The blizzard held off though and decided not to start until half an hour before the shindig was slated to begin. We had 5 of the 10 kids show up which meant that my wonderful husband managed to eat 8 pieces of pizza on the sly, and Danny & I were able to play several games of skee ball. I am a skee ball maniac. I want one in my home someday! Overall, Hailey had a ball which is what it is all about!
The snow melted on Sunday and spring teased us for a day. Our little family has cabin fever so bad, but it just keeps raining! All we want is to be able to sit outside, walk outside, play on a swingset, run around like crazy people while screaming like banshees. Yes we are losing it! I keep hearing that spring is just around the corner, but I'm certain that spring is a myth this year.
Last weekend my MIL made me my favorite thing ever - homemade fried chicken. Good home cookin'! Plus we were able to spend more time with my beautiful niece Adi. I don't think that a 6 month old has ever captured my heart the way that she has. I am head over flip flops in love with this butterball. If you ask her she will tell you that she loves Aunt Jess best too. Trust me!
Saturday was a major day in the hubby and I's relationship. In July it will be four years since Danny's best friend Paul and his wife Sariah died in a car accident. Danny & Paul were best friends and absolutely inseperable. When Paul met Sariah, she won over Danny as well. Paul and Sariah were Hailey's godparents and she still talks about them all of the time. My SIL named my niece Adilynn Sariah because they were so special to her too. It was extremely hard for Danny to lose them. In the 2+ years that we have been together, I have never met Paul's parents, Tom & Patsy. On Saturday night though, we went out to their beautiful house and I was allowed to enter into a special corner of the hubby's life. It was so awesome and Tom & Patsy welcomed me right into their family. They have missed Danny and Hailey so much and were thrilled to meet me. Losing Paul and Sariah was incredibly difficult for Danny and because of that he regrettably pulled back from Tom & Patsy. I am so proud of him for conquering some of his demons. I can't wait to spend more time with them now.
As Easter is this week, my thoughts have been focused a bit on Jesus. My life is so blessed and I am thankful each and every day for my little family, my big family, and for the life that I have been given. Thinking back to where I was almost four years ago, I am also incredibly thankful for the knowledge that God has given me about life and it's amazing journey. As hard as it may be at times, rainbows seem to pop out at every corner. I am blessed!