Between two full-time jobs and general keeping-up-with-life, our world feels so. damn. busy. I don’t know how we are going to manage as the kids get older and have…. gulp… activities. How are we going to make that happen?! A worry for another day. All this is to say, there are lots of important, special people in our life whom we do NOT see often enough. Luckily, a three-day-weekend presented that oh-so-special bonus day that’s perfect for reconnecting.
On Saturday, we got to reconnect with my friend Sarah and her husband, Nolan, and their two daughters, Nora (just under 2) and Elsa (3 weeks). It was wonderful meeting Elsa and watching the older kids play together so nicely. Of course, in my haste to get the boys out the door on my own (why is that so difficult by the way?), I forgot my camera and I have no photographic evidence of the beautiful Elsa Joan. Suffice it to say that she’s breathtaking and affectionate and makes the cutest coos and sighs.
On Sunday, I actually made it to a social function with some coworkers. This NEVER happens, but I was able to sneak away after the boys were in bed last night and join friends for a drink to celebrate my friend Norma’s birthday.
THEN, my aunt Mary and her kids stopped by this afternoon for lunch.It was sooo000 good to see them. It’s been harder to keep up with my extended family, especially with Andy’s weekend work schedule and in this case–hockey schedules for all three cousins!
For their visit, my cousins brought along the newest member of their family, Jax the Dutch rabbit! It was funny to watch Drew and Owen; they’ve definitely started to showboat when company comes over. Drew started off by wearing a track through the house to show off his “cheetah running skills.” Owen, not to be outdone, simply rolled around on the floor like a puppy until his hair stood on end from the static. When the talent show subsided, they trotted out various stuffed animals to parade past the guests. I fondly remember that instant hyperactivity that comes when company comes over.
Here is the crew, from left to right: Sonja, Drew, Anders, Owen, Margot.
Owen took an immediate shining to Sonja and anytime I approached the duo, I was told to “STOP!” Apparently my presence spoiled the fun or something.
Jax was the true star of the show, and both boys were smitten with the quiet, cuddly little guy.
Scout was pretty curious and gave Jax some major sniffing upon Jax’s arrival, but then set about ignoring him… until he started hopping around. I narrowly grabbed Scout’s collar and held him back when a chase broke out. Mary and Margot said Jax ran to a corner and jumped about four feet in the air looking for an escape–they both continued to marvel at how high he’d jumped! For the remainder of the visit, anytime that Jax was out of the cage, we sent Scout outside or upstairs. Having a bunny in the house definitely awoke his animal instincts. Jax actually lives with two Golden Retrievers, but they’ve obviously been trained to not eat the bunny!
It’s been a lovely long weekend. Andy worked Saturday and Sunday but is now enjoying some days off. I get to join him later in the week and we’re relishing a much-needed break.
Here’s a couple of randoms from the weekend… the photo of Drew drinking water is nothing special, but I had to grab my camera because he just looked so OLD sitting on the high stool having a glass of water.