On Saturday, we ate lunch at our neighborhood playground, then the kids (including Michael, our fourth child) burned off all the calories by running around and playing. It was a gorgeous afternoon, and even after a fun vacation, it was good for us to spend some relaxing, playful time together. Meghan and Griffin have thankfully continued their “teamwork mentality” and have been getting along really well – even without bribery! The result has been a lot of playful roughhousing (translation: they are acting like animals!), but I’m trying to just be thankful that they’re not fighting.
Michael sang at both services on Sunday morning, and Meghan went with him so she could start her new “job” as helper to the 1st grade group. She has decided that the 3rd grade team is boring, and she’d rather go to Big Church with us – so as a compromise, we worked out a deal where she could help for one hour and go to the service with us. This year has been all about finding ways to keep her stimulated and satisfied while trying to help her remember that she is still a nine year old. Don’t ever tell me that gifted kids aren’t “special needs”!
After church, we drove over to Rockwall for Easter dinner with my parents, my brother, and his beautiful fiancee, Alana. Yep, that’s right! Baby Brother is getting married on May 2! We are so excited. We are crazy about Alana, and those two have taken such a long and winding road to get to this point. We had a great time hanging out with them yesterday.
Michael pointed out to me that this could be the last family gathering at my parents’ house – they have a contract on it and will be out by the end of May. I thought I would be sad, but honestly, I’m quite ambivalent about the whole thing. I think it’s because they dragged me there kicking and screaming when I was 12 years old, and I never really cared for it since! I only lived there for 5 years, and those 5 years were not exactly the best in my life. Plus the house looks totally different now than when I lived there – they have completely remodeled and redecorated over the past 7 years or so – so I’m not that all attached to it. Call me callous, but I’m kinda like “good riddance!”
So there it is in a nutshell – and then some. Hope your Easter was merry and meaningful!