I have to think of their time here as a gift so that I don't feel cheated now that they are gone. And it really was a gift. When she moved to North Carolina 7 years ago it seemed too good to be true that the military would bring her back to California. I couldn't believe it. She moved back just in time for my wedding in July 2010. DJ was still in her belly.
I soaked up our time together. My family can be crazy but I love them. My dad yelled at the people who came to pick up my sister's car. We went shopping and both spent money we shouldn't have. My dad went out and brought home Chinese food for dinner. We watched a movie. My dad didn't like it so he snuck off to his room. My mom and I stayed up late watching TV while my exhausted sister took her baby to bed. I got to give my sweet nephew lots of kisses. He is the cutest thing ever. The only thing missing was little sister who lives in San Francisco.
DJ's birthday was on Sunday. It was a totally un pinterest worthy non party family gathering but I assure you the kid didn't care one way or the other. He was just happy to be playing with the balloons. He cried the minute we started to sing Happy Birthday and didn't stop until we finished. He did the same thing last year. He didn't like his hat either. He only ate the frosting off of his cake and my dad refused to eat the frosting at all. My mom ate two pieces. I only had one but made up for it with all the snacking on Chex Mix and Tortilla Chips. The weather was perfect so we drank our wine in the backyard on the patio. After having biscuits for breakfast and too many snacks the only one still hungry for dinner was mom. Of course. My sister hated every second but she got up and made the sloppy Joe's and steak fries like she said she would and then my mom happily ate that too. DJ isn't really into eating all that much so he was fine with Milk in his sippy cup and the Vanilla Wafers my dad constantly puts into his little hands.
I was really excited to find out that my blog post about popularity and blogging is featured on the BlogHer home page as an editor pick. You can check it out here at BlogHer.com. My Blogher member page with all of my posts is here.