the best weekend ever...

As we pulled down 104th street, looking forward to the completion of our second long car ride of the weekend, we turned the corner and got ready to pull into our driveway-except we couldn't. Why, you ask? Because my sister's car was parked in the driveway, and my Mom's and Dad's and Brother's and Brother-in-law's cars were all parked on the street in front of our house. And all of them were in our backyard...putting Big's swing set together as a surprise for us. ::insert jaw drop here:: Big's reaction was priceless. She wasn't previously told about the swing set (so as to avoid the persistent questioning of when said swing set would appear in our yard, as is normal with two-year olds) to see "her friends" putting this together for her was almost too much for her to comprehend. She kept repeating "Oh, my goshes!! I can't baweeve it!!" It made a mommy's heart swell. It took 4 men (well 3 men and a big 10 year old boy) 10-1/2 hours to put the thing together...and I know that I don't get to judge this because it wasn't my time that was put into it, but if you ask me, it was worth every minute. The amount of joy that was experienced in the 1 hour that the kids (Big and my 3 nieces and 1 nephew-not Big and Little...cuz Little is, well...too little) got to play on it last night was enough for a lifetime...and we have a whole summer ahead of us!!

I just have to express my almost overwhelming feeling of fortune to have the people in my life that I do. Thank you to our families for being so wonderful and loving us so much. I don't know how we would have made it through the last year without all of you. We love you too!! MWAH!


Monica said...

I'm SO happy to see you're sooooo Happy! :) What a great family you have!

Becky said...

That is sooo incredible. What an awesome family you have! (on both sides!)

Becky said...

That is sooo incredible. What an awesome family you have! (on both sides!)

Kelly said...

I'm so glad that things have worked out so well for you guys. Love to hear the good stuff!

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