I'm still trying to process some of it.
So AAP is opening a new store in Charlottesville. It happens to be within walking distance to my parents' house. Since Marc had to go up, we decided to make a one night stop to see my parents. As part of the tour I decided to take the kids to my old work, where my dad still works.
It was great seeing my old co-workers. I didn't get to see all of them, but I guess on a Friday during the summer you're bound to have a lot of employees out! It's always a bit weird coming back. I worked in the same place for seven years, it was during my "growing up" years, so it's sort of like coming home. The people that worked in HR and at UVa were always what I loved most about my job. They are the reason it took awhile for me to finally leave. I miss them. BUT I don't miss the work. Not even a little. It was nice to go back and see my people, in my street clothes, relaxed, and with my birds. No stress, no deadlines, no pressure. Love it!
The last time I was there I was pregnant with HR, GB was 1 1/2 years old, and Carter would have been 2 1/2 or 3, I guess. So this was the first time everyone got to see Harpie, in all her wild glory. I can imagine it was quite odd to see me with three walking and talking kids. When I stopped working Gabo was only 4 months old! An entirely different life I have now.
It was a good visit and I'm glad we went.
After grandpa's office CJ wanted to see grammy's office, so off we went. I am not sure my mom's co-workers have ever really met the kids before, definitely not Harps. Of course Team P acted as though they owned the place, walking in to people's offices, grabbing the bagels off the table, making friends. It was all very cute. Luckily my mom's boss let her leave for the day, which meant she got to join us and my sister-in-law at the pool!! WOO HOO!
So we went home, ate lunch, and headed to the pool. I was not sure how the two little ones would react but I knew Carter would love it. I didn't know just how much they would all blow me away. Carter insisted on going down the slide by herself. It made me happy and crushed me all at the same time. Harper wore the little puddle jumper thing and did awesome and my Gabey hung out in the kids pool making friends with the little ladies. He did SO well!! Very proud of all of them.
But it just proved that my kids are not babies. They are toddlers/kids. Independent, adventurous, and don't need me hovering right over them all the time. WAHHH! I will say though, thank God my mom and Gretchen came along, there is NO way I could have done it on my own. Thanks ladies!!! A big surprise to the day was Marc showing up. We were all so excited to see him!
That night Marc took me out for a belated birthday dinner to The Melting Pot! OMG delicious! We then got to walk one the Downtown Mall. It was just like old times.
It was a quick trip, but a quality trip. Traveling is getting so much easier with the kids. They are better in the car, sleep better in someone else's bed, and overall handle themselves better.
I guess I just have to face the facts that Carter will always want to travel outside of the nest on her own, Harper will be like a fireball through the sky doing anything, and my sweet Gabe will always find ladies to take care of him. No more babies in our house. Makes me weepy.
Proof that she went down alone!