Oh my goodness, I can't tell you how much I needed the break last week...it was really good. We had a wonderful week, but I also had a few tough days. I didn't have the blog to take up the slow moments during my day, so there were times where I really had to come face to face with our situation, think about Parke, cry, and just let myself be emotional. It's easy for me to stay busy and not let myself get sad....after all, I have two crazy kiddos to chase around. However, when they both nap, that's hard. I used to beg for those moments of quiet, and now I kind of dread it. Those were my special moments with Parke...just the two of us. So, long story short, it was good for me to face that. For me not to cover it up and stay busy on the computer, editing pictures, updating the blog, or returning emails.
The negative part of me taking a week off from blogging is that I didn't take a single picture until Friday. I love pictures and having a way to document what we do every day. I really missed that!
Anyway, I'm back...and glad to be!
We spent tons of time as a family last week. The kids are just hilarious, and they are growing and changing so much every day. I'm going to do an update on both of them in the next few days.
Micah and I went on an overnight date on Friday. It was so much fun! We went out to dinner, went to a hotel, rented an overpriced movie on the tv (I fell asleep halfway through), slept in, ate breakfast, and met the kids back at home. They stayed with my mom and didn't miss us for one second.
The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, so we took the kids to the Razorback baseball game. We had box tickets, but we only stayed up there for one inning. The kids would not sit still and just wanted to run around all over the place. It was perfect weather for running. :)
We were asked 5.3 million times if the kids were twins.
We started having meltdowns, so we left the game a little early. We still wanted to be outside, but we needed the kids confined. :)
We ended up putting them in the stroller and walking around campus. It was so nice because most of the students were gone for Spring Break, so it didn't make me feel 100 years old. Ha!
I remembered as we hiked around why I always wore comfy shoes to class. I was not wearing good "campus" shoes, and my feet were killing me!
We tried to find all of our family members names on the campus walk. My grandfather graduated there, 3 out of 4 of our parents, and Micah and me. We found Micah's name twice (bachelors and MBA), but did not get to see my name at all! The section where my year was stamped was closed off for construction. Micah was teaching Landry to make fun of me and she was being so silly trying to pick on me. She kept pointing to things and saying, "There's my name! See? Where's your's mama?" She is so much fun.
On Sunday, Micah's parents took Landry camping for Spring Break with her cousins. I've received a few pictures, and it looks like she is having a blast! They invited her for 5 nights, but we had planned to only let her go for 2 or 3...I'm kind of debating about driving to pick her up tomorrow. I miss her so much, but I know she is having the best time. Collier is soaking up every second of being an only child. We have played, and played. I'm trying to tough it out, let her stay, and continue the quality time with Collier. He rarely gets 100% of my attention, and he really seems to enjoy it. He has only asked where Landry was one time!
Two more random things, and then I'm all updated...
I received this priceless piece in the mail yesterday. It is such a sweet keepsake of our precious boy! I had a few people give me the paperwork for this to be done before Parke was born, but they ended up ordering it for us while we were at Arkansas Children's Hospital. It was made by a group called Mamie's Poppy Plates, and they are a non-profit group that provides these plates for families with stillborn or terminal babies. You can visit their website here...really, a great organization!
Also, what do you think of the new blog makeover? Jessica at Diamond Doll Designs fixed me up, and it feels good to have a fresh new look... especially with sweet Parke included! I'm still working out a few glitches, but I hope to have everything all fixed up this week.
Collier is waking up from his nap, and we are about to start going again. Just having him with me this week feels like a breeze. We are going non-stop, and I am just loving staring and focusing on just him!