As was mentioned before, back in December, we had a plan for Dorrie’s grandpa and uncle (my dad and brother) to pay a visit around the holidays, but those plans were scuttled on account of flu. Luckily, the airline was understanding and willing to let them reschedule to a different flight, so instead, they came out to visit in January. And we have proof!
It also happened that this was my birthday present weekend: for my birthday, instead of a physical present, Mom and Grammy stayed the whole weekend to watch Dorrie, and I got to go off and do whatever I wanted.
All in all, I had a very good time during their visit. I briefly debated whether I wanted to have my birthday weekend coincide with their visit or not — after all, I would get to go out with them to dinner, brunch, etc. whether I was still “on duty” or not, so I could maximize my overall free time if I had my birthday weekend be on a different weekend. But then I realized that spending time with my family — which I otherwise never get to do, since I can’t exactly go out to visit them right now, and it’s a long way for them to go to visit me knowing much of my time is going to get taken up watching Dorrie — would actually be a really nice way to spend my weekend off. So Saturday night, we went to our favorite Irish Restaurant & Pub, The Peddler’s Daughter (and nearly got the rental car towed on account of not seeing the oddly placed “Reserved parking” sign in a lot a block away); and on Sunday morning we went to Michael Timothy’s for a medium-to-upscale brunch. I only wish we had had more time, and that we could do this kind of thing more often.
On an unrelated note, we have also been more proactive about making sure Dorrie gets more stander time. Our Monday-and-Wednesday nurse in particular has been wanting to get involved, so now she and I always put Dorrie in her stander in the afternoon while I’m working (I stop to help get her in and out, and she makes sure Dorrie stays entertained in the time between).
(Even though it wasn’t related to the family visit story, it was such a cute picture I wanted to share it anyway!)