It's not that I don't throw these words around. Because I do. Whether it's a way to get my daughter to try something new at dinner or explaining to a friend just why a recent sale at Target was such a big deal, I am guilty.
It's reached a point that hearing these words so often has prompted me to feature those things that I love. It may be my family (which as y'all know are the brightest lights in my life) or it maybe a game. It could be a pair of sensible children's shoes or the most impractical silk dress I grabbed from the "not quite on sale" rack from Neiman Marcus.
Either way, I figure if these words are to be used as often as they are, they should be backed up with something pretty darn special and worth sharing. Words shouldn't be used and thrown away casually like they're tissues after all. Right?
So let's get things started.
Why I Love...Visits From My Parents
Because every night is game night-filled with huge laughs, delectable finger foods, and high spirits.
The wee one always gets a moment to read instead of being bothered by people telling him how precious he is and trying to devour him whole.
Eldest gets to cook with her Mimi. This makes her very happy-especially when pancakes are on the menu. Because everyone
And everyone loves Mimi's red beans and rice with cornbread. You can't be a native of New Orleans and not know how to prepare this savory southern dish. Thank you Mother for making the absolute best red beans and rice this side and that side of the Mississippi.
It may be the one time I'm selfish with a family recipe. But it is so good and so special, I just want to keep it between our family chefs.
The cornbread recipe, however, I'll be happy to share. It's simple and super delicious.
Eldest always gets to choose her piece first and uses it to clean her plate.
The wee one may have helped to eat a little rice and gravy-sans beans. He is a southern boy at heart after all, and loves his hearty meals. And did I mention that with my parents visits comes a multitude of newspapers?
Our wee one tried to get into the sad story of Michael Jackson's passing, but in the end preferred to snuggle the morning away with his Daddy.
I can't say I wouldn't want to do the same.
But why I absolutely love about my parents visits, is this...
A repeat image from yesterday, but it sums up why their visits are so precious to me. They love my children and cherish every moment with our entire family of four. They have generosity in their hearts that knows no bounds and always find a way to show it. We have so much fun together. Our home is a never ending hive of activity when they're here. It definitely makes good-bye's difficult, but there's always the anticipation of their next visit.
And since their next visit may be to our new homestead in Tokyo, that should make for an exciting time with even more things to love. Something to look forward to indeed.
Now tell me...what are you loving today and why?