Ever since my mom left my house in early November, she has been lamenting that she won’t see Mazen until Christmas. Little did she know we had a surprise visit planned! This weekend is the Hillsborough Christmas parade, and Dad, Larbs and I arranged to surprise mom. I did my best to convince her I wasn’t going to be able to come:
“I don’t feel comfortable driving alone, and Matt can’t leave the bakery during the holiday season”
“We’re going out to dinner with Karen on Friday night”
“Don’t be sad; we’ll see you in a month for Christmas!”
“I have a dinner with my mothers group on Saturday. I might make a bean dip.”
“Hey, Any news? I’m walking on the way to Body Pump. Oh hi Sarah! Mom, I’ll call you back”
And while I stopped to nurse, I emailed her a photo of Maze playing at home I had saved on my phone so she would think I was home having a regular day.
So when we walked in the door, she was SHOCKED!! One of the biggest surprises of her life, she says. (Tied with when I told her I was pregnant at Christmas last year!)
I had pumpkin oats topped with banana, pecans and Barney Butter before I left!
I left Charlottesville after our late morning nursing session. My plan was to just take the trip easy and if I had to stop every 30 minutes to tend to Maze that’s what I’d do. Luckily we only had one crying episode where I had to pull over and nurse him (and then pull over 5 miles after that because he hadn’t gotten all of his burps out) but luckily he slept happily most of the trip. He sure loves to sleep in cars now! For a while I thought it might be a 3 hour trip turned into 6, but then he dozed back off.
Packed lunch to go:
Turkey, pumpkin butter + spinach sandwich that was eaten on the road
With a side of orange segments and carrots
Early afternoon snack – Greek yogurt and cranberry sauce!! Yay for cranberry sauce!
The surprise was so fun!! We spent the rest of the afternoon going through my old childhood toys and clothes that mom and dad have saved in the attic for the past 20-something years. M loves to look at this busy box circa 1982.
I found a few gender neutral clothes for Maze in the collection! The rest we are saving for possible girl grandchildren down the line.
Larbs’s rubber ducky collection!
Do you guys think there is any danger in playing with toys that have been in an attic for 25+ years? I’m a little bit concerned – it does get really hot up there in the summer. I can see how when M is in his chewing-on-everything stage it might not be wise, but what about general touch playing? Am I just being paranoid about the potential of mutated plastic?
My little Duke shirt!
For the evening we all went over to Duke to meet Matt and Larbs for Fuqua Fridays.
Matt is in business school at Duke and they have these amazing dinners every Friday night. I’m sorry I didn’t take a photo of the scholar himself, but we had a fabulous time being his guests.
The buffet was an exciting selection of Southern favorites
I had BBQ, green beans, chicken, hushpuppies, a biscuit, mac and cheese and slaw
And the most delicious banana puddin’ topped with berries!
M took a nap in his Auntie Larbs’s arms, and I nursed him in the kids’ room before we left for home.
Maze and I were both in bed before 10. And then had our first long-stretch great night’s sleep in a week! He must have known he was in his mom’s cozy childhood bedroom : )