That handsome bald guy is someone pretty special too but not one of my coworkers. But we have discussed his greatness many times and I am sure we will discuss it again. He is the best.
Today was graduation day! Once I was home from graduation - I spent all evening looking for a dress for Rich's work Christmas party. . . .that is on Day 20. Way to plan ahead, Hoffman.
Here are a few pictures from today.
Day 20 - A trip to KC for Rich's work party. All I know is that we don't do this type of thing enough. We had so much fun. Rich works with great people who were so kind to me. I had missed the last two years because of kids (usually sick ones) keeping me home. I was made to feel welcome and missed. I heard so many compliments about Rich -- but the kind of compliments that let me know that they truly do know Rich and his greatest strengths. One of his coworkers called him "incredibly endearing to clients". What a perfect choice of words. Rich will never be the most polished or perfected -- but it turns out that is one of his best qualities. Because Rich is real, incredibly friendly, and completely disarming. Endearing - what a perfect word for him. I am a bit biased -- but I have yet to meet someone that has spent any time with the guy who doesn't think he is the best. I quite agree. Here we are ready for our party.
Day 21 - Today was a great day. We awakened rested - having no one waking us with leg pains, headaches, bad dreams, or separation anxiety. We had a lovely breakfast and were able to sip our coffee leisurely. Knowing that our sweet babysitter (Rich's mom) would likely be ready for our arrival -- as four kids is a lot no matter how fantastic they are-- we packed and headed home. We enjoyed our three hours of chat time. It is clear that we both very much enjoy laughing -- and it might be picking on each other that makes us laugh the most.
Arriving home was a rude awakening - Ben was tired from a sleepover, Brandon missed his nap, Katherine didn't want Mommy to stop holding her, and Elizabeth had become deluded into thinking she was in charge. This was a recipe for operation - get bedtime here! We wrapped some presents - trying to involve the children as much as possible. Distraction is a good thing. We fed them dinner and immediately began the bedtime routine. They all crashed and burned quickly. They just needed some sleep.
By the time it occurred to me that I hadn't take any pictures today - I went and took a picture of my favorite subjects. It was the kind of day that needed a moment to see their sweetness when they sleep. Sometimes on those days - it is hard to see their sweetness when they are awake.
Whether she likes it or not, she is just as sweet and irresistible as her younger siblings. How could I not include her?
This is where Rich usually catches his first two or three hours of sleep. I need to wrap this blog up so that I can go tell him it is time to go to bed. I am exhausted too. We had a fun weekend - but driving 6 hours in two days for a few hours of party takes it out of a pair of old goats, like us.