Daughter1 has been here visiting since a week ago Wednesday, and then her hubs was able to join us several days later. He is conveniently attending a medical conference in the Palmetto State which allowed him a couple of days to see his family too. So very glad we live near his parents and don't also have that layer of complication to work around.
The distance is hard. In a funny way I think I feel it more when she's home than when she's actually on the other side of the country. Somehow the nearness of her, the happy knowledge that she's sleeping in the other room, sitting beside me at the pool, baking cookies in my kitchen, it all makes me long for more.
If you have children who live far from you I know you understand. You anticipate these visits to the nth degree, but you're also acutely aware of how quickly you'll be sending them on their way once more, and it takes an act of will not to let that overshadow the time you do get to spend together. We do our best.
Arrival day Daughter2 went with me to the airport to collect her sister, we had a leisurely lunch in town, then hit the Teacher Store because the start of a new school year waits for no
We met up with hubs later in the day for a fab dinner downtown.
Made me ridiculously happy.
We spent Thursday at the lake because suddenly there are a million and ten things happening with the house, and we needed to make some decisions on big giant boulder placement, drainage, and paint colors. I know! Can you believe it???
We also had to sort out garage doors, check out the trim and ceiling progress, and then meet the landscape designer to figure out a plan to lay down some grass and concrete in place of the mud pit we've got going on. Rain y'all.
In between all that we swam and hung out on the dock.
We took a late day boat ride and Daddy let her drive (name that singer) which only made the day sweeter.
She has always loved the water.
I feel like these sunsets are made especially for me right now.
God knows I need pretty sunsets.
Friday morning we walked around the lake at Daughter1 and 2's alma mater.
Weren't we just moving her in to this dorm?
We stopped by the in-laws to say hello and pick up some eggplant, but really that was just an excuse to see these girls-
Ha! They are super cute! Also a tiny kitten appeared out of nowhere and I can't be certain my daughter didn't put him in her suitcase when she left there today.
We baked cookies because kitchen time with a daughter ranks high on my list of favorite things. Peanut butter cookies rank high on my son-in-law's list of favorite things so I like to have some in the house when he's here. He wasn't actually here yet, but we also took a dozen with us to have for dessert at my sister and brother-in-law's house that night.
Cousin time and southern BBQ make for a picture perfect Friday night.
The next couple of days were spent at the lake and they were splendid. Yesterday Daughter2 went to work in her classroom and Daughter1 went furniture shopping with me.
Hubs and Daughter2 met us for lunch then he went back to work and we followed her to school to check room progress.
There are some lucky, lucky kindergartners meeting their teacher for the first time next week.
We all went to dinner together last night at a favorite local spot, and let me just state again for the record how happy I am we're living in the same geography as the in-laws. We have a nice time together and it was fun sitting around a great big table sharing a meal and our kids.
The Mr. and Mrs. left for the conference today, and only a few
But hey, how about that sunset?