These past few days have been super busy for us. We have so many life milestones going on right now and we have been doing alot of getting ready for and celebrating those milestones!
Thursday night was fun because my mom had a little get together for all her oldest granddaughters...Ashley, Laura, Lindy, and my niece Brianna. She invited them out for dinner at PF Changs and then to spend the night at her house and watch movies and have dessert, etc. Unfortunately, Ashley got sick and couldn't go, but the other three girls went. They all have birthdays this month AND they are all leaving for college in about a week and a half. So it was kind of a celebration of all those things.
She gave them some birthday spending money (what girl doesn't love that??) and she gave them a very special book. My mom was a high school English teacher and she loves literature and poetry. She has a book of poems that she got from her mother that is her favorite. So she bought one of these books for each of her granddaughters.
She wrote a sweet letter inside the front cover of each one and inside she put special family pictures and her favorite quotes, etc.
She also underlined special poems in the book and wrote in the margins about things that she liked. I know it meant so much to Laura and Lindy. It is something they will always treasure.
I had a great time Thursday night, too, because I got to go out to dinner with a sweet friend of mine who I have been friends with since high school. I love her so much and her daughter just got married, so she was able to give me lots of tips and advice. I don't have any pictures of us though. We were too busy talking our heads off! haha
This weekend was tax-free weekend here, so we have been buying everything we could think of to finish getting ready for school to start. School supplies, clothes, printers, dorm room stuff, etc. I also found out that Ann Taylor Loft is giving teachers a 15% discount now just like J Crew does!
Just bring in your teacher ID and you're set.
Last night was a very special night for our family. It was Ashley and John's engagement party.
John's Uncle Stacy has a beautiful home with a pool and he went ALL OUT to host an absolutely wonderful party for both families last night. I think there were about 40 people there.
It couldn't have been any nicer. Stacy used to be a chef and he pulled out all the stops for us on food. He had the most delicious appetizers to start off with. Then he brought out platter after platter of amazing dishes like crab cakes and marinated pork tenderloin, grilled asaparagus and eggplant and squash, green bean and potato salad, sliced roast beef with horseradish sauce, etc... We ate so much.
We have met John's parents, but we had never met his extended family like aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. You never know how those kinds of events will go, but they are all just the warmest and most hospitable people you would ever meet. Everyone was so welcoming and made us feel right at home. We had a great time getting to know everyone. There were lots of hugs all around and good conversation and a sweet prayer for John and Ashley and a few sentimental tears. It already feels like we are one big family together and I am so grateful for that.
Last night was also the night Lindy had to say goodbye to her boyfriend, Kevin. Needless to say, it was very sad for her. They are both going to different schools for college and those schools are not near each other. So, she is a little blue today. I remember when I left for Baylor and Steve was going to NC State. He came over the morning my family was leaving and we stood in my driveway and hugged goodbye and I cried my eyes out. He had made me a cassette tape of all of "our songs" during our high school years. I played that tape all the way to Texas and it felt like I would never see him again. It was just pitiful. So I know what she is going through. I am so proud of her for being really strong, though. The best thing about being separated in today's world is that you can text or e-mail or chat or skype! That will hopefully make it a little easier.
So...those are the ups and downs of life in the Maddox household lately! I'm sure the next few weeks will keep us on this rollercoaster for a little longer. I will keep you posted on everything!