Thursday, January 23, 2014

Day 65 – { sunshine surprise }

Last Friday I woke up and performed the necessary emotional gymnastics of talking myself into getting up and facing life. I did a pretty good job, I thought, telling myself that everything was going to be okay and that after I taught piano that morning I could rest and look forward to the weekend with my Sweet Ones. I staggered downstairs with vague intentions of making a pot of oatmeal for breakfast.

DC was already in the kitchen and motioned for me to look in the family room. I turned my head and saw. . . . my sister-in-law Lori sitting up and smiling at me from an air mattress! And next to her, my brother Jofus! And in between them, adorable baby Benjamin J!!




It was a huge surprise. DC knew about it and had welcomed them late the night before. I couldn’t believe it. I was a little nervous about having company with the struggles I had been having, but DC and Lori handled nearly all of the cooking and I just let go mentally of everything else that I would have done and just ENJOYED them.




We went on to have one of the best weekends ever. . . .




A trip to the park and Benjamin’s first ride on a swing.



Really, really good food.


detail: Homemade ice cream (Lori’s original Key Lime Pie ice cream and Reese’s peanut-butter cup), French toast with tons of buttermilk syrup and fresh strawberries, Biscuits and gravy, Lori’s super yummy chicken enchiladas, Fruit pizza, etc.


Hyrum knit Benjamin this groovy scarf.

A trip to rural Colorado to be with DC’s brother and sister for a late Christmas get-together (already planned before the surprise :).



10 days and about 10 lbs apart! :)


Watching The Hobbit and playing Tapple and Ticket to Ride Europe edition



Going to church together and visiting the temple site




I could not believe how my spirits lifted having these two funny (and may I mention, nice!?) people and one very adorable baby nephew around. It felt like the sun had come back out.


100 days of gratitude tag[7]


Since then, DC has started classes again and we are completely back into the routine. And I am doing better. . .so far (may it continue and increase!).


So grateful for modern medicine but even more grateful. . . .


. . .for Family.


Vauna said...[Reply to comment]

What a wonderful surprise. There is nothing better than family for lifting spirits! And Benjamin is SO adorable!

heroineworshipper said...[Reply to comment]

Exercise is the great cure for depression.

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle! Yay! This post makes my heart happy. I am so so glad that your brother and his cute wife and baby surprised you with a visit. Family can be so healing. I'm so glad the visit went well and lifted your spirits! I, too, hope they continue to be lifted!