I'm not sure I'll ever tire of a "normal" weekend. Every one we get seems like a true gift. It's the simple things that make them so special. Sleeping an extra hour (or two) on Saturdays, cooking a big breakfast, basketball games, highly anticipated naps for Jack which means I get to work on a project. Even the girls being able to have a friend spend the night seems like such a blessing. Sundays are church days. Sunday school then service followed by dinner with my family. Then its home to rest and play and later we head back to church for Awana. I know it seems like a lot, but we love it.
I've said it before to friends and I know they think I am crazy, but nothing makes my heart feel more full than having a bunch of children in my house. I love the busyness, the sounds, the laughter. Ella's best friend spent the night Friday and it was so sweet how they all piled into one bed. They play so well with Lucy and take such good care of her. That sweet friend of ours is going to make a wonderful nurse one day. I just know it!
Saturday morning was one we've been looking forward to for a while. Ever since our favorite nurse asked Lucy to be in her wedding, we have been planning and anticipating the day we would go shopping for Lucy's princess (flower girl) dress. The day was so much fun and Lucy enjoyed every since minute of attention she got. Brandy's best friend, and one of our other favorite nurses, Autumn spend the day entertaining and lavishing attention on Lucy. It was so precious to watch them enjoy her outside of a hospital setting. I've always told our nurses and doctors that they didn't know the real Lucy. The one with the spunky attitude and sassy spirit. I think Brandy and Autumn really got to meet Lucy today--the real Lucy.
After we found our princess dress we headed over to the mall for some extra shopping. Oh, these silly girls!
Our weekend was rounded off with a fish fry at my grandparent's home. With my grandfather being sick, we take every advantage of a "warm" sunny day and spend time together as a family. The fellowship is made even sweeter with fried crappie. Well, I had to eat grilled chicken, but everyone else enjoyed his famous fish and hush puppies.
But don't worry...she did have happy moments most of the day.
Before I sign off, I have to share this story. Every Saturday when we go to watch Ella play basketball, the kids each get a Ring Pop. This $.50 treat is the highlight of their day for sure. Inevitably Jack drops his or gets it dirty and begs for another one. If I have any extra change I usually give in because, quite honestly, its just easier when I'm trying to keep him happy AND watch the game. However, every now and then I do have to tell him no. Erik said that when he was getting Jack and Ella loaded up for the game this weekend, Jack came walking out with this clinched tight in his hand:
We have no idea where he got the money, but when Erik asked him about it all he would say was "Ring Pop." I guess he wasn't taking any chances this week!