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Weekend before Easter

This weekend we spent a quiet couple of days after being with the sweetie pies on Friday. On Sunday I cooked and took a few walks and worked on scheduling. But last weekend it was right after my birthday and the kids came to stay. I really love routine and make lists on top of lists to check off my monthly, daily and weekly tasks. However, when the kids come to visit it is just plain fun and my planning takes on a beautiful come what may status.

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First I ready the house; baby proof, spot clean, prepare the guest room. Then it is time for groceries, special snacks for the boys and a menu for the big people. The toys are taken out of storage and lined up on the back wall downstairs. Last minute details are attended to and then I wait, thinking of the fun that will unfold!

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Our routine is the same, Friday they arrive and I have prepared a meal. The boys are unsure for a few minutes but then start pointing to downstairs where they know they will find toys, aunts and uncles.  They play until they are tired and fight going to bed that first night.

The next morning I am on call waiting for the kids to wake up. I quietly walk in the room and grab the boys when I hear them stir and it is back downstairs. They settle in my lap on the recliner, grab blankets and chatter away. Eventually they shift to the couch where they switch channels and argue over the remote (so much like adults). It is then time for princess to wake up, we grab her and get a bottle started.

Frustration gets the best of the boys and they head to the tiny room at the bottom of the stairs calling Heme. Then it is on to the Aunties door where they pound and try to turn the doorknob. Uncle Hehe or Auntie Deeja wake up and I head upstairs to make a coffee and bring crackers for each boy. Alayna sits watching quietly but her eyes follow every movement!

This visit was different, we had an egg hunt. Fattima took charge and bought plastic eggs, filled them and hid them. The boys were not quite sure what this was all about but they found eggs, toys and candy! Needless to say Fattima was pretty excited and it went well.

My objectives are clear for these visits:

  • Enjoy the time we get to spend together
  • Let mom and dad  sleep in and have a tiny break
  • Hold as many babies as possible, get hugs, play with toys and soak in the sheer chaos that surrounds us with love.
  • Say goodbye and wait for another magical visit

Days when I feel anxious or down I remind myself or someone else reminds me haha, that I am living my dream. I sat in Saudi never imagining there could be a future like this one!

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  1. Sandhya #

    That is true bliss Lynn. So happy for you! All the babies are super cute and I am sure the parents appreciated you taking care of them and giving them a breather.

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    April 2, 2018
  2. A beautiful time had by all. Children make easter fun. Be well and stay smiling

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    April 2, 2018
  3. Bliss, sheer bliss!

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    April 2, 2018
  4. What a wonderful family time.

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    April 2, 2018
  5. Happy belated birthday and am so happy to share in your family visit. Bliss and joy of the love of family…glad you are giving loads of hugs to the kiddies.

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    April 2, 2018
  6. Happy belated birthday, Lynn! You have such an amazing family! No wonder you so proud of them! The boys and Alayna are just precious!

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    April 2, 2018
  7. Oh what a beautiful time! So so so happy for you I could just burst! Wishing you more days filled with love and family like these!!!

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    April 2, 2018
  8. Oh I missed your birthday sweetie! Happy Belated Birthday! I am so happy you had such a fulfilling Easter with the grands. Life IS grand! xoxo

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    April 2, 2018
  9. hello. You have such a adorable family.

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    April 2, 2018
  10. koolaidmoms #

    Happy Easter! So happy for you that your dreams for you and your family are coming true!

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    April 2, 2018
  11. Busy busy. What great pics, Lynn. Thanks for sharing all the joy. 🙂

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    April 2, 2018
  12. You’ve got it planned to perfection, Lynn.
    Leslie

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    April 2, 2018
  13. You are such an awesome grandma, Lynn! And of course, all those uncles and aunts are awesome too. What fantastic childhood memories you all create with the kids. Your family knows what “family” means. Very touching 💖

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    April 2, 2018
  14. Beautiful post and beautuful family Lynz.

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    April 2, 2018
  15. Beautiful post and beautuful family Lynz.

    Like

    April 2, 2018
  16. I am so happy for you Lynn! 😊❤️😊 and a belated Happy Birthday to you! 🎂

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    April 2, 2018
  17. I hope you are imagining even more joy 🙂

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    April 2, 2018
  18. I hope Fattima was a better egg hunt host than I ever was… it would never fail that all of the eggs wouldn’t be found and then I’d be clueless as to what was missing and where I’d put them all even when I tried not hiding too well.

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    April 2, 2018
  19. A great time, Lynn

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    April 3, 2018
  20. What a wonderful weekend, Lynn.

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    April 3, 2018
  21. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend – you have a beautiful family and deserve all the happiness they bring you.

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    April 3, 2018
  22. Wow, they are beautiful children. You deserve your beautiful family.

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    April 3, 2018
  23. Lynn, you are an extraordinary mother and grandmother. It is wonderful that your gift to your family is a gift to you as well. Great pictures. ❤

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    April 3, 2018
  24. You’re such a wonderful mom and grandmother!

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    April 3, 2018
  25. Happy Belated Birthday my friend. Wow ! What precious times with your family. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 x

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    April 4, 2018
  26. Beautiful family. 😊

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    April 4, 2018
  27. Alice #

    Love, pure love! Family time is the best. It can be exhausting but so worth those precious moments!

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    April 6, 2018
  28. Holding the babies sound like the best time of all.

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    April 10, 2018

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