My good friend, Holly - of Our House, is a Very, Very, Very Warm House fame - was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer so to celebrate a positive progress, we had a St. Patrick's Day-themed Girl's Night with me, Mer, Debbie, Holly, Paula, and Paula's sister.
Easter is usually a sign of Spring to come, but not around Montana. If it's cold and dreary, it must be Easter! This year we broke with tradition and instead of going to family, went to visit friends who are like family in Big Timber, MT where they had just moved into a house in the country (but, to be fair, everything in Montana is "in the country"). Jacob's high-school friend, Matt, and his wife, Chelsa put on an amazing display of delicious, home-cooked food, we were treated to a last-minute dance performance by the older kids to some song I've never heard of by someone I've never heard of. Adrianna Grandes, or something. And we got to catch up with old, good friends.
Getting reacquainted. Matt and Chelsa first met Holden when he was about three weeks old. Then when Holden spent some time in Denver, they happened to be in the next hospital over and rushed to his bedside and stayed with him. If that's not what Godparents are, then I don't what is.
Matt and Chelsa's daughter, Alex.
Winter coats? CHECK! Must be time to go Easter Egg hunting!
Even the puppy had too much fun!
See. Cats are total assholes.
The blizzardy drive home. Happy Easter!
Around Easter it was also Jacob's birthday. We spoiled him with treats and homemade cards, and his parents spoiled him with new pots and pans! I was so excited, I wanted to say thank you but didn't know if that would have been appropriate since it was *his* birthday and all.
Meeting the newest members of the McIntyre-Metzler herd, chickens!
Cousin love. Little boys can be so surprising. They're so wrapped up in their world, which is new every day, and mainly consists of cars, TV shows, the gross thing his friend at school said, the latest tooth he just lost, and the dinner he doesn't want to eat. Layne is all of those things but he's also AMAZING with his Cousin, Holden. He is so sweet and cute, genuinely excited to see him, and loves to help out. And after spending his years herding Zoey and Libby, I think he's also probably excited to have another boy around.
After playtime, it was Holden's job to whip up Daddy's birthday cake.
Also enjoying a birthday in the Spring was Zoey's friend, Eli (my friend, Ashley's son), so off to his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party we went!
Played some hoops.
Hopped some scotch.
Can't talk. Eating.
Even Ninja Turtles need a cupcake break. And wear sparkly Hello Kitty shirts.
As the weather gradually became nicer, Mother's Day quickly approached. God planned that just right in my book, even though, aside from celebrating the greatness of my own mother, mother-in-law, and Grandma(s) (two of which are at the giant card table in the sky) I generally scoff and roll my eyes at the "holiday," dubbing it Do Everything You do Every Other Day Only You're Worshiped for it Day. Watch the Season 1 Mothers Day episode of The Middle. Just sayin'.
We, of course, did a lot of staying at home, so here are some interesting - well, as interesting as it can be - pictures of that:
I am by no means a "photographer," but I've watched America's Next Top Model enough to know that some photogs take a bunch of the same picture then save/edit the best one. This is one such photo, before or after the "best" photo, but still one of the best. That Montana wind can be a real bitch!
Weather-speaking, we were lucky enough to have summer creep up on us this year. And also lucky enough that we didn't get some of the rain and moisture we've gotten in previous Spring seasons. Now we're deep in the throes of summer and...wait for it...
DUN DUN DUN
Pray for us...