The morning began with Jesse and I tiptoeing around in the nursery trying to avoid waking our out of town guests. Once all were awake, Jesse and I fixed a mountain of pancakes and bacon and we reminisced about college experiences with our friends over breakfast. My old roommate is one of those few friends that I can go a long time without seeing and instantly pick up exactly where we left off. Our company left just before noon.
It was such a late night last night for Jesse, Jackson, and I; we were all ready to crash. The three of us took a much needed nap this afternoon before driving to Jason and Chrissy's for a Father's Day dinner. I've been wanting to get a picture of all the Harwood boys for over a month, and I finally gathered them all on the front porch this evening. I felt so much like my mother making everyone pose and taking numerous pictures as the cousins squirmed and fussed. This was the best photo of the bunch:
Today would have been Mom's 62nd birthday. Tomorrow is Father's Day. I am missing my parents something awful. Not the resentful, melodramatic sobfest that took place on Mother's Day. More like a bittersweet, contemplative kind of feeling. Jesse's mom was holding Jackson tonight and his dad was kneeling on the floor singing to Jackson. It was the sweetest thing ever and I got teary eyed thinking of my father singing remixes of Hank Williams songs. I love watching my father-in-law interact with Jackson. That's one of the main reasons I want Jesse to teach next year so Jackson will be able to spend each day with his grandfather. I never knew my grandfathers and obviously Jackson only has one living grandfather so I really want Jackson to be close with his PaPa!
Here it is after midnight and I am once again wide awake. I've got to stop taking naps and start going to bed early. Just when I fall asleep Jackson is going to be ready for his middle of the night feeding. I think I'm too anxious thinking of how to make Jesse's first Father's Day perfect. At this rate, I don't know that I'm even going to be able to get up to fix him breakfast. Time for bed!