We were a smaller group this time (believe it or not), but we still had such a great time. The weather was perfect and the time with friends was even better.
I tried to take this picture of Jamye and me, but we were in a moving car and I couldn't get my hand to stop shaking. It would have been really cute, though, right?
What I really want to focus on in this post, though, is how my husband really stepped it up this weekend while I was gone. Normally when I go out of town, my mother-in-law is here and happy to help. However, she herself was going to be at the beach at the same time, so Jay was pretty much on his own with the kids for the very first time. Ever. I know that sounds kind of crazy, but it is what it is. The director of TK's preschool, Michele, came over on Thursday and Friday afternoons to keep the kids until Jay got home from work, for which we were both so thankful. Michele is wonderful and we love her! Other than those afternoons, Jay was it. And it was not a normal weekend, unfortunately. Tessa Kate had not one, but two princess birthday parties to attend on Saturday. Jay and Coop, who love to camp out on the couch and watch football all day long on Saturdays, took her to both. They must really love that little girl! Here are the pictures Jay, Michele and some of the moms from the party sent me this weekend:
Heading home from preschool with Miss Michele!
Jay can do nothing with Tessa's hair other than clip a bow in it. Sweet Michele was kind enough to pull it back in a braid on Friday.
Jay took the kids to dinner and the park on Friday night. He said she set her mind to climbing this little wall and figured it out pretty quickly on her own.
Party #1 with her little princess pals. Happy birthday, Dowd!
Party #2. Happy birthday, Grace!
She rode a unicorn!
Jay said she had SO much fun on Saturday at her parties. Apparently, she was excited about every aspect and up for anything. You may or may not remember, but we had such a hard time with Cooper at parties until he was almost 5. It was a real struggle for all of us. It's certainly a refreshing change of pace for kiddo #2 to be easygoing when it comes to things like this. Birthday parties should be fun, so we're glad TK enjoys them. Moreover, though, I am so so thankful for Jay stepping up in a big way this weekend. I was able to completely relax and enjoy my time away. And my little reset must have worked, because I missed my three favorites like crazy and was more than ready to come home. :-)