As you know we had Lee's brother and family staying with us from Ohio since last Thursday morning...and then his parents were up on Friday and we had Brielle's birthday party on Sunday---whew! --- so we've been busy. Add to that a plentiful dose of illness (ugh, yes! Stay tuned, I'll explain), and needless to say I'm way behind on blogging.
But for all my die hard fans (aka, my mom and dad :-P) I figured I'd do a little cliff notes version of what we've been up to the past few days----and then stay tuned, because over the next few days I'll fill you in on all the details and an obscene number of pictures LOL.
First up, Thursday! Our guests arrived around 1am Thursday morning. We helped them get settled and then when everyone woke up that morning it was time to play!
Cousin Ryan had fun playing with Brielle's legos...
Then while I ran Raya to preschool I left Brielle with Aunt Megan and Uncle Shawn...I figured it would be good for her to just jump right into buddying up with them haha. She survived, and ended up liking Aunt Megan snuggles :-)
Then later that day Uncle Shawn learned how to play Hi ho Cherrio!
On Friday it was Brielle's actual birthday! I had this dress that, long story short, Lee had bought Raya way back when not knowing it's a birthday dress haha...so since it actual fit Brielle for her birthday we figured we better wear it!
|A very excited birthday girl lol|
|catching scarves and poms that fall from the sky Lol...this is the best cousin pic we got the whole weekend I think....Ryan doesn't like to sit for pics and on the off chance that he did for a second, Miss Brielle didn't! ;-)|
Side note....around this time I starting feeling a little sick, but pretended it was nothing....it was something unfortunately :-(
So after dinner we had our H family Christmas...Lee's mom and dad were up by this time
We all got some nice gifts---Raya got this ladybug game from Grandma and Grandpa H.
By the time we were done with presents I was officially not feeling well. I fell asleep around 7pm I think and I stayed in my room until about 8pm the next night! Yep, I think that after like 2.5 weeks I somehow finally caught the stomach bug that Raya had Christmas day. I have no idea!
So the plan was that I would quarantine myself in our back bedroom all day and assuming that I had what everyone else had already had long ago I was hoping I could just get the day's long illness over with and then continue with the birthday party the next day. We already had so much food/money/planning into it that it was almost impossible to reschedule! So poor Lee had to prepare for the party pretty much on his own--he did great! And luckily Megan, Shawn, and Ruth Ann were all still here to help out and keep the girls occupied, etc.
Here is a picture that Megan took of their fun that day---I never left my room so I have no idea what happened first hand---they were all still alive when I came out of my room a day later though lol
|Teaching cousin Ryan naughty things! haha|
So Sunday morning I woke up and was feeling much better....but let me tell ya, this birthday party was cursed! Not only was I sick leading up to it, but I put my poor family in charge of making the cake and the cake crumbled on them and so Lee had to go to Walmart at 9 at night to buy a cake so that I could use the cute cake topper I had (made by my sister-in-law emily's sister) .... and then as though that wasn't enough the day of the party my sister-in-law emily was really sick and couldn't come *and* Grandpa H (who had driven back to the farm the day before to do chores) couldn't make it back up to the party because their basement suddenly flooded! And then I lost Brielle's present---couldn't remember for the life of me where I put it. Seriously...the whole thing was shaping up to be a nightmare lol.
But, the show must go on! I jokingly told my mom that I didn't care what needed to happen in order to get the cute party pics lol...but in all fairness, pretty much everyone at the party was already exposed to any germs anyways, so it didn't much matter whether we had the party or not. And albeit a few guests short, we had a great day!
|The best we could do for a family pic at the party...oh well lol. And Raya dressed herself---not coordinating as I had planned, but by that point I no longer cared :-P|
So anyways, we all pulled it together for the party, and the party itself actually went quite well!
|More on the super cute cake later!|
|And the sure sign of a great party? A passed out party girl at the end of the day! :-)|
So today we are all taking it easy---sitting in our messy house after all our house guests have left---and I plan to deal with the choas tomorrow :-P
We still had a great time with everyone in the days before the sickness hit though---so excited to go visit Megan, Shawn, and Ryan this summer out in Ohio! And despite all the headaches Brielle's 2nd birthday was a great day, and most importantly I was able to get plenty of cute pics of my "terrible" two year old ;-)