February 21, 2011

The Long Weekend

It was such a wonderful weekend. Time with good friends. Time with my husband. Time with my friends.

We took a mini road trip about an hour and a half away to visit our good friends who also have a little boy who is just 4 months older than Jack. She is one of my oldest friends from college and we've been through a bundle together over the years. We both dealt with our share of infertility so the fact that we ended up having boys so close in age is pretty surreal. Between chasing the boys around, making sure they have snacks and are getting along, we didn't have a lot of time to catch up. We took all of our boys out for dinner and despite a long wait for our meal, the kids (and our husbands) held up pretty well. It was such a fun day and when we say that we want to hang out with them more often, we really do mean it.

Good ol' man Minnesota winter reared his ugly head again. We hunkered down yesterday watching the snow fall and had a crazy day just running around the house. All three of us had the day off today for President's Day and had been planning a day at the Mall of America- we weren't sure whether or not to venture out in the weather, but I'm so glad we did! Growing up, I LOVED going on rides. Watching my kid ride his first rides today was awesome. He was a little uncertain at first but warmed up to it quickly. Here are a few of his favorites:

He rode the merry go round twice

A little scared of the cars but was laughing at the end

He LOVED the trucks. The poor guy that has to listen to those horns all day... yikes.
Beyond a really great extended weekend, was an overwhelming feeling of both fear and thanksgiving. Being a part of many online mom communities, I have gotten to know a number of moms and their babies virtually. Even though I don't know them for real, their struggles, losses and victories still hit close to home and it is nice to be able to share all of those things with the women who know. Over the past week, someone I know in real life had her world rocked when she found out that her 2 year old daughter had a brain tumor. I've been reading her blog and following the updates of her little girl's surgery and recovery. I've cried and prayed for them. What an amazing family they are- their strength astounds me. This little princess is doing so well, and I am praying for her quick recovery every single day.

Yes, being a parent is often challenging and frustrating but none of that matters in the grand scheme of things. I can't help but feel like this is a reminder to never take a single moment for granted. I count my blessings every day.

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