It's a rainy day today in West Palm Beach.
We spent the morning out by my mother in laws pool, the boys playing around, splashing and giggling all around. They grew restless fast, craving the dragon sprinklers, and kiddie pool that is within walking distance down my mother in laws street. She lives in a stunning gated community that hosts a beautiful clubhouse with a kids zone area, outdoor tarp covered play area, and near the main pool and hot tub, in it's own gated section is a kids area, with a kiddie pool, and at least 10 different sprinkler sprouts for them to run and giggle through. Suffice to say, as the afternoon worn on, and our shoulders grew pinker, the gaze out onto the lake just beyond the pool, it was quiet a relaxing day.
We headed back a short time later for some lunch and to wait for my sister in law to arrive to spend the afternoon and a sort of mom/daughter slumber party. A last fling you could say, between a mother and a daughter, who has the closest relationship with one another that I've ever witnessed between mother and daughter.
My sister in law arrived just glowing excited for what's now just less then 6days away. Her long mid back length jet black hair shining, a beautiful new piece of jewelry as a wedding gift from her husband to be was worn around her neck. A remarkable necklace, a beautiful heart filled with stunning and bold diamonds. The color of the necklace an interesting color, I think she said it is called Rose Gold. A wonderful thoughtful gift, that her husband, while at their jeweler this past Sunday to pick out what jewelry she'll be borrowing (from their jeweler) for her wedding, he leaned over and whispered, "would you like an early wedding present?" He is a perfect fit for her, as she is for him.
I am very happy that she has found her surfing Prince charming. A classy, refined and also laid back and sound gentleman.
Later on that evening, our Nana and Poppy came over for dinner, and we sat in their breakfast area dining on deliciously grilled Lamb chops and Salmon, cucumber salad and corn on the cob, and for dessert, chocolate and red velvet cake. Glasses of wine were sipped later on outside as we all sat in their salt water hot tub as the sun was hidden, the moon out deep, and the stars masked as a sign that rain will be near us tomorrow.
Wednesday today was a relaxing day as well. My mother in laws sister, our dear Aunt Eli drove up from a town south of here called Coral Gables. She arrived about 6:30am this morning, and we sat in their family room sipping coffee and noshing on a bagels and fresh picked strawberries.
My mother in law and sister in law left to go have facials and to have another run of the brides hair before the big day this Sunday. So BDD and I with our boys, along with our Aunt Eli, walked to the gated kids pool so the boys could run around slash and wear themselves out.
Rain has fallen on and off all day, but it brings back memories of when we lived here, the afternoon showers, so dark and quick, the clouds rolling in faster then you could pick up your pool equipment. But over just as fast, with a lot of rumbles and thunders and the boys sleeping peacefully through it all, as the rain pellets deepen the pool, they lay tucked in their own beds in my mother in laws home.
My father in law has been holed up in his office working, and as hard as it is for our boys to be quiet, I have to say they are doing quite well. It's never easy when you're in someones home, especially when you have children. I only wish we could have just a bit more quiet time, the two of us, husband and wife alone. Soon enough.
Tonight BDD's former step sister (LONG STORY: BDD's mom divorced his real dad when he was around 5. She then married again and the man she married had a daughter..They divorced and my mother in law remarried later on, for a few short months up until she found out the man was in serious trouble with the IRS. Another divorce and luckily she found her true Prince Charming, and married her now husband, my father in law, and he has two children, a son and a daughter, one eats kosher, and the daughter, kosher too, is very very orthodox jew. These children came from his first wife, and my mother in law is his second wife.phew!!) is coming over with her son, Dylan to see all of us, and to hang out for a bit. Later on this evening, my father in laws son will be arriving from up in Gainesville Florida to stay here until next week, naturally because of the wedding of his step sister this Sunday. His sister and her boyfriend will be arriving this Friday, and we'll sit down, together for Shabbats after sundown this Friday evening. I need to brush up on my Hebrew I think!!
So, needless to say, since arriving at my mother in laws, it's been very busy. BDD and I laugh because we'll need a holiday to get over this holiday of visiting her, him, and them, their, theirs and hers again with a bit of a step this and step that in there too!!
So that's it for my days, if you wanna scroll down to read about a rant, feel free to do so. It's just below.
On a side note rant random, something that I don't understand;
one: Why am I never heard?
Two: How do you give gifts? Do you give them graciously and if you get a thank you card that's wonderful? Do you gift with expecting back? Or, do you give and take back?
Three: When is it enough? When will we be "old enough" to do what we want to do for ourselves?
Here's what I think the problem is: it'll never be good enough, and to never expect that a gift will be just a gift is a foolish thought for someone naive like me. But for that, I'd rather just say to anyone that plans on giving a gift to later plan on holding it over your head, or to say, I'll take it back, well then, I'd just rather "gift" the gift back to you. It's not worth the headache, and quite frankly, it's not considered a giving gift if you ask for it back.
After changing our game plan, and rearranging our vacation, giving more time to those that request it, why then can't we, if we are thinking of our boys, arrive early at the hotel for this wedding weekend? I'd rather have rested and eased into day little sons, then frenetic schlepp here and there crazy ones.
But then again, I'm not heard.
And I'm naive.
I tried though.
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I'm all good! Like I said, we'll have a "Holiday" to settle from this one. :)
This post goes to publish as the rain falls and plink plunks the Buddhas out at the pool, singing their own zen song of happiness and gratitude.