Tuesday, March 29, 2016

bitter sweet

This week has been very bitter-sweet. My brother Mark, SIL Missi, Aiden, Liam, and Sydney are in route from San Diego to Bend, Oregon for their next adventure. I will miss this family so much, but my heart is happy for them and this opportunity. I wish nothing but the best of them and look forward to vacationing in Bend- a lot! 

Cousin Sleep Over!
Before the move, I had to have all the cousins over for a fantastic, memorable sleepover. It was a blast! I think I heard "Your are the best Auntie and Uncle ever" like 100 times! I will admit, I spoiled these three over and over again. I'm going to miss them like crazy- and won't be able to spoil them often! 

{A pictorial review of one fun night}

Tony and Sydney have bonded over his phone and his chair. 
Sydney has discovered Tony's chair joystick and tries to drive him everywhere while stealing his phone! 

Wubble Bubble ball... amazingly it lasted the whole night without popping! 

Freeze dance!

Movies, root beer floats, and rainbow floats: what more do you need?

They all slept well- even Sydney who ended up sleeping in between me and Tony.
They woke up to a Yummy breakfast !

Brother, Sister, and Nieces - date
Mark and I made a plan to get out and go to Sushi! It was great to spend an evening with him enjoying sushi, one of our favorites to eat together!  I was able to hold it together this night- but pretty much any other time I saw him this week- I was a mess - I'm really going to miss him. To my defense, it wasn't an easy good bye for Mark either. There's something special about a brother, and it was so nice to basically grow up into adults together in San Diego. Deep down I'm truly excited for him. Mark has always been drawn to the mountains and the trees. Missi and Mark have worked so hard for this freedom and I am excited to watch them experience this opportunity! 

And this lady... I lucked out in the SIL department. We have been through so much together, she really is like a sister to me!  We got to spend her second to last night in San Diego together. Missi, Liam, and Sydney- stayed the night and we just had a super simple evening. Basically the kids played, Tony watched basketball, and Missi and I sat on the patio, enjoyed the view, chatted, and drank too much wine! It was a much needed night! I love her and will miss so much having her in my town. Though, I am so happy for her and excited for her to finally enjoy her new home! 

God's blessing to my brother and his beautiful family as they start their new adventure in a new state! 

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