Friday, August 15, 2008

An Update of Sorts....

I had decided to take the summer off from blogging because I need a little break. We have had a busy summer, but somehow I just haven't felt like writing about it!

Well now the summer is quickly coming to an end, and I've decided to go ahead and write. Not that anyone still reads my blog, but still. I don't want to give it up entirely!

We began the summer with Emma finishing up preschool. After that, we enjoyed a few quiet weeks of going to parks, water splash pads, and the zoo. At the end of June, we headed over to my Mom and Dad's neck of the woods for my brother Jonathan's wedding. It was a busy, but great weekend. It was the first time in quite a while that I'd been together with all of my siblings. The wedding was beautiful, and I was pretty happy with how the girls behaved throughout the ceremony and reception. Both girls had so much fun dancing, and Ella followed Laura (my new sister-in-law) around, wanting to dance with "the princess." It was so cute!

After the wedding, the festivities didn't stop. Laura's family held a brunch the next morning, where we enjoyed some more fellowship and watched them open gifts. After that, it was time to get ready for my sister, Julie's bridal shower. It was the only time she'd be in town before her wedding in September, so we held it the Monday following Jon's wedding. There is so much work that goes into throwing a shower, but it was so nice and definitely worth every effort! Todd had to return to work, but I stayed behind with the girls to have some extra time to visit with my sisters and a friend as well.

July was actually a fairly quiet month. I don't remember too much happening other than just trying to keep the girls busy! Todd started a new job, and we are just so thankful for it. Michigan's economy is not that great, but his new job is a wonderful step up for him. He's gotten his foot in the door, with a management position. It provides lots of overtime, which means we don't see him a lot, but the pay is so helpful.

And here we are in August, which has been a busy month so far. We took a much-needed trip down to Georgia to visit Todd's family. Todd's grandfather is turning 90 years old this month, and Todd's dad graciously flew us down for the party. We hadn't been down there in over 4 years, and we didn't realize how good it would be to finally see everyone again!

We flew into town on Friday night and enjoyed pizza with Todd's parents before heading over to see his grandparents. Todd's brother, our sister-in-law, and our nieces and nephews were there waiting to see us. I can't describe how wonderful it was to see all of them! My sister-in-law, Chanda, and I have spoken on the phone a few times a week for the past 4 years, but we haven't seen each other at all. And the cousins don't even remember the last time they were together! The kids hit it off right away. I was so thankful that my girls had this time to reconnect with family. The older I get, the more important family becomes to me.

Saturday morning, we had another exciting time. I tell you what, this weekend was non-stop excitement! My best friend Samantha just happens to live near Todd's parents, so we arranged to get together with them. I went to college with her husband Dave, so it is always good to see the whole family. We met at a diner for breakfast, then headed off to a park so the kids could run around while the adults talked. It was just too short of a time, but we made the most of it and treasured every second!Of course we had to take photos! Samantha and I have known each other for 14 years!! Man, have they gone by fast. We met at Teen Missions Boot Camp, when we were volunteering in the kitchen. We ended up both going to Moody, being roommates, and best friends. I'm so thankful that we have stayed in touch over the years.

We decided to pose for a family picture by the park. Such a beautiful setting!

Would you believe this is my in-law's backyard? The girls had so much fun walking on the paths and looking at Grandma's beautiful plants and flowers.

Yep, this is still her backyard! She loves her flowers and birds. She has so many neat bird-feeders, but everyone's favorite is the hummingbird feeder that hangs off of the deck. We saw quite a few birds over the weekend.

Saturday after our visit with my friends, we spent time relaxing with family until it was time for a surprise. We went with my brother and sister-in-law and their kids to go do something that I still can't even talk about! All I can say is, Todd's family will have to wait until Christmas to find out!

We spent Saturday night having a cookout with everyone at Todd's parents house. Then Sunday morning we took all the kids to the neighborhood pool before getting ready for Daddy George's birthday party. The party was very nice, with so many friends and family in attendance. Here is a nice family picture of us at the party!

Now we are back home and enjoying the last few lazy days of summer. Just a little over 2 weeks until Emma starts school and we begin our busy fall.


Chanda said...

awww! I'm glad you posted again! I was wondering! :) Love you and miss you!

Sammy said...

That was a great recap! I loved having you guys down here! I just wish it could be more Christmas?! I miss you, my dear friend!!