I don't care if you're young or old
Let's get together and let the good times roll.
--BB King, "Let the Good Times Roll"
Since getting back home, we've been super busy - there's quite a list of doctors' appointments, lab work visits, physical and occupational therapy sessions that are keeping us out of the house (and, for the most part, out of trouble!). But even more importantly, there's a an enormous list of people that we want to catch up with.
To start, yesterday we visited our friends at Jay & Luke's school - and it was like homecoming. Everyone seemed glad to see the boys and ready to welcome them back to NCSU Bright Horizons. They have treated Jay like one of their own - and he's never even spent a day there! Apparently being Luke's brother gives you special treatment. We are incredibly grateful to have found a wonderful center that can take both of them.
We squeezed in Luke's 6 month checkup (only a month late!) then we trekked over to visit Gabby and fam. We hugged, we laughed, we ate Aunt Mandy's fantastic empanadas and (wonder of wonders!) managed to make it out before either of the kids had a meltdown.
But those two visits took half a day, and we're realizing that it's going to take forever to see everyone we want to see...
So, we're throwing a Welcome Home Jay party!
Please join us this Saturday (9/25) for a big ol' backyard bash, Foster-style. The gathering will start around 4:00 and continue until we're celebrated out (or until the mosquitoes eat us alive - whichever comes first). We'll grill hot dogs and load up the crock pot with baked beans. To round out the meal, please bring a snack, side, drink, or sweet treat to share. There will be a yard full of toys for kids of all ages, but you might want to bring your own lawn chair. But no gifts, please!
Yes, we realize that by putting this out on the blog, we could have a really big crowd. And that's the idea! Seriously, we have been so overwhelmed by the generosity and prayers by so many of you. And we really do want to see you, hug you, and thank you for being a part of this difficult journey we've been on. We really mean all of you--friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone else who wants to come. Don't know where we live? Email me. So that we know how many hotdogs to get, let us know you are coming--email, comment on the blog, facebook, or whatever works best for you.
So, please come as we celebrate life and finally returning home.