Holy cow a lot has happened lately. We went to Little Rock the second week in May and it was a much needed and wonderful trip "home". If you read my last blog, I was at a breaking point and just needed to get away! The kids and I flew by ourselves for the first time. On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being enjoyable and 10 being totally wretched) I would say it was a 7. Not horrible but no where near fun. No one pooped their pants or vomitted so that in itself was a victory.
My parents picked us up from the airport. Dad's hair was falling out by the handful so literally the first thing we did was go home and shave his head. My sister and her fam were in town at the same time for HU graduation. And my brother drove down from Nashville. So we all got to be together. Doesn't happen very often these days!
Pa bought new hats for everyone!
We spent the week just hanging out and getting in some much needed family time. Dad had his second round of chemo in the middle of the week. I got to sit with him for a bit during his treatment. He had a rough day the following day and I was glad to be around to help however I could. I ache when I'm in Minnesota and he's in LR having a hard time. I know my parents have lots of friends to help them out, but I want to be the one to help take care of Dad when he's sick. He only had one rough day when we were there so that was good. One of the best parts of going home was being able to see him and see that he's ok. Chemo is the pits but he's going to be ok. I love him so much.
Dad suggested we go to Chic-fil-A for lunch the second day we were in town. And I said yes please.
my kids with Pa, Aunt Jenni and cousins Sam and Ruby
oh mom, could anything be better than this delicious chicken?
sister pic - Jenni preggo with #3 - Will and I better get movin'. I'm falling behind!
Ruby, Sam and Liam at the zoo - we've missed the LR zoo!
swimming with pops
love the look on Liam's face - pure joy
Hayden and Sandy getting some sun
This is pretty much how Hayden rolls - she's an observer, not a participater. I'm not used to that - Liam is the king participator...you could even say initiator.
pretty darn cute observer though
snuggling with Will's grandmother, MiMi
One day, Will's dad had a boys day with Liam. They went fishing in the morning and then went to an Arkansas Traveler's baseball game that night. Both firsts for Liam. He's still talking about it.
Liam, Pops and Uncle Ellis
They caught seven fish that day! You'd think that Liam would've man handled those fish, but he didn't want to even touch them. He was telling Will about the fishing trip over the phone, and Will asked Liam if he ate the fish. Liam got this completely disgusted look on his face and said "NO!" like he was totally appalled. I think he was imagining taking the flopping fish right off the hook and taking a bite. He couldn't believe that Will suggested that! Ha ha!
popping popcorn with Pa - it was so hilarious. liam had never seen popcorn popped on the stove top like this. the oil spit at him and he about jumped out of his skin.
Nini and Hayden playing at Pinnacle park
The last couple of days that we were in town I left the kiddos with my parents and took off to Camp Tahkodah to be a bridesmaid in my friend Rachel's wedding. What a fun weekend! It was SO fun to see some good college friends. Sometimes I need to not be a mommy and just revert back to my previous life. One of the bridesmaids was a new mom with a little 8 week old baby. She asked me, "is it so hard to leave your kids for the whole weekend?" Hmmmmm.....nope absolutely not. Sorry kids! I didn't have to worry about them one bit. They were living it up with Pa and Nini - Chuckie Cheese and the zoo! The wedding was beautiful and Rachel was stunning. I wish I had more pics to show.
some of the bridal party
Amanda Moore - oh my goodness i've missed this girl! - me and Kristen - got to spend some good time with Kristen. we had a little girls night just the two of us one night in LR. love love love her - life long friend
Kristen poofed my hair for the wedding. I looked like a Texan news anchor.
my dear friend Abby Smith and me - so many great memories with this sweet friend. She sang at the wedding and it was lovely. I just wish NYC was a little closer to the Roch.
Hayden getting crazy at Chuckie Cheese
At the zoo
I thought I would want to stay longer, but a week was really long enough. The last couple of days Liam was asking for his own bed, his toys, and his daddy. I think kids his age like to do fun and different things, but really rely on routine. Liam was great through the week though. He was just enjoyable to be around and I had to do very little disciplining. Lovin that! Don't think I'll be back in LR until the holidays. But my parents are planning to come visit in July and Will's family is planning to come in August. Love the summer!