Thursday, March 06, 2008

Preparations

It is an exciting time around here right now, because we are getting ready for quite a bit of company. First, my parents will be arriving on March 15th (9 more sleeps!) and will be here for two weeks. Near the end of their stay, Steve's parents will arrive with their camper in tow, and will be in Idaho for two months. During their stay, Steve's sister Danielle and her husband Aaron, along with our sweet nephew, Max, will come for a 10-day visit. I am so looking forward to having so much family around. Steve and I love our life here in Idaho, but with literally no family out here with us, it can get a bit lonely at times. Lonely in the sense that I long for my children to have regular interaction with their grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Lonely in that I would give anything to be able to pop in and visit my parents whenever I felt like it. And, perhaps a bit selfishly, I wish so much that Steve and I had the luxury of going out to dinner, or to the movies, or whatever the case may be, on a somewhat regular basis. That being said, we are still so very lucky. We are both extremely close to our parents, and our boys are growing up to know their grandparents really, really well, and nothing makes me happier than that.

So....preparations for the onslaught of company! I'm afraid the guest bedroom has been my dumping ground for outgrown baby equipment and clothing over the past year, so I have quite a project ahead of me in the next few days. I'm in the process of preparing for a HUGE baby-focused yard sale, but won't be having that until after my nephew has been here in April. Last year, I was dreading the thought of parting with all of these baby things, but I must admit, I am actually looking forward to it, now. I'm anxious to "make room" for the next stage in my life, whatever that might be. I won't give up the crib though, because Griffin will be in it for quite some time yet, and, because I just can't. It doesn't take up much room when broken down, so I'll be keeping it for now. I will also be keeping the moses basket, along with many special pieces of clothing and a few other treasures. What I am learning is that little boys seem to accumulate a lot of "stuff", and you just cannot keep everything.

Yesterday, I bought some lovely buttery-golden towels for the guest bathroom - - if you are in need of towels then please do yourself a favor and head over to Target - - they are having a wonderful sale this week, and the selection is HUGE. So, after some cleaning, baking, grocery shopping, etc., we should be all ready to entertain!

7 comments:

Joy said...

Enjoy your family! You are correct, it's nice having built in babysitters.
I have tons of stuff, too. Such is life it seems!

Jen said...

Sounds like you'll have a wonderful time with your family over the next few months!

My husband's parents are 8 hours away and we NEVER see them. He isn't close to them at all. Sometimes that is a good thing, but my daughter doesn't know her Nana and Papa. :(

kirsten said...

Sounds like fun! I bet the kids are excited to see your parents. I know what you mean about stockpiling baby stuff. I have a huge pile of it in the basement and the twins club is having a yard sale so I'm hoping to get rid of it then. I think I would give it all away if someone would just take it off my hands!

Cheryl said...

Talk about sentimental--I had a collection of baby stuff since Courtney was born-almost 29 (yikes!)years ago! The two younger kids were definitely "hand-me-down" kids and I finally gave most everything away. I kept special clothes, books, and each baby's special afghans and quilts in separate boxes for each. The first two children slept in you and your brother's crib Heather!

Melissa said...

Oh how I cried when I took the twisters cribs down and took them to the consignment sale...that was hard! Most of the time I don't have a problem with selling excess stuff, but that one got to me.

It's good to hear that you'll have family visiting for a good while! Knowing their extended family really does enrich a child's life.

Heather said...

Kirsten - You better start blogging again, and soon. I'm breaking out in a cold sweat without my daily fix. What gives?

Cheryl - I nearly fell out of my chair when you mentioned Courtney being almost 29...WHHHHAAAATT???? Holy cow where does the time go? And I also didn't know that Courtney and Ben slept in "our" crib!

Melissa!!!! I am SO confused! How come I didn't know until just now that you have a blog????

Melissa said...

B/c it's boring - even my family doesn't read it. LOL!

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