The first weekend of October was full of family visits and fun. The kids and I headed north Saturday morning to spend a few hours with Mimi. Her birthday was earlier in the week and she didn't know that we had arranged a little surprise birthday gathering with my siblings and their families. We arrived at her house and started playing. When everyone else arrived. I went outside to "get something I forgot in the car" and came back in with Nicky, Ken, Logan, and John in tow. She appreciated the surprise and was happy to have our company to keep her mind off the marathon she was running the next day.
After Mimi's surprise, we continued our journey north to spend the night at Nicky and Ken's. We ate a little dinner and got ready for bed then Dad and Susan arrived. They were staying there after the sale of their old home while waiting to close on their new place. I tried to settle Andrew into his own room, but after I left him to get Olivia to bed, he got up and asked Papa John and Maga Suzi if he could come in their room. So Andrew ended up spending the night with them.
We were all up fairly early in preparation of Logan's baptism on Sunday. Olivia and Andrew splashed around in the tub together (this was exciting for them since we only have a shower at our house and they have to use the baby tub.). I have the honor of being Logan's godmother and was excited to participate in the ceremony. Of course the timing worked out just perfect that Olivia was ready to nurse during the ceremony and Maga Suzi did her best to try to keep her calm so I wouldn't miss out on anything.
Another special aspect of the day was that Logan's birth parents joined us. I wasn't sure what it would be like or feel like meeting them. They were very friendly and it was obvious that they love Logan very much and were happy to be included in such a special occasion. It was nice to see that it felt comfortable having them there, mingling with the rest of the family.
Andrew had a blast running around and playing with everyone as usual. Olivia was excited to play with (scream at/pull hair/touch face of) my cousin's daughter, Tera, who is about six months older but not much bigger than Olivia. They seemed to have a good time.
After all the excitement, we set out for home early in the evening. Olivia was so worn out that she slept pretty much the whole way home and all through the night. Andrew slept part of the way and fell right to sleep once we got home. It was a very busy weekend, but I'm happy we are able to spend so much time with our extended family.