Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mama Mia!

No, this isn't about the movie, play or ABBA song (although I have been known to dance around the house to said tune), this is about the fab visit of my mom, my dad and my little bro, Mack. Funny title I know...it doesn't really fit, but I love catchy titles and this was all I could come up with. Family visit...again, just doesn't seem to work, you know?!

Anyway...my dad had a conference/class in Florida and was able to drive here, stay a couple of days, then drop my mom and Mack off and head on to his class. We really had a lot of fun. I know I always say that, but it is true! I love spending time with my family and my boys absolutely adore their Uncle Mack. He is a wonderful uncle to them. He spent a lot of his time helping/playing with Josiah in Lego StarWars, wrestling with them and carrying them around. He mowed my yard, fixed up a couple honey-dos around the house and even combated a few ugly bugs for me. He was a fun addition to this visit. He's such a sweetie and I love spending time with him. I know he was a little bummed Kit got called out to New Orleans to aid in the oil spill there so I was glad they had a couple of evenings to go cast-net fishing and play a few video games before Kit had to leave. He left with Mack's new addiction-Kit's Patapon game for the PSP. Poor Mack-he had to make due with playing Lego StarWars and Facebook! Paltry in comparison, I know.


We did the usual: Tanger, my thrift store and etc., but I got a few extra perks out of this visit. My mom, Craft-Queen, vamped a wreath we bought at the thrift store for a couple of bucks and re-covered my two captain's chairs for me. It is fun to have bright reminders of their visit. You will notice both are yellow, a favorite color of mine. Aren't I lucky to have her come?! We also figured out where to hang pictures of my boys (my family will be receiving theirs shortly, I promise) and came up with a couple of decoration ideas for me for the holidays. I feel like we accomplished a lot this visit while still having time to just relax.








My dad made it back safely and was made a believer of GPS systems after borrowing mine to Florida. It was fun to be able to have my dad around just for relaxing for a couple of days. We went to the beach together and he built an awesome sandcastle for my boys. He also shared what he learned at his conference (acupuncture treatment for animals-with pretty cool results) and just relaxed. For any of you who know my dad, you'll understand why this was a fun visit for us. We even decided to be brave and attempt a shrimp boil without my hubby around. My dad and I de-headed them ourselves (I will note here my mom offered to help, too) and after a couple calls to Kit, we made it through the process. They turned out fabulous-not rubbery at all and wonderful for peeling, for those shrimp-knowers!


I am truly blessed to be able to have family come visit as often as they have and now truly spoiled since my little sis and her family are coming to visit for a few days! Seriously, I can't wipe the grin off my face.


I think I'll dance around to ABBA now...

11 comments:

Andrea said...

Liberty, thanks for always posting about your family. I love to read about it. My family has never really been close and I've always longed for that, but can't imagine what it would be like. I love hearing about how close yours is and hope my girls will feel that way someday when they have a family of their own.
I love your thrift store find! That wreath is fabulous and the chair-WOW-I love yellow too. If your family is ever looking into adoption, I volunteer--LOL. I sure could use someone to teach me a little bit about decorating--I have no sense about this. Seriously, when the Lord gave out the talent, I must have been sleeping.
Thanks again for sharing and I can't wait to read about the visit with your sister.
OH, and yummy to the shrimp!

the Hurst's said...

Ooo, i dig the yellow. I've had a hankerin' for a wreath for quite some time now, and just can't seem to decide what i want; red -too Christmas-y, purple -too country, pink -flat out yuck!!!...that leaves orange or yellow, green or blue (oh, gag a maggot). wait a sec...what about brown...ooo that sounds good, but it's not very cheery...
oops sorry lib! there goes that brain of mine again, off on tangent 90,000,001. i love your family too, and i am so excited for you. have a ton-o-fun.

Susan said...

Hi Liberty, I hope you don’t mind my stopping by your blog. Andrea is always telling me how fabulous it is and, now that I’ve seen it, I have to agree! Thanks for writing about your dad! I lost my father to cancer 18½ years ago and I miss him so! He loved to fish, and I have great memories of him bringing home ice chests full of fish and shrimp. As a child (and especially as a teenager), I didn’t fully appreciate the time we spent cleaning the fish and shrimp. But now, I look back on those days as some of the best in my life. It wasn’t so much the seafood as the time together. Thanks again for sharing your story, it helped bring back some pretty good memories for me=)

Jill said...

How wonderful to see family! I wish mine could stop by more often like yours! :o)

Nate and Julie said...

Lib, nice chair! I love it! It's nice that you can spend some quality time with your family. Mine was just here earlier this week, and it was wonderful! I miss them, now that we don't love near them. How nice that Mack was able to do some things around the house to help you out. He's such an awesome guy. Chase and Cicily just adore him.

Sandy said...

Sounds like you had fun! I love the wreath. Your mom is so crafty. I would love to make one just like that with lavender.

Parkes Family said...

Liberty, I had a good time meeting your mom..it was so nice to talk to her at church.
you have a beautiful family and is nice to see how close you all are, and like Andrea....your mom can come to my house any time she wants to...mi casa es su casa!!
Lisanka :)

Charee B Mcclellan said...

i am so grateful for family and you really don't understand how much you are until you move away! glad you had a wonderful visit! i bet your family is as great as you. take care

Steph said...

Ahhh, your post was like a drink of cold water...very refreshing! Thank you so much for it!! I missed you all so much while Mom was there having oh so much fun! I am glad that it was productive and fun...that's the best! Oooo, I L.O.V.E. those chairs and your wreath. Good going!! I love you and I am glad that Whit's there having fun and thanks for "including me" in all your incredible finds through phone calls. ;)

Miriam said...

Isn't a visit from family the best?! Thanks for getting us connected! I'm putting your link on mine today!

whitney said...

Where are the before pics!?!? I saw the "after" items in person (yes, they all were fabulous), but I want to see how they looked *before* mom got her magical fingers on them. I'm glad Mack mowed your lawn and helped out a bit around the house...he needs to get off his bottom a bit more often ;);)