My parents have come and gone. My mom was here for 12 days, and my dad was here for 5, and they left yesterday to go back to the states. And Riley was beyond thrilled to have them here. She hasn't seen my mom since February, and my dad since December, but she knew exactly who they were and was completely comfortable with them. And it was definitely extremely nice to have them here! In fact, that's an understatement, since Mark was gone all week at a conference in Australia, and both kids were sick, and then I was sick myself, so I probably wouldn't have survived without the help of my mama! And my parents lucked out, as we had some pretty decent winter weather for a change!
One of Riley's favorite activities is to go feed the ducks, seagulls, and pukekos! And she makes sure to tell me about the "pinchy seagulls" since she saw a seagull nip another one once in attempts to steal the bread, and that has stuck in her mind ever since. She loves to go feed them a "sandwich," and get dangerously close to the edge, giving her grandpa a heart attack thinking she's going to fall in. Feeding ducks is definitely one of her most favorite things to do!
I don't know what it is, but Mark and I both agree, we absolutely LOVE watching our parents/family members with our children. Just seeing how much they love Riley and Jackson, how excited Riley is to see them, the interaction and the fun that is had, and the funny things that Riley says and does. :) At one point she had all 4 of us almost on the floor laughing she was being so incredibly funny! And of course, it makes me so sad when we have to say goodbye, not only because I miss them, but because I know Riley doesn't quite understand why she can't see grandma and grandpa again tomorrow. Or why grandma can't come and read her a story and give her tickles before bed. Or that, no baby girl, she won't be back tomorrow morning.
But you know what? In just a matter of months, we will likely be back in the US. Back in California. And then Riley and Jack Jack can have unlimited grandma and grandpa snuggles and tickles and stories. BECAUSE WE JUST ACCEPTED AN OFFER ON OUR HOUSE so, fingers crossed, it all goes through and that's one HUGE thing we can check off the list!
More pictures to come tomorrow...