We've had a fabulous week here in Gasperini-Ville, commenced by a special someone's birthday. Happy 62nd Papa!!
We celebrated with him on Sunday night and the boys had a blast giving him his gift--"A Day With Papa", complete with gift certificates to spend a day with his grandsons eating ice cream, spoiling them at Toys 'R Us, and finishing off at a local baseball game.
When GG and I sat down to brainstorm birthday gift ideas we kept coming back to two things-- TIME and GRANDSONS. Put the two together and voila! "A Day With Papa" was born. M and T helped come up with locations for the day, so in the end it was a family effort. We are also hopeful J will get to tag along for the ice cream and toy spoiling part of the venture. Most of all, we hope Papa is in heaven getting to spend some quality time with his little boys, doing what he loves best. Oh Happy Day!
The rest of the week has been the usual--preschool, work, and the like. One snaffoo we hate to mention (but will for posterity's sake) was an unnamed family member's losing of his car keys (how we hate to place blame! :) Unfortunately, the car wouldn't start with the spare set, so we had to have it towed from work to the shop, where they figured out the key problem. Then we had to pay through the nose to get the spare and another key chip configured. Don't you just love issues like this (especially when the monthly budget was so on track!)?? :)
The boys were along for the initial ride to drop off the spare set of keys (which didn't end up working and led to the towing...) and kept asking, "Why aren't the keys working? Why is this taking so long? What is going to happen to Daddy's car?" Mama had to put on her game face and give them a dose of a life lesson--"Well boys, sometimes things don't work out as we planned, but we have to learn to roll with the punches..." Mind you, I had to repeat this internally several times to keep myself calm. How I would have hated to hand out the lesson and then live it differently! ha
So that's what we did... we rolled through the rest of the week and are doing just fine. Thanks be to God!
To end, I leave you with two funny M quotes from tonight:
As I'm getting ready to read the story of Zaccheus, the tax collector, and Jesus' visit to his home, M says,
"Mom, was Zucchini the small man?"
Later as we're getting ready for bed, he says to me,
"Mom, I'm going to be MG's protector. If she tries to break any of the toys or go into J's room, I'm going to stop her and be in charge of her."