Oh, hooray for the weekend! We had an amazing weekend with my family last weekend, but I feel like it’s taken me a full week to catch up. Whew! Happy Five Fact Friday!
1. We survived the drive! We made a LONG 11 hour drive, and the kids blew us away with how well the did on the way up. (As for the drive home…it was a little less magical. But, all in all, it went much better than I’d anticipated.) Personally, I credit good snacks, a giant stack of DVDS and books from the library, and the little clip-on trays we got for the trip.
Milo at least isn’t coordinated enough to use a cookie sheet without knocking it (and the twelve cars he’s playing with) onto the car floor which causes more problems than its worth. These little trays had a 2″ lip around the edges that significantly reduced the number of things that fell onto the floor. I absolutely think we’ll use them when we drive to California at the end of the month for our Disneyland trip. Because if Milo can play “traffic” without the cars tumbling to the floor every 30 seconds, things just go a lot easier for everyone. Trust me.
2. They say when you marry in June... My sister Jordan looked absolutely beautiful, and her wedding was just absolutely lovely. The whole day from start to finish. My cousin helped with the catering, and she was so sweet to go way (way WAY!) above and beyond to make sure that our family could eat with everyone else even with our food intolerances, even going so far as to make one of my salad dressing recipes for the luncheon and our favorite gluten free, dairy free cupcakes for the reception. I hate feeling high maintenance when we travel, but Corinne acted like it was the easiest thing in the world for her. It was so lovely and meant so much to me!
3. A Christmas-In-June Miracle. Sophie shocked me by going along with the outfits my mom had chosen for the grandkids to wear. She’s so particular about clothing that it was like a Christmas-in-June miracle that she got into the clothes without a fuss. I don’t know if she’ll ever wear them again, but she did it for the photos, and even though clothes don’t really matter, it was a really big deal to me that she was able to go with the flow on something that can be a big sticking point for her. It was evidence of how far she’s come!
4. Getting my baby fix. I loved getting to meet the two new babies in our family. They were both unbelievably cute and sweet and wonderful. I loved smelling that heavenly baby smell, squishing arm and leg rolls, and kissing chubby cheeks. Now, I’m trying to figure out when I’ll get to see them next, since there are so many people moving in my family this year (and we already live far apart!).
5. Family visits are always too short. Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough to keep me from getting to my family! We can’t get together as often as I wish we could (i.e. at LEAST weekly), so no matter how long the car ride, or how much planning is needed, or how little sleep we might get, it’s worth it. So very worth it. Watching my kids with my cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents was magic.