Packing a lifetime into two days

How do you pack a lifetime worth of memories into two days? You get very little rest and you come to work tired on Monday. I am seriously sleepy today.

We went to Kansas to see Mel & Steve again this weekend. We really adore these two and want to spend as much time with them as we can before Ginny is born because we know we will be exhausted after she gets here.

So we stayed up late talking Friday night. On Saturday we borrowed a wheelchair and wheeled Mel around the mall. She hadn’t been able to get out of the house much since she is supposed to be on bed-rest and they had previously been walking everywhere. They have no car you see.

Anyway, while we were at the mall we went to the Build-a-Bear store. We built twin bears and put four hearts in each one. So each bear has a piece of each of us in it. The bears are named using initials. See we think that since Ginny won’t get to meet her brother and sisters very soon that she needed a substitute, so we decided that Ginny’s bear would be a boy. And since the brother and sisters that the bear is standing-in for are named Mekenna, Adrianna and Kannon, we decided to call the brother bear MAK. MAK’s twin sibling is being called VAAR right now, representing Virginia Altie Aspen R..

For those who have been paying attention you will notice that Ginny’s name has gotten a little addition. That was at Mel’s request. She really likes the name Aspen and requested that we use it. Martin and I were happy to oblige.

The other reason for the bears is that Martin and I will be stealing an idea from a friend of mine and taking a photo of Ginny next to MAK every week and sending it to Mel & Steve. They can use the twin bear to compare to the photos and see how much Ginny has grown.

Before anyone jumps on me, yes, we KNOW that a teddy bear is not a substitute for a baby or for siblings. We are just being sentimental, silly and cute. But it is a fun connection and gave us all a chance to have something concrete to hold onto.

After the mall we went swimming. Actually I’m not sure you can call it swimming. Mel and I floated on pool noodles and the boys spent all their time jumping in and out of the water, splashing each other (and us) and in general acting like total cut-ups. We loved it. Watching our men have fun together was a real blessing. We should have gotten photos of that, but when everybody is dripping wet and having a great time it’s hard to remember to stop and go get the camera!

Steve cooked dinner, we looked photos of their families (really cute kids by the way), and then we all went to sleep. Swimming really makes me sleepy.

Sunday morning the guys went to play frisbee golf before church!!!! Steve & Mel call it “Discin” which is a term Martin and I are still getting used to. I am very glad that I slept in because apparently Martin had to go swimming in a local pond to retrieve a disc at one point. Ick!

Just a note, we really love the church out there. If we lived in Wichita I would SO being joining at Metro East. Their pastor, Todd Pruitt preaches from God word and God’s heart.

After church we got back together for lunch, then some quick shopping for a few nice things for their apartment and then Martin and I had to go get on a plane. I can’t believe we’ve only had two weekends with them. They are such a huge part of our lives now. Oh and let me tell you we LOVE Wichita. It is such a JOY to arrive late at an airport and have the security guy take one look at your boarding card and say “here, go through this gate, I’ll get someone to put you through quickly since your flight is ready to leave” WOW. In Atlanta we would have been doomed to miss the flight, but Wichita is such a small airport that they can afford to care. It is totally spoiling us. 😉

Here are just a few photos from the weekend.

MAK & VAAR at the Mexican restaurant

MAK & VAAR at the Mexican restaurant

Mel (and Ginny) & Steve

Mel (and Ginny) & Steve

camera happy crazy people

camera happy crazy people

Martin, Deirdre, MAK, Mel (Ginny), VAAR and Steve at a really good Mexican place just around the corner from their house

Martin, Deirdre, MAK, Mel (Ginny), VAAR and Steve at a really good Mexican place just around the corner from their house


6 thoughts on “Packing a lifetime into two days

  1. I’m so happy for all of you! It looks like everything is going so well. I pray that everything continues to go smoothly, and you have your little girl home soon safe and sound. 🙂

    Hopefully not too soon though! This is only week 33. she’s 32 weeks and 1 day old today. So we want Ginny to stay put a while longer. 4 more weeks if we can.


  2. What a perfect weekend! I know you’re probably exhausted but I’m sure it was completely worth it! Amazing to think that in just a few weeks she will be home with you where she belongs.

    I was going to ask you…if you are comfortable with it, I would love to send you a little outfit for Ginny. Not too big of a deal, but I love little girl clothes and it would be fun to send a little something along. Email me and let me know if you would be ok with this. If not, that’s perfectly fine, too…I understand! 🙂

    wow! that’s really sweet. I’ll email you privately with the address.


  3. I’m so happy for you and Martin that you had a good weekend with Mel, (Ginny),Steve. My family is praying for all of you every night. And I love what you have done to the nursery! Really cute and creative idea to make it more girly. I love the story book idea! Missing you both at choir, but, I’m so happy all is going well! All my love to all!



  4. I love the teddy bear idea. Be sure to get two copies of the pictures and keep one for yourself. It will be fun in years to come to show Ginny the picture and the bear and say, “See how little you were???”
    Now, get some sleep while you still can. *grin*


  5. You’ve got the Mommy glow too. ^_^

    It’s great to see y’all so happy. Many congratulations!

    Welcome to the blog. come back anytime.
    and I’m not at all surprised that I look happy….cause I AM happy. 😉


  6. I know this is a blessing for you but I have to tell you too, this is such a blessing for GINNY. It is going to be so wonderful for you to be able to tell her all about her birthmom. Even if she never sees her – for whatever reason – she has so much information.


    We are planning on them not only meeting, but having a family reunion of sorts in a couple of year. We want Ginny to meet that whole side of the family. probably when she is three or so.


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