It’s been pretty quiet around here with the kids gone for Fall Break. Although, it’s gonna end on a pretty exciting note! I must quickly digress tho…
Most of you have probably noticed that Brad and I are a May-December couple. While my entire family supports that by no longer speaking to me (and really, that IS supportive whether they want it to be or not), Brad’s family has been incredibly welcoming, warm and wonderful to me.
His Mother very kindly welcomed me to the “group” last year when she first met me, and then gave another very warm-hearted “welcome to the family” after Brad and I married in May. She also guided Brad and I into hugging one another and reminded us to be good to each other. Very special words that I will always take to heart. His sister, Jan and her husband Mike, are so down to earth and the sweetest people. Not to mention TALENTED!! Jan has a green thumb the most accomplished horticulturist would envy, and Mike is such an amazing craftsman with wood… He just built a real-size wooden FISHING BOAT so they can enjoy the Oregon lakes (and possibly ocean?!)!! It is beautiful!
Brad’s son Brian, and wife Jill, and their daughters are AMAZING. We spent our summer in Oregon, where Brad’s family lives, and I really was able to get to know them. We had so much fun together, and I can honestly say that Jill is my best friend (right after Brad) whether she wants to be or not. I pretty much stalk her. I hope they don’t get mad at me for putting their picture in here, but I LOVE it.
Now, because of the age difference between Brad and I, Brian is actually older than me. [That makes me laugh, just so you know…] We all have an inside joke about me being a step-“Grandma” to the kids, but we all crack up when we say it. That pretty much started because Jill couldn’t stop referring to us as “Grandpa and Grandma” to their girls. At lunch one day their oldest daughter was saying the prayer and as she was praying she said, “…and thank you for Grandpa and Grandma…” [long pause] and I burst into laughter. So his granddaughters will jokingly say “Grandma” every now and then. I think it’s hilarious, because in NO WAY am I a grandma nor ready to be one (do you HEAR ME, Megan?!). Brian jokingly refers to me as “lil’ mom”, and that cracks me up too. If he’s gonna call me anything I certainly prefer that to Big Momma or Lil Muther, or any myriad of other “names” that could be chosen, if you know what I mean.
Back to company… Brian works hard for his family as a long-haul trucker. He has never met my kids, but they are anxious to meet their “step-brother” and he seems to really want to meet them as well. A very rare occasion has come up where Brian just happens to be heading our way and can stay overnight for a visit. The kids aren’t here right now, but the day we head out to pick up them up from their Dad, Brian is heading the same way too. We just might be able to have the kids meet him!
I am fairly excited because we are so far away from Brad’s family and now we’ll have a chance for a visit! Although, I have to say I am bummed I won’t get to see Jill this trip. (Gotta put that out there, Jill!! I’m missing you!!) But that’s ok, I’ll get to see her soon enough. Brian will also get to see the garage project his Dad is doing now too. Way cool!
I baked another batch of those Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies for Brian to take with him, hopefully some of them will make it to Jill! [Hint, Hint!] Thank goodness I just put the last batch in the oven, so I no longer have to use all my willpower to keep from getting into the cookie dough!
Completely enjoying the surprises my “dash” holds!