When I told Jeremy and Alex that this was their last day together, they both moaned with disappointment.
It went by too fast!
Can’t he just stay one more night?
I’m gonna stay all year!
It’s been a very good week (despite a few hiccups) and I know we’ve once again made a strong deposit in the growing friendship between these two young boys. When I look at my friendship with Corey, Alex’s mother, and I think about its inception in 1992, I am overcome with gratitude that the feisty redhead took a chance on a shy, chubby newcomer to the Second Baptist Church youth group. Those early years of friendship expanded exponentially into a lifelong relationship, despite geographical distance, that serves as a safe place for comfort, advice, and laughter. (Heavy emphasis on the comfort and advice parts.)
And now we have these two boys who are the same age and love being together. How perfect would it be for us to watch them grow up and grow into their own friendship as adults! That’s why we keep doing crazy weeks like this, why we travel to Atlanta every so often to visit, and why we impress upon our young men the importance of building solid friendships.
This photo was taken yesterday at lunch. Goofy as ever.
I’m too busy this week wrangling three boys and a four-month-old puppy to spend five seconds on the internet. (For the record, the puppy is harder to manage than the three boys combined. The cat is by far my favorite today.) Sincerest apologies to my Words with Friends opponents. I will get to all of you later tonight.
Corey, Gwen, and Alex arrived yesterday and the house went into complete chaos because the dog lost his mind and the boys were overjoyed to see each other. The noise was unreal. BUT, once the sun set, all boys calmed down – including Major – and the three adults were able to enjoy uninterrupted conversation. It was fantastic. I love this family. There is nothing like having your oldest, dearest friend in the same room even if it’s just for a few hours.
Corey and Gwen ran off to the mountains today and will head home to Atlanta this evening, leaving Alex to spend his spring break with us. It’s a very special treat for Jeremy to spend this much time with a long-distance friend, so there’s been non-stop action among the boys since yesterday afternoon. It is additionally difficult for them to stop chatting long enough to fall asleep. Benadryl, anyone?
The only problem with having plans every weekend in December is that they cause the month to go by too quickly.
We spent this weekend in Atlanta with my bestie and her family. I came home with more than 300 photos on my camera, which is insane on my part. After dedicating some storage space to engagement photos (see one example at the end), I blew the rest on Chato and the three boys. We took them to Legoland and then the Varsity for heart-stopping greasy food.
Miniature Falcons game:
Chuck liked Legoland, too!
New Legos for two sweaty, happy boys:
The Varsity for lunch:
The Amazing Chato:
The old men nap:
I rarely take staged photos of anyone but my kiddos, so this was a real treat. This engagement shot is one of my favorites:
On our way back home from Atlanta yesterday we stopped at our favorite Christmas tree farm to chop down a tree. The thing is huge, and by huge I mean that I can’t reach the top of the tree even with a six-foot ladder. But more on that tomorrow. Right now there’s an episode of Homeland on the DVR and a treadmill waiting for me.
Corey and Alex drove up from Atlanta for the weekend so the boys could play and the adults could relax. We spent Saturday afternoon at the campground to swim and participate in some of the extended July 4th celebrations.
It was SO HOT but at least we suffered in good company.
I am officially done with summer. Pretty please, Mother Earth, make autumn come early.
For the first part of our spring break we invited Alex from Atlanta to spend a few days with us. (Ethan from Chattanooga will be here for the second half.) And while they’ve had their fair share of Xbox time, they’ve also spent plenty of time outside in the sun.
They originally took their arsenal of Nerf guns outside to defend the house but were obviously distracted by the family of bugs living in the puddle of water on the slide.
Then they got out the water hose.
And little brother took them down.
As the only girl in the house, I am entirely outnumbered.