We had quite a weekend! Jeff's childhood friend Valerie and her husband Louis drove down from Bloomington, Illinois and Debra drove up from Smackover to stay with us for the weekend and go to the game. Grandma and Grandpa Martin also came to visit and stayed with Becky and Keebler. It was a full house, but so much fun!
Grandma and Grandpa got to town late Thursday (my birthday!) and got to visit with a very sleepy munchkin before settling in at Becky's for the night. We all needed to rest up for the weekend of festivities –
Friday: Jeff had to work, but I took off to spend the day with Grandma, Grandpa, Becky and the little one. My friend Teresa had showed me pictures of her family at the pumpkin patch and said they had so much fun — so we packed into my car and drove out to Pea Ridge to visit the Pumpkin Patch…
We were really disappointed as I was hoping we'd get to see the Great Pumpkin — or at least pick out a pumpkin or two for carving. But I suppose next year we'll have to make reservations!
We got home in time to get dressed for dinner. My parents took us to one of our favorite restaurants — PF Chang's. Yum!
We came home from dinner and had the cutest birthday cake I've ever seen! Grandma didn't even want to cut into it!
Happy Birthday Mom & Dad!
Grandma and Grandpa volunteered to stay with the munchkin and put him to bed so Jeff and I could hit the town with friends. Of course, we had to meet up with Keith and the gang at Z330 and it was nice to be out and see friends we don't see so often these days.
When we got home, the Smackover crew stayed up nearly all night catching up and telling stories — and there was a 5am You, Me and Dupree incident, but everyone finally made it to bed and got some sleep in anticipation of Saturday!
Saturday: Game Day! Everyone finally got up and around and started getting ready for the game. I think at one point on Saturday there were 15 people in our house! I didn't think our little house was capable of all that! Grandma and Grandpa, Becky, Valerie and Louis and their two youngest kids, Valerie's Mom and sister, Debra, Josh and David. We had lunch and then headed out for some tailgating.
And it just wouldn't have been the same if I didn't forget something at home… The last time we went to a game in Fayetteville – I forgot our tickets at home. This time we had parked my car at our tailgating spot the night before so we could get dropped off for the game and then drive ourselves home that night — and I forgot my keys at home… The game was heartbreaking, but the day was a blast.
Sunday: Sunday morning everyone packed up and got ready to hit the road. And Jeff and I prepared for the changing of the guard. Grandmother, Pop and Aunt Lucille arrived Sunday afternoon to spend the day. Grandmother brought dinner and a Pumpkin Birthday Cake. Colt was a little out of sorts from his long weekend of visitors – but had fun hanging out with Pop and Granny and meeting his Great Aunt Lucille!
As usual, we had about 10 days worth of plans for a few days worth of weekend — but we packed most of it in and had such a good time. I took tons more photos and most of them are in the Colt photo album along the right-hand side of the page. Thanks everybody for coming to visit!
(Today is 19 weeks for the little guy — and an undisclosed number of years for his Daddy. Happy Birthday Dad!)