A lot of wonderful things happened this past week!
First wonderful thing: Grandpapa, Grandmama, and Uncle Weston drove all the way from Texas to visit us! Even though the weather tried to be disagreeable with sporadic downpours, we showed them around Montreal.
Then for the weekend, since the Sugar Land Party Van doesn’t seem to mind adding mileage, we joined the mega-roadtrip on a leg to Québec City and back.
On our last day together, we did some home improvement, like assembling a toddler bed from IKEA, hanging a curtain rod, and Grandmama showing me how to make tab curtains. A post about Sonya’s new room will follow soon.
Second wonderful thing: our neighbor Martin baked a cherry-apple pie. See the R in the homemade vegan crust? After chicken/pasta dinner and dessert à la mode, we sat in the living room and had a “sing-around.” Everyone took turns singing a song!
Third wonderful thing: my high school friend Huay-Ying and her fiancé John happened to be in Montreal for a few days, too!
Fourth wonderful thing (chronologically): Drex turned thirty-one. Wow! And each year, he just gets more fabulous.
Fifth wonderful thing: our second wedding anniversary! Has it really been two years? Seems not so long ago. But then again, we have a baby now. And fairly soon, I’ll have to stop calling her a baby and recognize that she’s an independent-spirited toddler.
Here’s another picture from the second day of our wedding, the Christian ceremony in Grandmama and Grandpapa’s backyard in Sugar Land. Sonya’s Greatgrandpa Ruths married us in a beautiful ceremony. Such a special memory. And sixth wonderful thing: Greatgrandpa Ruths is doing well after having a pacemaker placed in his heart. He got home from the hospital the day after his operation! Seventh wonderful thing: Greatgrandpa has a new greatgrandson and Sonya has a new cousin named Kaleb!
Eighth wonderful thing: Sonya enjoyed her first day of daycare yesterday! The teachers and director at Kids and Company said that Sonya had the “best first day” of any child they’ve had! She spent the morning playing with toys, and the few times she cried, another child took a toy away from her. Sonya drank milk, ate a bowl of chili for lunch, took an afternoon nap, and had a snack of cheese and crackers.
When Drex picked her up to bike home in the late afternoon, Sonya apparently seemed happy to see him, but wasn’t clingy. I’d like to think this is because Sonya has a secure attachment to us. She knows that we love her, we would never leave her, and that when we go away, we will always, no matter what, come back for her.
Drex said, “Sonya being happy at daycare is the best birthday present I could have gotten.”
It’s a huge gift for both of us! Thank you, my dearest Sonya, for being such a “goo grrr” (her words for good girl).
Ninth and tenth, the most wonderful thing every day of every week: these two faces. My little family.
Sonya not only enjoys daycare, but also her pink cupcake helmet and the morning bike ride in her deluxe trailer from Grandpapa, Grandmama, and Uncle Weston. She’s waving bye-bye to me in this picture, but it almost looks like she’s telling me to “Live Long and Prosper.”