Personally, there’s nothing quite like spending time with people. Being around people energizes me and makes me happy… I’m definitely an extrovert! It’s even better when the people I’m with are family. My husband and I flew to Seattle to visit with family this month for a weekend and then after that my parents flew to Boise to visit us! It has been a wonderful month so far, let me tell you about it!
The church that my husband and I grew up in was having a retirement celebration for the senior pastor at the church for thirty-some-odd years, and we thought it would be so cool to visit for his last sermon at the pulpit. We stayed at Taylor’s parents house from Thursday to Monday, just enough time to spend time with them and go to church. Because our flight was in the afternoon after our toddlers nap, the hour long trip went smoothly! He enjoyed looking out the window and waving to everyone he saw. When we got to the Wisler’s house, we enjoyed the company of Taylor’s parents and sister and brother, his grandparents, a few cousins, and great uncle while we ate a lovely spaghetti dinner. My heart was full!
We spent some of Friday with my parents. My sister was performing in her last high school musical because she’s a senior, so I wanted to watch her. My grandparents on my mom’s side were in town so I got a chance to visit with them for a little while, and my grandparents on my dad’s side came up from Auburn to see Alyssa’s play too. That evening I also saw my best friend at the school play because her brother is in it too. It was really fun catching up with her for a bit. I also had plans to meet up with her for dinner on Saturday night.
Saturday morning rolled around and gave us sunny and warm weather. We took that opportunity to go out to breakfast at the Original Pancake House, followed by a walk around Redmond Town Center for their annual exotic car show kickoff. The afternoon was filled with relaxing accompanied by a neighborhood stroll. I went out for dinner with my best friend and I wish I could’ve spent more time with her!
Victoria- come visit me next!
The main event rolled around on Sunday. We all got ready to go to church for the morning and were on our way. Pastor Jerry preached for the last time to a grateful and emotional congregation. Pastoral transitions can be tricky sometimes, but the leadership at Crossroads Bible Church took careful consideration into this transition and I believe it was successful. The congregation welcomed the new senior pastor with open hearts! I am excited to see the future growth of the church.
Taylor’s brother Avery came home from college for the summer, so the house was full. It was really fun to see the dynamic of everyone in the home… everyone back together again, having fun, playing together, laughing, running around and being goofy. The last time the whole family was together was last summer! I enjoyed the company and the feeling of security I have with this group of people. Family is really important to me, and I am thankful that I have a good relationship with Taylor’s side of the family.
Monday marked the end of our trip to Seattle. It is always hard to say goodbye, but it’s a little easier knowing you will see them again soon. I held to that hope and that made the sting of distance not hurt as bad.
The rest of the week felt mundane and dull in comparison to the excitement of family visits that it was sandwiched between. I filled my time by cleaning the house and preparing for my parents visit the following weekend. Luckily, Saturday rolled around before I knew it. Taylor picked up my parents from the airport while I stayed home with our son. He was grumpy this morning and needed an earlier nap than usual, but I kept him awake at least to see my parents for a few minutes before nap time.
The weather all weekend long was super warm and sunny and at times a little humid. We enjoyed the weather by spending most of our time in our backyard, shaded by our huge fifty foot maple tree. I took my parents to a park on the greenbelt and we walked along the river to the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. They enjoyed learning about the history of the town as well as seeing the beauty of the local parks.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and a very beautiful day. We went to church in the morning and the afternoon was spent relaxing. Taylor and my dad planned a Mother’s Day brunch for me and my mom, which included mimosas, chocolate covered strawberries, an egg frittata dish, and a free pass from doing dishes that day (my favorite part)! I felt so spoiled! The Botanical Garden had free admission for Mother’s Day, so we took advantage of that for a few hours. I was really tempted to buy some plants at the plant sale, but I refrained. A late barbecue dinner ended our day.
Taylor worked Monday, but had Tuesday and Wednesday off work so he could spend time with my family. While he worked on Monday, my parents and I went on a hike. It was really hot and slightly uncomfortable, but we enjoyed the exercise and the views and of course each other’s company. Monday was also my parents 24th wedding anniversary, so they went out on a celebratory date. I’m glad they could celebrate together and enjoy one another’s company.
Mom and dad, thank you for being willing to spend your anniversary with Taylor and I. We love you and wish you many more years of adventures and love together.
Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with more walks, relaxing, conversation, and good food. We went to The Village, an outdoor mall in Meridian. There’s a big fountain in the middle of the plaza that our son loves to watch… he could stare at the water all day! He’s been practicing walking a lot more and pretty much has the hang of it. The Village was a great place to practice walking! We also went to the library in downtown Boise where they have a storytime class that my son loves to go to. It’s a very successful class with probably twenty little toddlers and babies!
As a Mother’s Day treat, my husband scheduled massage appointments for my mom and I. I was looking forward to it, and I needed a massage so bad! The last massage I had was a prenatal massage one and a half years ago! Being a mom is about putting others before yourself, a lot of self care gets tossed to the side. I realized I needed this massage not to just release tension in my body, but to allow myself to mentally relax. It was amazing! The night was concluded with a yummy dinner provided by yours truly: tuscan garlic shrimp penne… yum!
I felt very sad that my parent’s visit was coming to the end. I am most comfortable around them and have a great relationship with both of my parents. Although I was sad to see them go, I also realized that I was burnt out by all the exciting activities from the last week and a half. I’m not used to being so busy! Even though I was excited for all of it, I was also overwhelmed. I pushed myself to do more than I normally do because now a days, I don’t normally see my family on a regular basis. I wanted the whole experience to be worth it. I cherish each and every second I got to spend with both sides of our family.
Now I’m going into recovery mode. My emotional love tank is overflowing, but so is my brain. I am so thankful for the opportunities I got to spend time with family. I feel blessed to be in a position that visiting family isn’t too hard, and I look forward to the next time I see them! I wonder what I am going to do next now that I don’t have any big plans on the horizon. I’m sure I’ll keep you updated on what happens next. Thanks for following along!