Monday, June 1, 2009

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

All in all, what a great weekend! Eric (Ben's brother) and Laura got married on Saturday and it was so beautiful and perfect. He could not have picked a more awesome person to spend his life with. I just love her and am so glad she is now officially family. Oh, and Eric is a pretty great guy, too : ) Friday night, Cathy and Bill (Ben's parents) hosted a dinner party at their house for Eric and Laura. It was absolutely beautiful and everyone had so much fun! I guess you're wondering where the 'Bad' and the 'Ugly' come in. Well, while we were at the party on Friday night, Riley managed to pick up a candle from the coffee table and pour all of the hot wax all over the side of her face and down her chest (she was wearing a little spaghetti strap shirt). I turned around just in time to see her pick it up and spill it before I could get to her. I totally freaked out! At that moment in time, all I could think about is that my child is scarred for life. I know, I know, you're thinking "but candle wax may be hot enough to hurt for a second, but it doesn't do that much damage". Well, I know that, but at that exact moment, I wasn't thinking straight. Anyway, it was crazy and put a damper on the night because we were all freaked out. I went with my parents back to my house (only one street away) and put Riley to bed, then went back to the party. Riley is fine now except for a small burn on her chest. It's not bad at all, though. Ben would say that I should've seen those candles there and recognized the danger. Looking back, I think I just wasn't concerned about anything because Riley is at Nana's house all of the time and it's usually a 'safe zone'. I didn't even notice the candles. I have to mention that there was a sweet nurse at the party who very calmly told me it would be OK and really made me feel better right away. Thank you, Heather! All I have to say is that, if Riley lives to be an adult, it will be a miracle. It seems something is always happening. Do any other of you mothers feel that way?!

The wedding was perfect on Saturday and went off without a hitch. Laura was a beautiful bride and Eric a handsome groom. It was an awesome day with family and friends!! Laura's family is so sweet and I hope we get many opportunities to all hang out. Riley wore an absolutely gorgeous dress that her Gran (my mom) made and she looked precious, as always. (More pictures to come, I promise!)

On to Sunday... Ben went golfing with his dad at Farm Links, which is an all day outing for two reasons - it is a bit of a drive, and it costs $150 to play as many holes as you want, so they always play 36. Riley and I headed off to Target that morning and had a great time. She loves saying "hi" to everyone and makes sure she says it loud enough that they notice her : ) She also has started saying "I'm Riley!" She actually said it to the check out lady. It's so cute!! Well, on our way home - around 11:30 - I had a flat tire. I was riding down the road and, all of a sudden, my truck was pulling hard to one side and I couldn't keep it straight. I pulled off onto the side of the road and the tire was FLAT! Luckily, we weren't far from home - only about half a mile from the subdivision. We are also lucky that Bill and Cathy didn't go to church this Sunday. They were just so worn out from the wedding weekend. So, I called Bill and he came to our rescue. It turned out to be such an ordeal. He was able to pump up the tire enough to get it to his house. He took the tire off and went to get it fixed, but couldn't find anyone available to fix it. So, he came back and decided he would just put the spare on so that we could get it fixed this morning, but he found that none of the tools to get to the spare tire were there. Seriously! He took me and Riley home and said he would do something to get it driveable. Well, after about 3 hours of working on all of this, a neighbor helped him figure out how to get the spare tire from under the truck and put on using other tools. I know it's really not that bad of a situation, but I just felt bad that Bill had to work on it all that time after we were all so tired from the weekend. It's fixed now, so hopefully we're good to go and that was my last flat for another 5 years or so. I think the last time I had one was 5 years ago when Cathy and I were out at a concert. I'll save the details, but I know Cathy (and my dad, for that matter) will remember : )

Riley and I really did have a lot of good Mommy/Daughter time together yesterday despite the tire ordeal. She is just so much fun and I love spending as much time as possible with her.