Now, on to the pictures...
So, as it turns out, it IS possible to OD on guac (who knew?)...
...how the journey to mend our son's broken heart changed our family forever...
AND he started blowing kisses!!! (SO excited about this one - we've been working on this for a while!) AND, our great friend Erika gave us some blocks for the kids to play with earlier this week. Bodie was whining before dinner, so I put him in the highchair, dumped a couple blocks on his tray and turned around to start on dinner. I turned back around a couple seconds later to find the blocks STACKED! I was a bit dumbfounded, since I was pretty sure I had not stacked them on the tray when I put them there. Sure enough, little man is now stacking blocks!!! WOW... (this is also a video, so click to play)
Oh, and for the record, stacking 3-4 blocks (which is what he's doing now) is a 15-18 month milestone, but who's counting? :-)
Enjoying margaritas, sans Stacey, who, I'm pretty sure, was pumping! :-)
Prepping packages and we talked of sweet, sweet Travis.
Which brings me to the sorrow part. As wonderful as it was to finally meet these amazing women, they didn't just come for a social visit. They came, from all corners of the United states, because they felt they needed to be there to celebrate Travis DiCarlo and love on our heart sister Nicole. We drove down to San Diego yesterday for Trav's celebration of life. It was one of the hardest things I've done. When we got there, I actually offered to sit in the car and watch the kids (Sara had brought her youngest Paige, who is nursing and therefore too "boob dependent" to lose mom for the afternoon and I brought Bodie, who is clingy and therefore too "mom dependent" to lose mom for the afternoon). The other ladies, sadly, would have none of it and we all headed in together. It was surreal to hug Nicole outside (and the look on her face as she realized who Jenny, Kathy and Stacey were was truly priceless - although she knew Sara and I were coming, we kept it a secret that the other girls were coming as well). It was hard to walk in there and see all those pictures of sweet Travis and to know that he's not with us anymore. I think we were all in tears within minutes, if not seconds, of entering the room. The service was absolutely beautiful. Nicole gave a beautiful eulogy (oh how it feels so wrong to even use the term "eulogy" in the same breath as sweet 16 month old Travis). No parent should ever have to do it, but she did, with such grace and raw beauty.
Proud Sierra at dinner
Mr. Dapper at dinner (do you see the pink fairy wand in his hand? It's his newest obsession. Thank goodness Sierra has decided she doesn't really want it anymore, because I'd hate to try to pry it out of Bodie's hot little hands - Daddy's not to thrilled about it! LOL)
This is Daddy's assessment of going out to dinner with 2 kids in tow...
She was SO excited about bowling!
Showing off her ball!
Bodie didn't do too shabby either...he was fascinated by the whole experience!
She also had her first SLEEPOVER tonight with her best friend Fia! As things often do with 3 and 4 year olds, it ended a bit earlier than anticipated (Fia went home a bit before 10pm), but that's ok - we sure had fun while she was here and each experience gets the girls a bit more comfortable with their own independence. :-)