Last Thursday I posted all about our daughter Leah (if you didn't read it you can find it here). She is expecting their first baby, a little girl named Emery Katherine, on March 10th and we are beyond excited! Unfortunately she and her husband Kyle live in Georgia, and we live in North Carolina, and that means a 7 hour drive. Ernie's treatment for Multiple Myeloma this past year, and the toll the cancer took on his body and sacrum, have prevented us from flying or making the drive to Marietta. Leah and Kyle however, have made the drive and come home endless times to visit and be with us in good times and bad, and we are so appreciative!
Sensing the longing in my heart to spend time with Leah before she becomes a mommy, my family conspired to give me an early birthday present...a roundtrip plane ticket to Georgia before the baby is born!
I left last Friday and returned Monday, but oh what a wonderful time I had (I could enjoy myself because I KNEW Tara and Jamie would take such good care of Ernie while he was home alone). We had lunch together, shopped for home and nursery decor, put baby equipment together, ate the best guacamole I have ever had at Pappasito's, went to an amazing baby shower for Leah, hung curtains, picture frames, a shelf and Emery's banner, packed the diaper bag, organized the changing table and Emery's closet, took a relaxing walk, and watched the Superbowl. I loved giving her my undivided attention, having time to talk, looking at her beautiful bulging belly, feeling Emery with the hiccups, and just being together.
|I actually managed to put the pack-n-play together...no tools required!|
|Elle decided to try out the bouncer|
|"Cute as a button" was the theme|
|The food was color coordinated, often went with the theme, and was so delicious!|
|Leah and her proud Mommy!|
|Though it looks like a mess, we really were organzing everything!|
|Gorgeous curtains with such fun fringe!|
|Kyle's amazing pepperjack, bacon grilled turkey burger for our Superbowl feast!|
Thank you to my family for this amazing gift. I will treasure that time always!