Sunday, May 24, 2009

One car, two boys, three bags, and four families

Yesterday we packed our bags and headed to Charleston to visit as many friends as we could in a day. We pulled out of the drive way at 7:35am, made a breakfast stop, one pit stop, and arrived in Charleston at 10:00am.

Our first stop was to drop Brian off at his friend's house (Bryan Davis). Then the boys and I were off to The Read's. In February 1999, Jane hired me to babysit her two boys (5 and 18 mos.) two mornings a week. The relationship grew over the years and we became family. In May 2001, I moved in with The Read's. I lived with them until February 2002 - during which time Jane was pregnant with Virginia, I was in graduate school and Brian and I were planning our wedding. It was a crazy time but I loved it! Jane sang at our wedding and both of the boys were attendants. The Read's are a very special part of my life and I will always treasure the memories I have of my time with them. I am glad we got to visit with them for a while yesterday.

Jane, Virginia, and Lucas

Alexander, Jane, Lucas, Virginia, and Heyward

Ethan, Alicia, Alexander, Lucas, Jane, Virginia, and Heyward

The next stop was at Kelly's house. We had lunch and the boys napped at her place while we had a chance to catch up. Lucas slept on the couch while Ethan picked "his room" and some stuffed animals and crashed hard.

Kelly and Lucas
After nap, we went back to pick up Brian at The Davis'. Their daughter Megan is 5 days older than Ethan. They are expecting their 2nd child (a boy!) in July. Brian and Bryan worked together when we lived in Charleston.

Megan practicing being a big sister

The Davis' with Lucas
Our last stop of the day was dinner and playtime with our friends The Davey's. Stephanie and I went to college together and have been friends ever since. Steph was 8+ months pregnant with her first child at my wedding. Now that's a friend!!

Alicia, Sean (Steph's youngest), Steph, and Lucas

Steph and Lucas

Noah, Owen, and Ethan having an absolute blast!

(Lucas, Owen, Sean, Noah, and Ethan)
We had so much fun visiting with all our friends. Hopefully we will get to make another trip to see them soon. It had been a year since we had seen some of them! We left Charleston at 8:15 and pulled in the driveway at 10:00. It was a long day, but well worth it!

Monday, May 18, 2009

May 2009

So far May has been a crazy month. Lucas is growing like a weed, I have gone back to work (from home for now), and we made our first trip to G'ville/S'burg since Lucas was born. We went to the upstate to celebrate my mom's birthday on Friday, May 8, Isaac's baby dedication, and Mother's day.

Mom, Val, and I went to the movies for mom's birthday...KID FREE!! It was great. We spent Saturday with Brian's family and Ethan had a blast playing with his cousins. Sunday was a very special day. Not only was it Mother's Day (my baby sister's first) but it was also Isaac's dedication. It was great to see Val and Neal stand before the church with Isaac in their arms. I am so glad we were able to be there.

Below is a collection of random pictures from the last several weeks including Mother's day weekend.

Lucas is growing up!

Granpa and Lucas

Isaac, Pepaw, Neal, and Lucas

Ethan, Brian, and Lucas

Pepaw, Lucas, and Ethan

"My boys"

Cousin Caleb and Lucas

Ethan and cousin Tyler

Climbing trees at Granpa and Granma's