I started this entry Tuesday evening, but I've been so involved in other things, it's taken me until tonight to complete it! Liza's last day here...
When we woke up Tuesday morning, it was pouring the rain and there was a thunder/lightning storm just as the kids were ready to go to school. I took Quayd and Grace to Seminary and came home to take ZJ to school. For some personal reasons, ZJ stayed home from school and as we were leaving, I felt impressed to bring her with me to take Liza to the airport. I'd made plans earlier to have lunch with one of my favorite ladies, Marilyn, in SLC. I texted then called Marilyn to let her know that I just felt this strong impression that Zeej needed her mom today. So, we rescheduled and ZJ joined us.
While Liza was getting ready, ZJ kept Aylabelle entertained on the piano. Liza held her and played quite a bit, so I loved watching Aylabelle play with her fingers instead of banging with her hands. She loved it!
Could she look any more like her mother in the one below?
Once Liza was ready, we took a few pictures, which made me especially grateful to have ZJ there! It's rare that I get in front of the camera, but here's a few of my faves!
Blowing Grammie kisses!
Oh my heart! I love this baby!
Could she be any cuter and could I be any happier!?
Really and truly, there are no words.
We left a few hours early for the airport, so that we could stop at Zupas for lunch in Layton. We had a fun lunch and loved watching Aylabelle tasting all the fun foods. She loved the chocolate covered strawberry, but not as much as Liza's turkey cranberry sandwich! That little girl loves to eat!
When we arrived at the airport, it was 2:14 and the goal was 2:15, so right on schedule. We had a sky-cap help Liza get checked in and said our goodbyes. My heart. It ached for the last hour. Aylabelle was excited to get in her stroller and get moving. Liza and I hugged and the tears fell. (At least, mine did. She loves her mother, but she is always anxious and happy to get home to see her hubby! And, again, I wouldn't have it any other way!)
Liza texted me this photo of Aylabelle's fascination inside the plane.
I had ZJ text Liza a few texts while I drove away and headed north. We stopped at Taipan for a little looksie. As we were pulling into the parking lot, ZJ got a text from Liza, "Is Mom still crying?" Zeej responded, "We are pulling into Taipan, this will help." Liza, at the same time, texted, "Ask her a question about her teen years. She can tell you a story and that will take her mind off of things." They both know their mother so well! Chirstmas is already happening at Taipan!
We were in search of a new butter dish. Fail. But, we did see some fun holiday decor and Zeej fell in love with some of the clothing items. It was a fun stop. One more stop for Sonic happy hour (Twice in one day) and we were headed home. We got home just about the same time Liza landed safely and texted that Aylabelle had done great! She also had her own aisle on the not-even-half-full plane. Sweet! A happy reunion for Liza's little family and we came home just in time for the girls to get ready and head to the temple with the Young Women. Quayd and I had a long talk about some deep topics before Doug came in from work and they headed off to a Court of Honor. Being alone in the house gave me a few minutes to pick up, put away the baby things, and count my blessings for this wonderful week!
When everyone came in and shared their "events" of the day and headed to bed early, Liza and I chatted for a few minutes just before she was putting Aylabelle to bed. My favorite moment of the day was Liza hugging me at the airport and saying, "Mom, it's been a perfect week...every second of it." It doesn't get any better than that! I am so blessed with this wonderful family!
A few random thoughts...
- Doug and I were and always are amazed by our sweet friends who always take time to come and say hello to Liza when she is in town. We appreciate their efforts each and every time, but especially this time with a contagious sick baby! (Jamie, I hope you feel better by now and that it didn't come from Aylabelle!)
- Liza and I are already calculating when our next visit will be... she thinks that I should head south in the winter. Liza thinks that Arizona in the winter is where she wants to be! Imagine that!
- Life got real pretty fast, as soon as Liza left. I have a deadline to finish the cabin flood insurance information and it has to be my priority until it's done. Other than a possible lunch date or two, there will be no play for me until I've earned the reward of more play time!
- I have managed to put a dent in my Christmas shopping already, so that's a perk! It's coming! Sooner than we think! Doug and I did have our weekly date this morning. He'd planned to work but we slept in, after taking the kids to school and then went for lunch and did some Christmas "looking", not buying, but planning. That felt good. I always love it when he gets a peek at what the plan is before Christmas morning.
- And one last thought... I do adore my husband! OH MY WORD, I am always blown away at how awesome he is. He worked hard last week, even while Liza was here, so that we'd could play. He played hard when he wasn't working. He is the best husband and father I could ever imagine. Tonight, he and Quayd decided to have a spontaneous father/son night out. They loaded up the trailer and canoe, filled up with gas and took off for their own fun.
- The girls and I stayed home, made a family room picnic, watched a movie and did laundry together... our own little party. BUT... There are no words to describe how much Doug's goodness means to me. I have had parenting on my mind a lot recently. I start teaching the Marriage and Family Relations class again this Sunday and studying and reviewing these lessons always makes my own marriage and family front and center on my mind. One thing I know for sure is that I am blessed with a good husband and my children with a good father.
- Live joyfully!
Train your mind to see the good in everything.