Friday was uneventful besides my much needed haircut and my boys' secretive search for the perfect Mother's Day card. Saturday began with Brendan's gardening apprenticeship as he assisted Nonna in planting her beautiful potted flowers. Then we were off to watch Shawna (my 11-year-old niece)'s softball team nearly win their Saturday game (they lost by only ONE point!) And after much needed naps that afternoon, we headed to the family ranch for my grandparents' big 50th anniversary party.
The weather made for the most beautiful backdrop to a sea of people wearing all white. The food was wonderful and we all had a great time. Such a blessing to be able to see my entire family at once. My brother and sister-in-law with their baby, my sister and brother-in-law (to be) with their kids... my aunts and uncles and cousins... it was truly an amazing night.
We rounded out the weekend back at the ranch on Sunday for a Mother's Day picnic. What a beautiful and perfect way to honor the moms in our family. Aubrey was worn out from being passed around and eventually fell asleep on a blanket in the shade, but Brendan was FULL of energy and used every last bit of it running around! Then Monday, much to our dismay, we made the 8 1/2 hour ride back home. It was a wonderful visit and some much needed family time but it leaves me missing them all so much already... Sometimes it's just so hard being so far away.