The good and fun last weekend? First was the pinkfest baby shower I co-hosted for The Lisa on Saturday. It was SO fun and such a sweet day of celebration. And not to toot my own horn, but it came together pretty smashingly - it was pink and yellow and cozy and HAPPY. Nothing but happiness radiating from each one of The Lisa's loved ones who were there to celebrate baby Alice and her mommy with us that day. Baby Alice has no idea how very lucky she is to have my very dear friend as her mama. And isn't her mama cute and glowy and such?
Yes, yes she is.
Behold, The Table Of Sweetness. See those letters? And in the next picture, those tissue ball thingies? I CRAFTED those things out of paper and glue and cardboard and a freaking Exacto knife. AND LOVE. I don't craft, people. I just love The Lisa enough to try. (And I liked it. Note to self: do more crafty things.)
So there was that.
And Sunday, the good and fun just kept coming. We had a special visit from J's sister, aka my SIL, aka Auntie LaLo. And her husband, Uncle Ben. They're very fun. And very good. And very, very sweet to the littles, who had a GREAT time showing them how it's done at the splash park (where we ended up after a Barton Springs FAIL - I think half of Austin was trying to get into that parking lot on the hottest Sunday of 2010, so we detoured).
Hey, A, how much fun did you have with Auntie LaLo and Uncle Ben?
(That's his "SO MUCH FUN!" face.)
And then yesterday, there was good and fun when we found out we were under contract on our new home in Wisconsin.
Wait, what? I didn't TELL you we're moving to Wisconsin? Oh! Well, guess what? WE'RE MOVING! To (northern) WISCONSIN! Where there are four distinct seasons and green and gold clad Packer fans and lots of people we love nearby. And a wonderful opportunity for J to advance his career while also being home for dinner most nights. How's that for good? And fun. And busy. Because if I thought merely having two little people (barely) under two years old was busy .... I'm now learning about a whole new level of busy as we try to sell our house and buy our next house and try to sell my (2wd) vehicle (that's not going to cut it in 87 feet of snow) and try to find new doctors and contact old doctors for records and pick a mover and do the other eleven hundred things that one has to do when uprooting a family of four (plus three furry friends) across the whole country. Busy.
And then, of course, there's the very sad aspect of all this .... saying goodbye. Goodbye to the Texan relatives and amazing friends we've collected who have made this place home, crying with us and laughing with us and pitching in when we needed furniture moved upstairs. Goodbye to this city, so fair and so funky. Goodbye to this house, where we painstakingly chose just right shades of paint for nurseries and brought home precious wee babies and watched them grow big. Goodbyes are never good, or fun, or easy. At all. They hurt my heart and they make me cry. But the ache of goodbye is soothed when you know, you truly know from the bottom of your heart, that it's the very best thing for your family, this move. And that there are airplanes to bring southern friends to see you (or take you to see them) and old friends you love waiting up north to welcome you home. That there's a new
city smallish growing town waiting, full of big opportunities and loving memories to be made. That you've got a new house waiting for you to fill with love and the giggles of growing littles. So the goodbyes, they won't be easy ... but there's MUCH to look forward to.
Life certainly won't be boring these next few weeks. Wish us luck.