We had a wonderful weekend full of experiences as a family . . .
On Friday, I entered myself into bad-mother-of-the-year-award by forgetting it was a half-day and leaving my second grader at her school 20 minutes after they were let out. And still didn't remember until a school secretary called to say, "Hannah is ready to be picked up now." like she was my dry cleaning . . . sorry honey . . .
On Saturday, Travis and I enjoyed a free date day . . . all day!! At the MOPS auction this year, my mom bought a package of tickets, restaurant gift card and seven hours of babysitting from a fabulous highly coveted home-school girl from our church. My mom kept the tickets and dinner and gave us the babysitting (a priceless gift!!) . . . because it was the end of the month and we get paid at the beginning, the "fun money" was gone. We dug through the drawer and found some un-used gift certificates and had a great day . . . we started out at Starbucks with some yummy coffees and uninterrupted time for conversation with no where to go and nothing to do (that in and of itself was a gift) . . . then we walked around Costco admiring all the deck furniture sets and grills planning the some-day-when-we-win-the-lottery deck we'd buy . . . we then went to a movie (we saw Bridesmaids - lots of inappropriate parts and a bit to much swearing for my taste but plenty of funny moments as well - I'm on the fence about recommending it - just go or rent with the "contains lots of adult content" warning) . . . we headed over to the most romantic spot in town - Lowes - where we held hands through the garden section and did more future dreaming and planning . . . then ended the day at Mae Phim (our favorite Thai restaurant) for a delicious dinner . . . thanks to the generosity of the babysitting and gift certificates, the whole day was free and full of great time spent together . . .
On Sunday, Carrie (a family friend) took Hannah and I to see the Sea Wolves (our local semi-pro soccer team) for an early birthday adventure for Hannah. We cheered and yelled and enjoyed the game . . .
We kept forgetting the team name . . . we knew it was Sea something so the joke continued all day eventually ending with a text from Travis saying, "How are the Sea Anemones doing?!" Definitely a good laugh!! Thanks Miss Carrie for a great day and a whole new view on soccer (2nd grade is lots of fun but not so many headers!!)
Monday concluded the weekend with a wonderful trip down to Grandma and Grandpa's house for the first BBQ of the season . . . they have built a new deck and re-done their backyard that faces a beautiful forest of trees and relaxing creek . . . it is like being on vacation . . . we had a wonderful time drinking lemonade, eating hamburgers and corn on the cob . . . yummy!!
After dinner, we climbed in the old Ford and got to take a drive . . .
Travis thoroughly enjoyed the difference (a Toyota commuter just doesn't have the same appeal) and the girls enjoyed posing and playing . . . Hannah kept saying, "I can't believe this is real" and Haley responded with wonder, "I just don't know what to say!" . . .
We ended the day at the local cemetery to celebrate and remember two precious people in the family who have passed away . . .
The girls helped place flowers in memory of Papa Duane (who died before the girls were born - in 1998) and Nana (who passed away ten years later - 2008) . . . it was a special time of remembering, celebrating their lives and who they were to the family, and talking about how they are no longer here with us but in a much better place waiting for us . . . it was a precious way to spend the day and conclude a wonderful weekend of fun, friends and family . . .