The past two weekends have been busy and exciting. Last weekend, my dad's sisters threw Summer and Ryan their first wedding shower! It was just as great to see our extended family as it was to celebrate the almost Duffies! Summer is the baby cousin and the last of the girls to get married. Chad is the only cousin left... and he is quite a catch, ladies... if you're in the market ;) My Aunts have thrown a shower for each of the cousins and do such a great job.
This was the first shower to include a slew of children. They "helped" Summer and Ryan open their presents. Thankfully, patience with little ones is the biggest part of Summer's job five days a week.
Here are all of the little ones with their great-grandparents, Grammy and Poppy. Cambell looooves Poppy, especially saying his name.
Here are the bride and groom with their parents. The Duffies are WONDERFUL and a great addition to the clan. Ryan's parents are generous, fun, and very loving. Graham and I always enjoy talking with them. They love Summer and she is so blessed to be marrying into their family!Later on in the week, I found out one of my dearest friends from A&M was going to be coming through town. It wasn't exactly the weekend, but it sure felt like it. Tara and little Avadelle joined us for lunch at Chuy's and then we were able to have Mommy time while our little ones napped.
She especially loved getting to hold Avadelle in her lap. It was a totally impromptu trip and I love any chance to catch up with Tara and squeeze Avadelle's cheeks.
After my spontaneous visit with Tara, I got a text message calling for another spontaneous reunion of friends from A&M. It started with the Leichty girls coming just in time for lunch. After our little ones were fed and rested, Cambell and Hannah played together with a new found appreciation for one another. Cambell has never reacted to anyone with such affection before. She HAD to be hugging Hannah or sitting in her lap, all while wearing the most serious of faces. If Hannah moved across the room, Cambell would follow frantically wanting "Hennah hug" or "Hennah lap". I began to cry from laughing so hard, watching my daughter love her friend so much with such enthusiasm. Cambell's love translated a little violent at moments, but Hannah was a trooper and enjoyed the attention.
Sweet little Mary Kate "Cake Kate" was an independent woman and wanted no part of the love fest. She is one precious little thing, though. Plus, she is my birthday buddy :)
Lauren (McCurry) Scurry and Stephanie (Higgins) Cole, along with her little munchkins joined us and we all went to dinner. It was a little crazy with the kiddos outnumbering the adults, but so fun. We separated to go home, bathed the little ones, put them to bed, and then met back up after.When I think of my time at A&M, I think of these girls (and Tara, of course). Lauren and I lived together three years, one year in a room the size of a large closet in the TriDelt house. Maryanne may as well have lived with us. We finally got to live with her our senior year. Steph got married early, otherwise she would have lived with us, too :). We do not get to be all together enough anymore. It was completely wonderful and random to see them in between each others' baby showers. The trip was planned in 24 hours, and never would have happened if we had tried to pick a weekend months in advance. We sat on couches in the back room of Uncorked for FOUR hours. It was WONDERFUL and soooo needed. I miss them being a part of my daily routine. I can't understand how they still love me after knowing my every flaw. We did not get a picture together on Saturday, but here we are back in the day.
After saying goodbye to her new best friend on Sunday morning, Cambell got to attend a birthday party for some other big kids she loves. Hudson and Avery Anne turned SIX earlier this month, and they were sweet to add little Cambell to their guest list. She enjoyed pretending she was a big kid.
One of the moms took these pictures of Cambell. A mixture of over-stimulation and no sleep made for a difficult muse. Still, these are great pics.