Long Weekend in J-Town

If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter you already know that we made the 6 hour trek to Jamestown this weekend. It doesn’t take much of an excuse to get a few Shannons together but rarely can we all be together at once. This weekend was one of those times. We smashed together Patrick and Grandma Shannon’s birthday celebrations into one party, and boy was there cake. I think this may be the longest running birthday celebration ever. Patrick has been opening gifts since the beginning of October and I think he is going to be quite remiss to find out that his 5-year-old birthday celebrations have come to an end. At least they ended with a bang. He loved having 13 people singing Happy Birthday to him.

Between overeating cake and indulgent food we managed to squeeze in a lot of fun. The highlight for the boys was playing in the leaves with Grandma S and bouncing off all the sugar they ate in cousin Zeke and Zach’s bouncy house.

More on the leaf fights, apple picking and cake eating tomorrow. For now…. I want to tell you about my new favorite pint-sized witch!

The highlight for Elise (and if I am going to be completely honest) me, was when I loaded up Elise in the van and the two of us drove over to the house of one of my best friends. Ben and Carmen live maybe 5 minutes away from Christine and there was no way I could be that close to my dear friend and not sneak away to see her. Christine lives not even a block from where we met at Jamestown College and we have been friends ever since. We were both in Concert Choir together and I worshiped her while I watched with envy of her talent when she was on stage. It took her graduating from College for me to get a role with a solo in the fall musical. She is talented and funny but let me tell you this…. her daughter Gracie Marie steals the show. Gracie is four months older than Elise which means Christine and I were pregnant together. It was no secret that I wanted a girl the third time around but when I found out the Christine was having a girl, I needed Elise to be a girl. Gracie and Elise are destined to be BFFs. They are already pen pals and after their play date this past weekend I think their fate has been set in stone.

Christine had everything ready for a great time by buying all the purple paint and glitter she could find and the girls went to town glitter bombing pumpkins.

Elise doesn’t talk much. She talks to so little that her pediatrician recommended that we take her to a speech therapist for a screening. In the two hours we were at Christine’s house Elise started speaking 7 new words. Who needs an ST when you have a BFF like Gracie.

They danced and played and dressed up and ran and screamed. Gracie was excited to share all her toys and Elise was excited to play with a girl who loves to wear a witch hat.

Here they are searching through the accessory box for matching shoes.

Found them!

And like all good moms when we were ready to get down to business (in this case visit and catch up on each other’s latest gossip) we juiced and snacked the kids and turned on the TV.

I am not even sure if the girls looked at the TV, they were both too excited to be around each other that they just chased each other screaming.

It was so fun to see Elise being a little girl with another little girl and catching up with one of my bffs was the “glitter on the purple painted pumpkin” for me. All we were missing was Jess. Good thing this weekend is Girl’s Weekend for me in Fargo. I can’t wait.

3 thoughts on “Long Weekend in J-Town

  1. Christine

    What a nice tribute to us! It was great to see you. Can’t wait to see you next weekend when we can ge tdown to serious girl weekend business!

  2. Jess

    I seriously can’t get over seeing mini-me’s of my BFFs side by side; it is just so cool. Okay,I have to quite grinning and get back to work.

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