|sweet girls walking together|
|Arden went over the stepping stones by herself-I was more nervous about that than she was...no fear.|
|watching the Koi in the Japanese Garden at Maymont|
|The Italian Garden at Maymont|
|Arden trying to keep ahold of her baby brother, who is not interested in being leashed. :D|
After we hung out there for a while waiting for and talking with an officer, we left and had lunch at Panera. After we came back home, the kids watched a little Daniel Tiger together and Lara and I went to get pedis together! It was delightful after a long morning of light hiking and carrying little ones. Then we enjoyed a Starbucks together before grabbing a few things at the grocery store for dinner. When we returned home the guys were sitting in the living room, only PRETENDING they hadn't moved a muscle. In reality, they had washed piles and piles of dishes for us! I was so thankful because I was dreading the job...having no dishwasher, dishes pile up SO quickly, especially with company and going a lot! So Lara and I got right to work on some yummy waffles made with spelt flour...so delish, topped with strawberries and whipped cream.
The next day, Ryan and Lara left a little earlier in the morning to go have some family time at Cartwheels & Coffee on their way back up to Stafford.
We just hung out and relaxed ourselves.
|Thayer isn't yet a fan of putting his feet in the sand|
|She is a phenomenal big sister. I love this picture. She loves taking care of him.|
The following weekend we drove up to Stafford to spend the weekend at Papa & Nana's with Ryan & Lara, and Keith, who flew in Saturday morning at 1 am.
I went to bed quite a bit earlier than the other adults in the house since I had gotten up at 4:30 on Friday morning. The others stayed up to welcome Keith...guess I was the lazy one. :/ I did hear the happy sounds of family many times when Thayer or Arden woke up confused by the new sleeping quarters. It's good to hear family enjoying time together.
Saturday morning we all sort of got up lazy and slow, made our own breakfasts and helped a bit with the lunch prep before others started showing up to say hi to the visitors! That Caesar salad was absolutely amazing. It was good to see Clare and Molly again; so happy they came, and that we were able to get a family picture! I was so grateful and happy for Michael & Theresa.
There were many friends and relatives (some Amyett, some Dunavant) who showed up for dinner; we had some incredible brisket and lots of laughs. So much fun.
Sunday was another slow-starting day...Drew took the initiative to make some yummy biscuits & gravy, and we scrambled some eggs. After a really late breakfast we all wanted to go out and enjoy the lovely day, so after some of the kids took naps, we went to Smith Lake Park and all the little people ran about and spent some energy out in the sunshine! It was lovely.
It was such a delightful weekend and I had so much fun getting to know Keith better! Also, happy for Clare and Molly's new baby on the way too!