It's been a good weekend. On Saturday I went to my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower. It was a lot of fun and apart from enjoying everyone's company, my favorite moment was watching her happiness and excitement when she was opening her shower gifts. What do you think I bought her? Photograph albums, two of them. A really neat one with a little suitcase on the front and a traveling design, saying "Photos from Our Honeymoon". The other was a smaller one for a purse. It had "I do, I do, I do, I do!" written on it and the design matched the wedding invitations she had picked, exact colors, polka dot ribbon, perfect! I knew when I saw it that I was going to give it to her. I thought to buy her a couple of photo frames also but I couldn't find any that I thought she might like. Fortunately one of the other guests gave her a real pretty one.
To recap, our son Brad and Lisa are getting married on June 27th. We are very excited about welcoming Lisa into our family, and she really is already part of our family. She told everyone how she and Brad met, and she enjoyed me telling them all how I knew something was up even before Brad told us he had met the love of his life.
The first clue was when he came home sporting a really smart hair-cut. He doesn't remember me narrowing my eyes and thinking to myself, "What the heck is this all about?" but even then I knew that there was a very good reason and I had a pretty good idea what that reason was. Mother's know don't they? Also his 'mutton-chop' side-burns disappeared shortly afterwards. I had spent years trying to get this boy into the barbers before his hair and those mutton chops hit his shoes! Yes I am exaggerating just a tad but the struggles I had to persuade this son of ours to get his locks trimmed before a school photo is written in the annuls of our family history, or at least in mine. He has always hated getting his hair cut since day one, and to do this on his own volition? Well after I had picked myself up off the floor and shut my gaping mouth, I quietly smiled. Hmmmm ....... Mothers know!
The second clue was when he came home one day with a couple of nice shirts and ties and that was just the start. All of a sudden he started taking notice of his appearance, the 'T' shirts and jeans disappeared for a while and he started using after-shave - he smelled beautiful! Hmmmm........ Mother's know!
The third clue was that he told me he was going to get new glasses. He didn't like the shape of the ones he had and that 'a friend from work' was going with him to help him pick some out. Huh? Okay, now I know something is going on, since when had he started giving a hoot what shape his glasses were, and why is he bothering now? He was pretty vague when I asked him who the friend was. I said to Gregg "something's up" and Gregg said "Nahhhhh......" and as I rolled my eyes up into my head I said, "Uh-huh!" Yep.......Mothers know!
Early Sunday we had breakfast with him and all these memories were popping into my head. (Gregg and I have been looking at lots of his baby pictures lately and saying where on earth did all that time go?) It's becoming a weekly tradition to meet up on a Sunday morning, usually picking him up at his apartment. We generally go over to his favorite restaurant. It was fun and we had the nicest waiter we have ever had. He kept calling me Darling. "Certainly Darling", "Here you go Darling". I thought he was a Darling. Darling chap! Brad is a regular at this place and he was recognized immediately with a big friendly greeting and genuine smile. We all agreed that next time we go and if he's there, we're going to head for his table. I hasten to add that the other staff have been very nice to us and we have never had cause for complaint, but he was special. Maybe it was because he called me Darling? Yes I'm joking, he was just a complete love.
We stopped off at Brad's apartment for half an hour or so, and then Gregg and I headed to Lowe's over in Manassas. We needed another can of paint as Gregg is in the middle of painting the kitchen.
We also got our deck cleaned last week by a nice young man who when he comes home from college, does work in our neighborhood for the summer months. He did the best job ever and will be coming back soon to seal and stain the deck.
Slowly we're getting everything straight. It's a good time to do some major spring cleaning and I'm trying to get things organized before the wedding and with family and friends coming into town.
If I don't seem to be visiting your blogs and leaving as many comments lately I apologize but I've been a bit distracted and busy, and probably will be for the next couple of weeks or so. I'm going to pre-date some posts but I will try to pop in every now and again when time allows.