I mentioned earlier that we had William dedicated on March 15. We picked that date because Shannon, Chris's sister, who is William's godmother was already planning to visit us during her spring break. Chris's mom, Sheryl was able to join us for a long weekend too.
A quick note about the living arrangement: Sheryl and Shannon stayed in a hotel and my brother stayed with us in our apartment. After my brother and Sheryl left, Shannon did stay with us for three nights. It would have been quite crowded had we all attempted to stay together especially since we moved our bed into the living room a couple of weeks ago!
Sheryl came on Friday and stayed through Wednesday. Since both Chris and I had to work on Friday, she spent the afternoon biking through the city and over the Golden Gate Bridge. She came over in the early evening and played with William and then played with us after he went to sleep. We played games most evenings this week.
On Saturday, Chris and Mom went out for brunch and ran some errands before Shannon flew in. Sunday morning was the dedication (more to come on that soon!)
Sunday afternoon we headed to the park for bubbles and basketball. One of William's favorite things is watching and joining the guys on the basketball court. He even does the shooting stance!
Chris took Monday off and joined his mom and sister on a hike in Muir Woods. They did quite a long hike and had a really great day for it. They returned home late afternoon and rested. Sheryl took us all out for dinner. William doesn't frequent restaurants often and just wanted to explore everything. The owner was super friendly and available so she actually helped entertain him! Of course, William signed "all done" as soon as our food arrived.
On Tuesday, I took Shannon and William to the beach. From inside our apartment it looked warm and sunny, but the wind off the ocean was vicious. After just a few minutes of playing in the sand near the water, we had to move; we found a sand dune we could use as a shield from the wind which made it quite pleasant.
Shannon and Sheryl played with William while I made dinner and finished up work. Having extra hands is so helpful!
Wednesday morning we all had breakfast together and Shannon went to work with Chris. She had some projects to work on and wanted to see the studio he works in. Sheryl left for a few hours while William napped and I worked and then joined us for lunch before her flight back to Texas. During her visit we had an opportunities to spend some one-on-one time together while William played nearby. I really enjoyed that and so thankful she was able to come for the weekend and dedication.
Wednesday night, and again on Friday night Shannon babysat for us. On Wednesday night we had dinner with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time. It was a very enjoyable night for us and I hope Shannon enjoyed a little bit of downtime. Friday night, Chris took me out to dinner and then to the symphony where we heard pieces by Handel and Haydn. It was a lovely night out.
On Thursday, I came down with a cold and took off a day of work (ended up taking Friday off too). Shannon was a wonderful help with William while I napped and took it a little easier. Being sick while you have company is the worst time to be sick. I would have much rather just taken a vacation day and actually done something fun with my guest!
Chris took Friday off of of work and brought Shannon and William to the California Academy of Science. William loves the fish and getting to go twice in a week was pretty cool. He still walked around saying "ooh" and pointing to everything. I'm sure Shannon, the science teacher enjoyed it too; although having to keep an eye on a toddler doesn't give much time to take everything in!
Shannon left Saturday morning and now our home is empty and a little quiet. William misses our visitors and isn't quite sure why I'm the only one at home to play with him again. We had such a wonderful time with everyone and realize once again how blessed we are by our families.