Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Here's a Long One!

So I sit here thinking about the last week and a half and we have had a serious whirlwind! Last year, when Hailey turned 6, she requested oh-so-politely that we have her birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Because Danny & I actually enjoy the mouse house so much, we consented. Man what a day it was! On Thursday the National Weather Service made an announcement that we were expecting "The Storm of the Century." Jeezie Pete! After careful consideration, we decided that the show must go on and that even if no kids show up, we can still have fun at the home of Mr. Cheese.

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!


  1. Glad you had a fun weekend. Sorry we missed the party. Hope you have an awesome Easter!
    Give Hailey a hug from me.


  2. So happy for Hailey that she finally got her Chuck E Cheese Party! Glad you all were safe in the 'storm' also.

    Have a wonderful Easter Sunday! Hugs all around. Deb ;-)

  3. Jess I just love you!!!

    Tell Hailey she has the COOLEST birthday cake! Wow!!

    I never knew that Danny had lost his best friend. I can't even imagine how I would cope with that. I think it's great that you were able to get together with his parents.

    I can see how your niece would give you baby fever too! Adorable.

  4. Nice post Jess...but I think the lady doth protest too much...sounds like YOU had fun at the ChuckieCheese as much at Hailey did. I also LOVE that birthday cake. TOO cool. I am glad Hailey had a wonderful birthday and at least some braved the horrible weather forcast to come out and celebrate with her. I also didn't know that Danny had lost his best friend(s)(he has that in common with Uncle Joe and Kelly) and I am proud of him for reaching out to Paul's parents. They need that. It is also sad that Hailey has lost her Godparents..that breaks my heart! I do not believe when you have a bond in life like that that you ever 'get over it', but I hope that as the years pass Danny will come to a place where his grief is not so hard. I think you will help with that. Remember how Uncle Joe says God brought me to him when He took Dan, well, that is probably the same with your Danny. He was waiting for you.

  5. Despite the weather it sounds like all had a great time at Chucke Cheese....a birthday for Hailey to remember. Remember you could have had a blizzard and been marooned with all those kids!


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