Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend of celebration! Although I had a much more relaxed holiday weekend than in the past, I am so grateful that I could spend it with my family and escape from my house for a bit.
First thing Friday morning, Mike and I busted out of here and headed to breakfast at one of our favorite local diners. It's amazing how nice going out to a simple breakfast can feel. It is something that Mike and I used to do all the time together but never get to really do anymore. We spent the rest of the day running errands, being outside, and just enjoying being together! On Saturday morning, I had another yummy breakfast with one of my very best girls, Meagan and then headed off with Mike to a family party at my Aunt Lori's. We spent the entire day at her house with tons of my family members, including GG (my grandma), my cousin Becca and her family from Denver, and my cousin Angie and her family from Cleveland. Thank goodness for the pool since it was a scorcher outside and super humid! I had such a great day spending time with my family and I am more grateful than ever for these times that we get to spend together. The heat wore me out a bit more than usual so I didn't get a ton of pics, but below are some that I did catch. I didn't get many of the adults (which they probably don't mind), because it was hard to take my lens off of these kiddos. My cousins have the cutest kids on the planet!
Check out these baby blues! Layla has the most gorgeous eyes-just like her momma!
Layla & Teagan giving each other a big squeeze...cutest thing ever!
It was such a great day with my family and I enjoyed it so much! But, I've noticed a funny pattern whenever I have something fun to do like this. It's almost as if I am on some sort of adrenaline rush the second I see friends or family and I can just "turn it on" and forget about the fatigue. I always end up having a great time and not feeling too tired while I am there. Then, without fail, every time I leave something like this, I end up feeling like I was hit by a Mack truck. I know it will happen, but I can't help myself. I have never been the type to be the first to leave a party, and it's nearly impossible for me to leave when I am still feeling good and having fun - even though I know I should learn to "quit while I'm ahead." I felt completely exhausted by the time we got home Saturday night and ended up spending all of Sunday on the couch - but, it was worth EVERY second I was able to spend with my family!
Luckily, I have some great friends that stopped by on Sunday, and today was spent hanging out at Jeff's pool with the fam. It was a perfect, relaxing day in the sun, floating around on a raft, and laughing as Jeff played hilarious pranks on my mom. :) So, although this 4th of July wasn't as action packed as normal, and even though I have felt pretty wiped out the past few days, this dreaded disease has given me at least one gift...the ability to have a greater perspective and greater appreciation of all things, big and small.
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
- Thornton Wilder
I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and have taken a minute to appreciate not only our freedom, but all of the many blessings we have in our lives!
ps. Don't forget about the "Girls Night Out" fundraiser, this upcoming Friday night, July 8th at Kara's house. See the flyer in last weeks post for further details. I hope to see a lot of you there for some shopping for a great cause!
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