Anytime we get to rest and someone plays with Adon while I rest is considered a vacation!! However, I forgot my camera, so we have no pictures. J has settled into his new two-week rotation at work. Every other week he gets 7 days off in a row. The first day of this break was spent in Springfield, IL with Caleb (J's best friend) and his parents. It was nice to catch up and relax. Mrs. Kietzman was so generous and gave us a gift card to Smokey Bones for lunch that day!
Thursday night, April met us in Springfield and we drove to Bloomington to visit J's family. Friday morning, we visited with J's great aunt, Aunt Retta (short for Henrietta). She recently had a stroke and J hasn't seen her in about 5 years. It was the first time Adon and I got to meet her. That afternoon, we got to see our friend Miracle from Peoria. She brought her three kids and it was the first time we got to meet 5-month old Janie! Talk about adorable! Adon did great with her! We've been trying to teach him "gentle" in preparation for Baby's arrival, and it was so exciting when he gentle stroked Janie's face! This was a major accomplishment since about a month or two ago he smacked another baby in the face! Friday night, we had dinner with the Kings (J's sister's family) and J's dad and stepmom. It was so good! Later that night, J started Return of the King, the third Lord of the Rings movie. I've never seen the Lord of the Rings movies before, so we watched the first and second ones in J's previous 7-day break. Unfortunately, we didn't start the 4 hour movie until about 11 pm! I made it about an hour and a half before J told me to go to bed. He told me he couldn't hear the movie, because I was snoring. :o) Gotta love an honest man!
Saturday morning, Tara cut and highlighted my hair and waxed my eyebrows. I felt so pampered!!! I think the last time my hair was even trimmed was maybe October, and maybe a year since I last had it highlighted! What a treat! Thanks, Tara!! Aunt T also cut Adon's hair and showed me how to cut it to look like a little boy's haircut instead of a military kid! April spent some time with her family before heading back to St. Louis. We had a lovely nap in the afternoon and dinner at J's dad's house. Back at Mom's we watched (I really tried to stay awake!) the last Bull's basketball game on TV.
This morning, was perfectly wonderful! We had breakfast before Grandpa drove down from Toluca. Then, we sat on the porch just shooting the breeze and enjoying the delightful weather! Adon did NOT enjoy being in the grass! He was on all fours and quickly stuck his butt in the air to get his knees and legs off the grass. Then he picked up one foot to get as much out of the grass as possible. All that was holding him up were his two hands and one foot! He was so cute as he squawked in discontent. Even a wagon full of toys couldn't distract him from the pokey grass. We had a HUGE lunch of chicken and dumplings! We're letting lunch settle before dessert and a (hopefully) light dinner. J and Grandpa (or Happy, as the great-grandkids call him) are watching the Cubs game. It's so nice to just relax!
Tomorrow, we're going back to Springfield and then back to St. Louis. We'll enjoy a couple of days at home before J's next long stretch at work.
On a side note, we've been working hard to get Adon to have an afternoon quiet time. He's done extremely well with it while we've been away from home. I was really worried we'd have to start all over again when we got back home. Also, cloth diapers are a cinch! More on that later.