Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Grandparent Takeover

Over the weekend, some dear friends of ours got hitched in a small town in Illinois.  Travis and I were honored to be asked to be in the wedding party.  It all came together beautifully when YaYa and Papa volunteered to keep the girls so that we could travel a significant distance to participate in the wedding.
 I'd never left the girls for that long so I went into preparation overdrive; neurotically organizing, labeling, texting my mother-in-law friendly reminders, and drafting an 11 page instruction manual.  I know, I know.  I've probably earned some sort of formal diagnosis in disclosing that much, BUT...
 Once all that was taken care of, Travis and I hopped on the next flight out of town and let our hair down while Papa and YaYa tended to the daily routine of meals, baths, therapy, and gymnastics.
 We knew we'd left the girls in good hands and that they would have tons of fun with Travis' parents.
 We knew they'd receive plenty of love and attention...
 ...and that there would be no disruption in the M&M distribution either.  YaYa is liberal with the M&M's!  Merryn also learned a new word: Nutter Butter!  Isn't that what grandparents are for?!
 Speaking of grandparents, Mama Hop recently got an iPhone and her text correspondences have been downright eligible for the "Crazy Things Parents Text" website.  Like this doozy I received while I was away...
Little did we know that back on the home front, YaYa and Papa were entertaining the girls by showing them Miley Cyrus' VMA performance on repeat.  Within 24 hours of receiving that text from my mother warning ME not to get my twerk on at the wedding, I got a questionable little video of our beloved "Thelma" doing just that!
Oh that child!  I don't know what we're going to do with her.  Papa's got a couple of ideas...

 Overall, the weekend was a huge success.  We all emerged completely exhausted and enormously grateful for each other. 
A million thanks to YaYa and Papa for taking over this nutty nest of taxing toddlers.  They did a fantastic job!
A big congratulations to Curt and Marie - here's to a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness.  Thanks for inviting us to be a part of your special day!


  1. Bwahahahaha! I really hope that was just a moment caught on tape and NOT an actual twerk mimic! Lol And I had no clue what twerking was until I had to be an idiot and look it up because I didn't know what all the news was about. My mother has had texting on her cell for YEARS now and she sends the DUMBEST stuff. It's hilarious. Of course, she just turned 75. Maybe I should excuse her. :) All my kids know is that when they go to Mamaw and Papaw's house, they get chocolate milk, cocoa gravy and biscuits for breakfast, and candy throughout the day. Ughhhhh. Lol
    PS - I have always labeled outfits for my kids and written instructions (although never a manual, love it), which my mom always ignores and wings it! haha

  2. I think the written instructions are great, labeling the outfits might be a bit over the top!! LOL

  3. You and your details, you're a but! I still love you though!

  4. The labeled outfits made me snort laugh! Glad you had fun!

  5. Didn't you once leave written instructions for Mama Hop that she used as a scratch paper? Looks like it was a good weekend for all. : )