My mom came to visit this week, and we had a blast! She helps so much with Mary Ella- they just play and play. On Tuesday she came to swim lessons to take pictures, and she was so impressed with Mary Ella in the water. That night we had PF Chang's take-out. Yum! Wednesday morning Lindsay and Gunnar walked to the pond with us to see the ducklings. The mom and dad aren't nearly as protective, so we were able to feed them from the bank. After our walk we got ready and had lunch at On the Border before doing a little shopping. My brother recently moved out, so Mama is re-doing his bathroom. We went to Target and TJ Maxx for new towels, rug, shower curtain, etc. We didn't have much luck, but Mary Ella did great! She is such a shopper now that she can sit up front in the buggy or ride forward in her stroller. Thursday was rainy, so we played around the house most of the day. It cleared up later, so we got permission to attend the night swim class. Brad wanted to come see her swim anyway, so it worked out perfectly. Afterward we ate at Larry's Pizza. Mary Ella was exhausted by the time we got home. I think she slept until 8:00 the next morning. Yippee! Friday morning we walked down to the pond again, and this time the ducklings came to us on the bank. Mary Ella was sitting in her stroller so she got to see them really well. They came up SO close to us to get the bread. When they were all done and walking away, Mary Ella started fussing. She wanted them to come back! It was so cute! After that we stopped at the Brodie Creek pavillion for breakfast and bubbles. We made it back home in time for Mary Ella's nap and did some more shopping. We made stops at Sam's, Steinmart, Cupcakes and Caterpillars, and The Toggery and squeezed in a stop for a milkshake at Cheeburger Cheeburger. Friday night we had fish tacos and rented a movie. Mama was planning on going home Saturday, but Brad talked her into staying one more night so we could go on a date. I'm so glad we got to do that! We needed it! We had a nice dinner at Capers and made it to the late showing of Letters to Juliet (Brad wanted to watch Robin Hood, but I talked him into it- he's kind of a sucker for chick flicks). Ha! It was cheesy, but about what we expected. Sunday after church we had fajitas, and I ran out to Amanda's baby shower. She got so many cute things. Baby Porter will be here soon! I am so excited about all the new babies on the way in our church. There are 6 babies on the way in our Bible class alone. More friends for Mary Ella!
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