On Sunday we got a surprise text from Meagan and OZ to say they were in town for one (more) night and would we meet them for dinner. We didn't know they were in town, and OZ is getting ready for another trip to Iraq soon, so of course we were excited to get to see them, since it has been a little over a year, where does the time go? I spent about an hour carefully loading up my back pack with things for the kids to do and eat, etc. I knew that If I couldn't keep them busy, our chances of actually getting to stay and talk to them for long was very slim. We got there about 5:30. There were about 20 people at the restaurant/tavern, so although talking was a little difficult, and I was mostly preoccupied with the kiddos, we had a very nice time. The kids lasted until 8:45pm, bedtime is usually a strict 7-7:30, so this was very good for them. We got home and to bed, it was close to 9:30, they went right to sleep. Unfortunately Addie woke up. All. Night. Long.
The moral is, it was worth it because we actually got to visit more with them by staying late, as the crowd dwindled down, and we don't know the next time we see them, probably 18 months when OZ returns. But the other moral is, there is a reason I am anal about bedtime, and that system works very well for me, whereas Addie waking all night long from over tired (and probably a few too many "trying to keep her busy" goodies late at night) does not work for me.
Such special friends, and if you know us, you know we don't keep our kids up late for just anyone!
Here is a collage of pictures from the evening. Lily and Addie had a blast playing with Meg-Meg (that's what Lily called her when she was 2, on our cruise, and it has just stuck as a nickname, now Addie says it too) and her iphone, and I do believe that iphone might just have the best pictures I've seen my girls pose for on it, Addie also made friends with the ATM (much to my EWE!) after she was "let loose" from the booster seat. Double clicking on the collage should make it bigger if you want to see the pictures up close.
This picture is one that Meg and OZ took of Lily right before he left for Iraq last time, Sept 05, when they came to Portland to say goodbye. They always loved this picture so much, I just happened to find it today. Seriously, time does fly.