***I got these pics from my Uncle's album. Blogger is treating them oddly. Click on the picture if you want to see the full image (it is only showing you half)***
Dad's 60th Birthday Party- James Bond style, Hale Center Theater, PF Chang's, Characature artist. Camille, you're a rock star.
My incredible Aunt Ali for whom Ali is named (Ali means Noble and Kind, by the way)
This past weekend we took on the crazy task of driving to Utah just in time to throw a baby shower for my best friend of 24 years, celebrate my father's 60th birthday, and bless little Alison with an open house afterwards. If I have ever felt richer or happier, I don't know when it was.
This is one of those moments in life where I honestly feel that even if I never received one blessing more in my life, I'd have still been given more than my fair share- unbelievable family, incredible friends. Around them I am the happiest I know how to feel. I just had a weekend packed SO FULL of being with all those people I love and adore back in Utah that I am reminded of the promise that "their joy will be full". What makes this even sweeter is that as we return to California, I am so excited to see my California family that I am not hurting at the separation. I feel twice blessed. Literally, I can never remember feeling happier. I keep saying that since Ali has been born, but I feel it over and over. May the Lord know of my gratitude and willingness to do what He may ask of me for His great generosity.
I daily think that these are the golden years of my life. Since Ali's birth, I have been trying to cherish each one of these days so I can remember them when the seasons change and there are other tasks at hand besides those I am blessed to have now. Ali continues to be pure sunshine- all smiles, sleeping through the night, and so bright behind those eyes.
***I wish I had photos of the shower and blessing open house! We were so busy doing, I forgot to capture it in pictures- DANG!***
It is a different day than when I originally wrote this entry, and while less sentimental, I thought I'd share a few other thoughts/stories from the trip.
- Cory and Camille transformed the entire upstairs of my Dad's house for his birthday. It's incredible.
- My mother and father-in-law were absolute saints, making the whole weekend not only possible, but happy.
- The kids got sick on our trip. 4:30 am on the way back, Jonas started throwing up all over. "Oh crap!" is all he had to say! Poor kid, cute little raspy voice. Good thing I don't use stronger language... Jonas picks it up fast! I was so grateful to be with our brother and sister-in-law to break up our trip. Just wish we'd had more time together (when my kids aren't vomiting all over!) The day after we got back to CA, I spent the night in the ER with Max who was having breathing issues from a virus he caught.
- We left my wedding ring in Utah to add two little princess diamonds for Ali (we add onto the ring for each child to show they're adding to the richness of our family and marriage- it is a tradition from my parents).
I think that is the end of this random post. I better post it now or it will pile up with the rest of my well-intentioned posts in "drafts"!