I don't mean to get sappy, but you guys! I got to see Alissa! And Jesse! And Tony! (Obviously I see my brother a little more often, but it's still pretty awesome.) It was like a mini Morris reunion, but with people I actually love. The fact that they (and Ashley) live in different parts of this huge state gives me actual anxiety. How could I move back to MN and choose who to live near?? Can you all please consolidate into one town or city? Thanks. :)
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Monday morning Ashley and I took the kids to the Children's Science Museum. This was a big destination for us when we were both growing up, but she hadn't yet ventured out to the museum with four kids by herself. Hmm, can't imagine why not? ;) Anyway, between the two of us there were (barely) enough adults to cover four little people with wildly different agendas. Haha. It was a blast. And then I needed a nap.
This is the story of seeing Melissa + Co. after having not seen her for seven years. Susie, her oldest, just turned ten. I remember being at home school band when Melissa showed up all fancy and engaged to "Daniel" (the rest of us called him Dan) and showed us her blingy new ring. Fast forward to 2018. She and Dan have been married "for forever" and are parents to six totally awesome kids. Melissa hadn't met Charlie yet, so while she was soaking him in, I was staring in shock at her own kids. Where had they come from?? Last time I saw Melissa she had one, maybe two kids. Now there were six. They looked nothing alike, which I mentioned to Melissa. Melissa said sometimes people ask if they're tired of having more kids but she replies that since they're all so different, there are no repeats and they're still interesting. :)
I thought this week would never come! I was just pushing through my work, trying to write reports and cross milestones in order to meet The Big Deadline right before I left for Minnesota. At 10pm Thursday, I logged onto my computer to check in for my morning flight and I was still getting work emails! The point I'm trying to make is, I didn't get a chance to look forward to this vacation until I was on the plane flying to MSP. And then it hit. I was off work for five days and my BFF of 20 years (whaa-) was picking me up from the airport! Cue all the dance music!
This is just a quick shout-out to our good friends Christine and Edgar. They invited us and some other really sweet friends to their house for a BBQ. Everybody had a great time. Edgar made us some world-class ribs, sausage, and pulled pork on the Big Green Egg, and Christine worked equally hard prepping the house. ;) After lunch we thought about playing a board game, but the kids convinced us to spend the afternoon outside while they shrieked and giggled on the slip-n-slide. It was a good call. Those kids played hard, and it was adorable. I especially liked Esteban's excitement at getting rocket launched down the slide, even though it usually meant careening off the edge. Haha. Boys will be boys. As a side note, Ali and Scarlett are almost the same age – Ali just turned 7 and Scarlett is 6.5… how crazy is their height difference?!
Sunday dawned with beautiful weather, and Brian and I took full advantage. We met up with Brian's cousin Cathleen and her husband Mike for the annual Annapolis boat show. There were so many beautiful sailboats, and we got to go on board and tour whichever ones we wanted. Brian told me all about the different boats as we walked by them. I know significantly less than him, but at least now I can say I've been on a luxury catamaran! :) I now understand why those are Brian's favorite. They are laid out so perfectly for a weekend getaway to the islands. As Brian, Mike, Cathleen and I sat on a swinging recliner, the sales rep told us we could go in together and rent that catamaran for an evening event or party. How fun! And impractical. ;) But I do like the idea of it. I hope somebody kept her card…
THIS GIRL had a birthday last week! We celebrated in style by walking outside and eating our homemade lunches in the sun. ;) But wait, it gets even better: Christina's birthday was also Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's! We speed-walked over and got in line. Apparently free ice cream is a popular concept! …Though probably not the best business model. It was fun to see the local police officers help out behind the counter and chat with people outside in the street. Made the whole event more festive! It seems like everyone was celebrating Christina's birthday. :)
…to this decade. I am a full earth's orbit past 30, and there's no going back.
Christina bought me the cutest birthday gift – a card came called "Marrying Mr. Darcy." She and I played her copy of it once, with Brian. It was a tough fight but I walked away with Mr. Darcy's proposal. Brian technically won, though, with his wit, beauty and inheritance outmatching ours. I think it's hilarious that Brian won that game. Poor Christina wound up an old maid but at least she was a rich and respected author. And at least she didn't get roped into marrying the terrible Mr. Wickham!!! ;)
Yep that's right, games. We went to two Washington Nationals games – one Friday night with Bill and Christina, and one Saturday night with my work colleagues. They were at the same stadium but felt like two totally different (but awesome) events.
I am so proud of you, Christine!! You decided to go back to school to get your nursing degree after being a stay-at-home mom for your two sweet kiddos. The scheduling got especially crazy when Edgar switched jobs and you started rotations. I remember those exams you prepped for. I know the sleep you indefinitely postponed so that the kids would get baths and hubby would have someone waiting for him after those late shifts. You handled putting your little guy in daycare, nursing presentations, school bus bullies, getting to church, sicknesses+injuries, cleaning the house, shifting schedules, spending time with family+friends, and prioritizing your marriage. You rose to each challenge and made it work. And here you are, Christine Benitez, RN. Heck yeah, friend! God is so good!