Steve and I celebrated 8 years of marriage on May 5th. I feel so blessed to have spent the last 8 years married to this wonderful guy. He is such a hard worker and an even better daddy. We celebrated our anniversary with a night out by ourselves. Anne had a wonderful time at a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa's. It was very nice to have a relaxing evening alone. We went to a bed and breakfast in Syracuse, Indiana. There wasn't much to do in Syracuse, so before picking up Anne we stopped and saw a movie, The Avengers. The movie had its entertaining parts. Personally, I thought it started out a little slow but by the end it was entertaining.
May 10th was Mother's Day. Mother's Day can be a difficult day for some. Whether, it's because of loss or infertility for some wonderful ladies the day is not filled with happiness and joy. I understand this all too well. I remember dreading the day, avoiding TV and news because everything was about Mother's Day. Everything was a reminder of the lives we lost. I know what's it's like to hate going to grocery store or the mall because there were babies and pregnant ladies everywhere. I'm keenly aware that when I go out with Anne or even without Anne now I'm pregnant again that I may be bringing pain to someone without even meaning to. That makes Mother's Day all the more special to me. God has blessed us with two beautiful angels that we will forever be connected to, one little girl that we hold in our arms, and another I hold inside.
Mother’s Day is a celebration of ALL mothers, whether you hold your children in your arms, you hold your children in your hearts because God holds them in Heaven, or you hold them inside expecting them this year.Our family made a reservation for lunch at Legends at Notre Dame. It's becoming somewhat of a tradition, I think. We came here last year too. The food and atmosphere are very good. Afterwards, the family enjoys walking around the Notre Dame campus but it was rainy. I love being a mom to my sweet Anne. On Mother's Day, I was 23 weeks with our second miracle. We very much look forward to the arrival of our second rainbow in September.
Memorial Day Weekend
This weekend, Steve's mom visited town on Sunday and since South Bend was celebrated its 150th Anniversary we joined in the festivities. After lunch, we headed to downtown. I thought is was actually quite well done. The entire kid's area was free. I love free fun.
On Monday, my parents had their annual Memorial Day picnic. So after the parade, Anne and I worked on making some deviled eggs, which my dad helped me finish at their house. It rained for about 20 minutes during the parade but turned out to be a beautiful day.
Anne coloring her "Panda Mask" at the festival.
She tried her hand at a bouncy slide with her Sister-in-Law, Julieanne and her cousin, Jacob.
Papa shared his chocolate ice cream cone with me. ~ Anne
Watching the parade with Grandma. "Look, there's a doggy." ~Anne
Anne using Grandma's hat to stay dry in the rain.