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
Mel (and Ginny) & Steve
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