Well first things first, if I'm to be true to my word. Nancy hugged me today. Well she almost hugged me. She had a finger on my left shoulder while she reached around my right side for something at work today. Now if you know Nancy you know that she doesn't really like to be touched. Now if you really know Nancy, you'd know how ironic that is, but that's a story for another time. But there she was with her arms kind of, sort of, around me. I was so excited I told her I was going to blog about it later... so there you go Nance! Our "hug" immortalized forever.
Well Easter weekend was great. Dave and Mel were down for a couple of days with Adelaide the dog. We had dinner Good Friday at my Mom's. The good news is she didn't cook too much this year. We only had ham, turkey, stuffing, scalloped potatoes, broccoli (with no cheese sauce, Mom must be slipping), carrots, creamed corn and kielbasa which she forgot about in the fridge. Abby ate her weight in ham and then drank endless glasses of water. She had one soggy diaper in the morning. For dessert we had Coca Cola cake in the shape of the Easter Bunny and Oreo cheesecake. Good thing Mom made two desserts since one of them ended up on the kitchen floor. Abby got new Dora sandals from my Mom and Big Sister Dora DVD. Kudos to Mike and Mel for correctly guessing if Dora had a little brother or sister. I won't ruin the surprise for the rest of you, but be prepared for a shocking twist.
Dave and Mel came back to our place to spend the night. Abby was super excited about that. She loves her Auntie Mel and Uncle Dave. In a perfect world they'd live two doors down from us. Not that I wouldn't want them right next door. I just know Mel loves the house two doors down. Saturday the 5 of us took Adelaide to the park. I'm not sure who we were trying to tire out exactly, but both Abby and the dog crashed when we got back home. While the "kids" slept Dave kicked our asses at Saturday Night Live Trivial Pursuit. I swear when it comes to board games the guy is unbeatable. Dave shared with us some video work he's doing for his church (www.thethirdspace.net). Mike and I were both very impressed. So much so that Mike even did a little bragging about it at dinner Sunday night. They stayed for dinner and then hit the trail for home. It always comes too fast. I'm ridiculously attached to my brother and now to Mel as well.
I hate to see them go. I'm hugging them good bye at the same time trying to figure out how long until we get together again. It always feels a bit empty here after they go.
Sunday night we had dinner with Dad and Linda. All the ususal suspects were there with the addition of Uncle George and Aunt Carole. I was surprised at the over abundance of food we had there too. We had ham, roast beef, scalloped potatoes, creamed corn, brussel sprouts, cheese buns and carrot casserole that was forgotten until half way through dinner. Even with it's late arrival we made a pretty good dent in it. Abby's really taken a shine to Uncle George recently although she didn't have a problem telling him to "calm down" when she felt he was getting a little loud at dinner. Uncle George tried to plead his case at which point Abby told him he was silly. I'd have to say the win went to Abby on that one. By the time dinner was finished Abby was on a 100% chocolate high. I swear she was part humming bird. She was going about a million miles an hour. Thank God for Papa Brian playing ball with her and Grandma Linda for having pretend showers with her in the new bathroom. She still didn't come down enough to sleep until about 10 pm. So getting her up for the sitter's on Monday was a chore.
All in all it was a weekend full of laughs with family. The very best kind of weekend in my books! If only they could all be like that.