We finally found time that fit all of our schedules for us to go out to see our second family again! Or better yet more like our first family because Caroline and Cooper were like our own kids long before Karson entered this world :) I started keeping Caroline (aka: Gracie, Sassy, GG and on and on) when she was 4 months old...and I am pretty sure she was 6 months old when Crystal told me she was expecting again! And just a few short months later Cooper (aka: Bobby, Bay, and on and on) entered the world. It was a day full of memories from the start!! And when Brandon and I found out we were expecting we decided to make the decision for me to stay home with Karson which was quite difficult because I felt like I was leaving my first two children behind. But one thing is for sure they will always be apart of our life! Most of my recent knowledge on raising kids came from keeping these two for so long and following the schedule Crystal had them on. She definitely taught me a lot! So much that sometimes I laugh because Karson seems to be on the same schedule they were on. Good thing is I was used to that so it made adjusting quite simple!
Honestly, I am not sure who was more excited about this play date. I'm pretty sure it had been 12 weeks since we had seen them last so Brandon and I were dying to play with them as much as they wanted to see us (and "baby Karson") Of course we have had several conversations on the phone and I hear we make their prayer list quite often, but nothing compares to being with everyone and playing! We planned to go over at 7 and Crystal texted me at 6:15 when Gracie woke up from her nap and she said "why are they not here yet!"
What fun we had....You know they are like your family when you just pick up right where you left off last time!!! I told Crystal I would bring dessert which I decided to just take the cake and make it there because everyday Gracie used to ask me "Um, DD Can we make a craft today? Are we gonna bake something today?" So I knew we would enjoy that and yes we did! They loved taking turns holding baby Karson and they were oh so excited to tell us ALL they had been doing this summer (or better yet show us!) Bobby took us straight upstairs as soon as we got their to show us his new lightning mcqueen bed, Gracie had to tell us all about swimming, Bobby is so proud he is potty trained now, and Gracie had to show us how she could ride her bike! (needless to say it was nonstop the whole time we were there!) Karson fit right in and just went along with everything we were doing (he is definitely good at that)
And this is a good summary of what everyday would be like if I was still keeping them!
Of course I had to capture us creating memories that night! Brandon always says I should just capture "mental memories" (who is he kidding...he knows me better than this :) And I'm so glad I always have captured memories with them because I got home that night and looked back through some of my pictures of them! Oh the laughs and fun times we have had.....and oh how big they have gotten. One thing is for sure we are so thankful our paths crossed 3 1/2 years ago. Now they will always be a part of our life!!