Saturday, November 5, 2011

Snow day and hello again, workforce!

Last night was practically like Christmas Eve for Lily.  Right as she was heading to bed, the snow had just started to fall and stick on the grass.  Like promises of Santa's visit, we lured her under the covers with deals of playing, snow gear and snowmen after a good night's rest.
Luckily, the weather held up it's end of the bargain and by the time they woke up, had breakfast and got dressed, there were a few inches on the ground to have a good romp in.
Lily burst out the door when we finally let her.  That girl loves her some outside weather!

Julia, on the other hand, wasn't so entirely thrilled with it.  She certainly didn't mind the snow, but definitely could not figure out why we were all so excited to get her out into it!

Lily was determined to enjoy all of her regular fun activities despite the blanket of snow on everything, from the 'playground' to the trampoline...

Julia decided she liked her normal routine best too and spent a lot of the time wanting to be held by mom and dad.

After a few quick jumps on the trampoline... was time to go inside and warm up!  Or at least so I thought.  Seems Julia had so much fun running (or being carried) around that she crashed pretty immediately after we went in.

Overall, it was such a nice day!  I got to start the day at a brunch at my friend's church and spend some time learning about and doing some cute crafts.  (Got some fun ideas for Christmas presents!  Gotta get an early jump since doubling my number of passengers may make it a bit more interesting to run errands this winter.)
After that, it was a fun visit with some of our closest friends and their adorable little girl.  Then it was off shopping with Lily while Julia napped so I could both find some heavier duty snow gear for the girls and so I could finish the dinner that was already started in the crock pot!  A quick stop at work to grab a key and got to catch up with a couple of my favorite co-workers and a little tour of Old Navy to see if we needed anything more than socks with our Friends and Family coupon.

It was a great day filled with some good family time and great visits with friends both old and new.  What a fun way to wrap up my 'maternity leave'.  Yes, tomorrow I return to work.  I am not particularly excited about not spending my days at home with my family, but there are a lot of positives to look at too.  Robert will be off on his paid paternity leave through the middle of January, so the girls with still be at home with a parents, even if it's not me. :)  It will be nice to have some open availability and work more hours than I could if Robert were already back to work so we can get some extra Christmas cash (and medical bills and other not-fun stuff) coming in.  I get to see my co-workers again!  I genuinely do like spending time with my pals at work and it will be fun to work alongside their smiling faces. 

And, not that my co-workers aren't cute, but it just won't quite be the same as seeing these smiling faces all day---


  1. Love love the pictures. Good luck returning to work tomorrow. I know it will be hard leaving your girls.

  2. Good Luck at work! I think you are right.... there is no way you co workers could be that cute ;)

  3. What a wonderful day of memories with the snow. Love your pictures. May God give you peace and abundant blessings tomorrow, on your first day back at work. What a blessing that Robert can be home with them. That doesn't happen often. Hugs!

  4. Welcome Home! My name is Rachel Whitmire and I'm the Post-Adoption Care Coordinator for Reece's Rainbow. I wanted to leave you a note and let you know I'm available if you guys need anything. Sometimes adjustments can be hard and it helps to have someone who's "been there" to talk to. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way. Also, make sure you connect to the After the Rainbow yahoo group. There are so many great families on there and it's a great source for support and advice. Shoot me an email if you don't know how to access it.

    Rachel Whitmire
    Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
    Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry

  5. What a fabulous day! Your family is just precious. Love you, friend. Give those beautiful girls a smooch from ME!


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