THE BEST WEEKEND (Saturday : part 2)

Saturday morning. Lewisville TX. Henry and I sleeping on The Wiggles sheets in a bed shaped like a race car! What more can you ask for? Sleeping later than everyone else??? That’s what happened! But in our defense, we were on a different time zone!

When we got up there were more muffins than I have ever seen. And of course, Henry wanted the quadruple chocolate giant one! And he at the whole thing, too! I opted for poppyseed because that’s so healthy LOL!
After breakfast, Linda and Rena and I took the boys to the park in her neighborhood. It was so much fun. They had a blast. Nobody broke any bones which was fantastic.

Here are Ridge and Henry playing.

Taking a little snack break.

Linda had the cutest eggs that were colored and filled with confetti. I bet the boys broke 10 dozen eggs on each other. I’m sure her homeowner’s association is THRILLED with the mess we left, but it was SO worth it!

Damon & Big Jon went golfing that morning but when they got home, the girls (without Rena) went to the mall to hit the Sephora store. William wasn’t in a mood for Rena to leave so she just hung with the boys. Heck, she probably got a nap!
We had a blast at the mall. It was nice being without our kiddos, even though there were 3 babies with us. They were pretty quiet :)
That night Linda and Big Jon had the most elaborate fondue dinner planned. There were 3 different cheeses, veggies, grilled meats, a chocolate fountain with fruit & goodies. I think we stood by the chocolate fountain for HOURS! It was so good and decadent.
Here is Jon & Clay (?) making the fondues – and Linda making sure they are ok!!!

Rena and Alicia had to make sure everything was ok, too! Sorry about the pic, Alicia 😉
Chitting and Chatting over delicious food!
The coveted spot in front of the chocolate fountain. (sorry Andrea for getting you with food in your mouth)

Watching something in our food-induced coma…I’m sure it was late, lots of wine/beer had been had and something silly was on TV.
Or maybe it was Hannah playing her Britney Spears dance contest video game :) She was REALLY serious about it! It was so cute!

Saturday was a fantastic day. The boys had a great time. The girls had a great time. None of us wanted Sunday to come…
Part 3 to follow!

THE BEST WEEKEND (Friday: part 1)

This might sound strange to some who read my blog. Henry and I just got back from a weekend with 7 girls (and some of their kids) that I have never met in person before.

What? Weren’t you scared? How did this happen? Whaaaat??? (those sound like my mom’s questions)
There is the most wonderful group of girls that I am a part of online. They have been together since they were pregnant with their (now) 3 1/2 year olds. They have become best buds, sharing happiness, sadness, funny stuff…everything. I became friends with a girl named Linda on a messageboard about a year ago. She invited me to join their private messageboard and it’s been fantastic ever since then. I can honestly say, I don’t know what I did without these girls! I really consider them to be some of my best friends in the world.
So we had a meetup this weekend in Dallas at Linda’s house. There were 7 girls, 4 3 1/2 year old boys, a 10 month old, twin 8 month olds and a 5 month old. Oh, and 2 dads who were AWESOME! Total on the board, I think there are about 25 members, so it was just a few of us who were able to get together this time.
Friday, Henry and I met a girl from Augusta at the airport and flew to Dallas. Henry was a WONDERFUL little boy in the airport. The security guy slipped us into a short line in security so we got through REALLY fast! Thanks to that guy in the Atlanta airport. You really made a big difference in this mom’s sanity!
Here was the best thing, though. We ran into a pilot and some flight attendants on our way in. He stopped to ask the pilot if he drove the plane. The pilot said yes and Henry asked if he was going to fly our plane. The pilot wanted to know where Henry was going. He said to Texas. The pilot said, “no son, I’m going to Africa today” to which Henry replied, “well, my favorite continent is North America”!!!!!! They thought he was the cutest thing.
The flight was uneventful. Henry loved taking off and fell asleep about 3 minutes before we landed! Typical :) We got to Linda’s house and it was so not awkward. It was like we had known each other all our lives. I think it was so special. The boys loved each other so much. William and Henry hit it off IMMEDIATELY. Rena and I knew they would, but wow! They really just loved each other.
We ordered pizza, drank, chatted, drank some more, ate some more and just had a blast. While I was laying with Henry trying to get him to go to sleep that night, I asked him what his favorite part of the day was. Was it the bus to the terminal, the escalators, the train in the airport, or the plane ride? He said “no, mommy, my favorite is my new best friends. I love them”! Awww……
Here are a few pictures from Friday night.

Lil Jon, Ridge & Henry jumping on the bed

The boys being still for about 3 minutes.
The girls: (from left) Nannette, Hannah, Andrea, Me, Linda, Alicia, and Rena.
Do we look tired?
More to come later. Look for parts 2 & 3!

What a fantastic wedding!

We had the most wonderful time at a wedding last night. Carmen and Ron, friends of ours got married last night in a beautiful ceremony at the Methodist Church here in town (my home church).

Carmen and Jason grew up next door to each other. She and Jason’s sister, Laura were best friends. Laura died at 11 years old and her family and friends have grieved her death for about 28 years now. Jason’s mom came down for the wedding. I’m sure it was very hard for her, but wonderful…knowing that Carmen (who was like a daughter to her) was finally marrying a wonderful man who will treat her like a princess.
Princess…that brings us to the reception! The reception was held at The Austin Theater in downtown Fort Valley. It’s an old movie theater that has recently been restored and is absolutely beautiful.
Upon entering the reception you were greeted with movie posters “photoshopped” with Carmen and Ron’s pictures on them. It was the funniest thing. Totally fits Carmen & Ron’s personalities. (Side note: Ron’s mom told us at a wedding shower that for Christmas one year, Ron’s sister wrapped up her CAT in a box and gave it to her mom. Imagine the surprise!)

So here’s just one of the posters – how funny is this? So creative!

There were others: When Ron met Carmen, Smokey & the Bandit, Bride of Frankenstein…
When they entered the reception they were greeted for their first dance with an Elvis impersonator (courtesy of Wendy B – way to go!) and they were SHOCKED! He did his thing for about 30-45 min I guess. He was really good, too.
Carmen’s brother had put together a video of pictures of Carmen and Ron growing up and through their journey together. It was really really sweet.
At the end of the night, Jason drove them away from the reception in my mom’s new Jaguar! Long story…but it turned out great!
Oh, and Carmen wore my bracelet as her “something borrowed” and my sixpence in her shoe. I was so honored that she asked me to use the bracelet!
Here’s the new couple! Best wishes, Carmen and Ron! We love you lots and wish you all the happiness in the world! Isn’t there a saying, “the couple who plays Vanilla Ice at the reception stays together??? (that might have been the highlight of the night.

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