It's been a busy (and fun!) couple weekends. Aunt Kate came down for a visit and retrieved the ridiculously large Kayak that had been living under our porch for the last few weeks. She bought it on Craigslist here in Bend, so we've been storing it until she could visit. How she will transport it up to Alaska in the fall remains to be seen. Oddly, last night, another kayak took residence in our garage. This one is smaller, but will be living with us until Scott can use it in the Pole, Pedal, Paddle relay race - easily the largest event in Bend all year.
Last weekend was the much anticipated visit from Amy and Sam. Sam gave us a great glimpse into what our lives will be like in six months... and how many objects need to be stored away or moved before then. He is one active kid and Amy said Owen is headed the same direction. At daycare, they told me that Owen is "very brave for a kid his age"... Again, how's our health insurance?
Amy and I took the boys for a great nature walk on the day it was warm, went to mom's group, took the boys swimming, watched and walked in the earth day parade, and even took a visit to the wine bar after the boys went to bed one night. (Thanks Scott!) Unfortunately, we also dealt with a short bout of the stomach flu for Sam. He was a trooper and thankfully recovered well enough to get back on the plane. (So far, it also looks like he's the only one to get the bug... keeping our fingers crossed!) Amy was amazing to travel with Sam by herself and not even flinch when he puked right into her hands. All in a days work for the mom of a toddler!
Amy and I have been friends for so long (23 years??) that we might as well be family, and that's what it felt like this weekend. We've only seen each other a handful of times in the last 3 years, but we spent 4 days sharing space, chatting non-stop, and moving about our days without skipping a beat. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a friend that they can be 100% real with. The fact that our boys are so close in age is a wonderful joy. As Amy pointed out, our boys will likely be in the same grade in school, so we'll be experiencing many more of life's adventures together. Amy...I appreciate you!