Last week we had an absolutely packed house. My parents as well as my brother Ryan & his family came to Salt Lake City to watch Gonzaga play in the tournament and have a mini vacation. Seven extra guests meant we had to give up the boys' rooms, so our family of four (pregnant mama included) shared our king bed for five nights. It was cozy, real cozy. We have three full bathrooms so it worked out that my brother's family took the top floor to themselves, my family on the main, and my parents in the guest suite in the basement. Everyone had their own space, which helped things feel not so chaotic. And the weather helped. Oh the weather! 70+ degree temps for their whole stay! We were practically outside nonstop!
Bedtimes were nonexistent. Finn would stay up as late as he could last, but inevitably would ask to go "night night". Liam was up with his cousins until at least after 11 pm each night, which has since resulted in lots of sleeping in, yay! All the kids got along wonderfully, so they played hard and never missed a minute together. Dinners were cooked long after sunset. Bottle after bottle of wine was tossed back. I really wanted to join in on that fun! And then of course there was Gonzaga! We have the best neighbors ever, and they graciously watched all 5 kids while the adults went to the game together. Conor & I rarely have date nights, so this was a treat, plus I got in all that family time too. At halftime I left my seat to go to the bathroom and find snacks, and I had this immediate thought of "Ugh, all the lines will be soooo long..." But then, I realized, "I have no kids with me. No one with zero patience. I could stand in line by myself and have some quiet time all day long!" So I thoroughly enjoyed my little outing. And flash forward to now, with Gonzaga in the Final Four! It was been quite an exciting tournament and so so big for my hometown of Spokane!
The visit was a wild success, and I so hope that I showed off this city of ours enough to convince them all to come back soon. I wish we got to see family far more than we do! As usual, my mom stayed a few extra days by herself, so we could have some special us time. She always does so much more than ever expected, and the boys simply adore her. Each morning I send them down to her bed, so that I may sleep a bit longer. I get long hot showers alone & even nap time when she's visiting. Is there anything more precious to a pregnant mama than a nap?!
I was unplugged more than usual during their stay. Not for any particular reason; I was just so enjoying my time with everyone that everything else didn't seem to matter. I tried to pull out my camera frequently, but somehow still managed to miss getting some cousin shots or my dad in a picture at all! But again, I was in the moment & the memories are what matter most! We're planning a visit up to Washington over the 4th of July, which simply cannot come soon enough! The house is empty now, and I want everyone back!