Today, I am so excited. First, we woke up this morning to heavy snow that fell on and off all day. I took the girls to daycare so that I could get some work done, and it was all cold and frosty outside, and the roads were a mess. But it is so beautiful when it snows, and it makes settling in to get some things done so cozy. Hot cup of cocoa, please. Brrr.
But I'm also so excited because Eric's family is coming in from San Diego--his mom, and his brother Steve, sister-in-law Julie, and our niece Gwen, who is almost two, and Raiff, who is about eight months old. It is going to be a crazy, packed house this weekend! But I love it. I love having people hanging around in their pj's, and I love making big dinners with Eric, and watching the kids be adorable. It's particularly relaxing to be around families with kids the same age as yours--you can all totally bliss out in the amazing-ness of your children without having to apologize or trying to hold an extended adult conversation.
And I haven't seen these guys since last Christmas. Eric and Addie went back to meet new baby Raiff:
in April, but I didn't go (mostly because I was pregnant and bitchy and didn't want to sleep on an air mattress and also because I wanted a weekend to myself before Nolie came. And, I must admit, that weekend to myself was wonderful. I ate out and saw friends and slept in and cleaned up and read books. But, as a result, I've really been missing these guys. And I'm not just saying that because they read this blog. I really miss them. I'm tearing up just thinking about it).
Isn't Raiff beautiful? And Gwen is stunning, too. I can't wait to see them, and to watch Addie interact with them. Addie's been running around saying, in one long breath, "Tomorrow Grambie and Unca Steve and An Julie and Cousin Gwen and Cousin Raiff and Cousin...ARE COMING!" She's been adding on the extra cousin just because she gets so excited. Nolie will just be smiling and sticking her tongue out a lot, when she's not screaming her head off. But I'm looking forward to that, too.
And I love that Eric's mom is coming, partly because she is just a cool woman who knows a lot about politics and art and culture but also because I love showing off these grandbabies to their grandparents. And I know how important grandparents can be--mine were to me.
Of course, I'm a little worried about them all. It is freezing-ass cold here, today, and tomorrow is only going to be a little warmer. I think we'll have to bundle them all up in quilts and fleece and hand out steaming cups of hot tea. But won't it be exciting to see snow? Or just alienating and cold? I'll let you know.