it was another busy weekend!
no physical activity but lots of visits, running around and dealing with anxiety.
my girlfriends came over in the afternoon on saturday but my morning was filled with running around trying to get sugar cookies made for my niece’s baptism on sunday.
i got ready to make the cookies and realized i didn’t have enough butter. so off to the store i go. i get home, make the dough and then have to let it sit. i’m going through my icing supplies and FUCK no meringue powder for the royal icing. this was my breaking point! after two weeks of driving all over hell’s half acre trying to find the damn cross shaped cookie cutter for these cookies, going out for the butter, getting ready to entertain 4 girlfriends for the night i was just at my wits end. i called my hubby down to the kitchen and told him my dilemma. thank goodness for a very understanding hubby, he got in the car to go get me the powder. i stayed home and got the cookies baking. yada, yada, yada got all the cookies made, had all the ingredient for the royal icing, decorated the cookies (which took FOREVER!) and after that i was DONE!
oh and i forgot to mention, my girlfriend and her 6 month old baby girl sat on my kitchen floor while i did all this…. thank goodness for a very understanding girlfriend!!
just as my other 3 girlfriends arrived i was all tidied up and ready for a serious girl’s night.
the night was lovely. 5 years ago my girlfriend became a police officer. i bought a bottle of wine and said she had to save it and we’d celebrate her 5 years of service with that bottle. this year is year 5 and to all our surprise…it aged perfectly! the best part, i didn’t know but she bought a new bottle of red wine and passed the tradition on to our girlfriend that had a baby this year. so now, in 5 years, we’ll get together to enjoy that bottle and see who gets the next one. i love when an unexpected tradition begins xox.
we ate, we drank, we went in the hot tub, we played cards against humanity. it was a great night.
sunday morning i was dead. i was so relaxed from the hot tub session i felt like i had no strength in my joints. it’s a great feeling but also an awful feeling hahaha. we had to leave around 11:30 for our niece’s baptism so i showered, got dressed and was all set to go. it was pretty funny sitting with my friends still in the pj with full on bedhead while i was in a dress, blazer, hair done and make-uped up hahaha
again, thank goodness for an amazing husband. he was in the kitchen making a huge breakfast spread. time went by too fast though and by the time is was done, we had to get out the door! i made him a quick breakfast sandwich and we bolted. leaving the clean up for my friends… hahaha, well it’s the least they could do 😉
the baptism was very nice and thankfully pretty fast. there were 5 babies. i always think i may dread these situations but once i’m in it i do pretty well. i busied myself with chatting with friends and family and during the ceremony i took pictures. afterwards was a very nice time at my brother and sister-in-law’s. i was able to really catch up with some friends and enjoy all the yummy food that goes along with such gatherings. the cookies were a huge hit, which made me very happy. although it’s a lot of work and emotionally trying to do, i am happy i was able to contribute to the celebration.
mid way through the visit i started to get a little tired of everyone staring at the baby and commenting on how wonderful she is and how cute and how well behaved and happy. ya, ya, she’s great… we get it. i always seem to have a bit of “down time” at some point in these visits. you are never far away from your infertility thoughts. but you know what, she is a great baby. so sweet and good tempered. i took her off to a room on my own and got a great shot of her for her thank you cards.
as we were heading out the door my brother in law told us a story of a huge blow up he’d had with his brother and brother’s wife just a few days before. they each have kids that are about 2 1/2. they have grown up together and are always interacting. apparently for a while now their boy has been very rough with my niece and is constantly stealing toys and hitting her. i guess my bro in law had had enough and commented on the issues. then the WILD confrontation ensued. he mentioned that they weren’t disciplining their son properly and he is an ill behaved child (i will vouch, he’s pretty wild and demanding). i guess tempers flared and the end result was their pregnant sister in law actually coming at them first flailing! OMG.
i always think i’m missing out because our siblings all have kids. all of the cousin’s are always together and they seem to have a bond that is really special. i have often felt sad that our kids won’t have the same bond and that we don’t get to connect with my brother and my sister and brother in law.
after this story, i am really realizing that the grass isn’t always greener and distance really does make the heart grow fonder! at least my husband and i can always look back on events and have fond, happy, tension free memories.