My parents came to visit last weekend (yay!) We were all so excited to see them and show them our new house. Because of my mom's accident last September, they hadn't been able to make the trip. It did mean we got extra time in Portland (I think we went three times between September and December), but we were all anxiously awaiting them visiting us.
It was such a fun weekend -- even though we mostly just hung around our house and neighborhood. Eric got lots of yard work done (there is a lot of yard to tackle at this place), we played games, enjoyed a couple of evening fires, went on walks in our neighborhood (to the ice rink, park, and farmer's market), hung out in the newly carpeted playroom, made a bunch of meals, and just hung out. This house is a great house for entertaining and for having guests.
Alden loved that my dad would pick him up and walk him around the neighborhood. Alden loves being outside. Kailey loved having people around who are willing to play with her non-stop.
And, my mom bought two amazing gifts for them -- a mermaid costume for Kailey and a hand-made alphabet book for Alden. These are both masterpieces. Kailey is so amazed at the things my mom can create and cannot wait to learn how to sew and create gowns and costumes herself.
Having Eric's mom here over the holidays and my parents here this last weekend makes our house start to feel like home. It was a great weekend. None of us wanted them to leave. Luckily, they'll be back for Alden's birthday festivities (!! he's going to be one -- how is that possible already?!) at the end of the month. And, while I told myself we don't have to go all out on his birthday the way we have with Kai over the years (particularly since last year we broke the mold and were pretty low-key), we seem to have already failed to lower expectations... we've invited 115 people to his party (which is doubling as a housewarming party).
Here's to making our house into a home!