Well, about a week after we received our household goods, both my mom and my mother in law came to help us settle in. What a tremendous blessing they were!! (And are, of course.) At first I thought I wouldn't have enough things for them to do to keep them busy, but that was hardly the case once I started on my to-do list. Since we have such a small (and at that time very messy) house, they stayed at the Navy Lodge on the Naval Post Grad school, so every morning Kate would excitedly await their arrival. Oh how delighted she was when she saw the car pull into the drive! Then the real work would start. Both moms dove in with both feet. During the week they were here they emptied boxes, packed the storage shed, sorted china, cleaned, cleaned, cleaned, watched kids, ran errands, bought groceries, made dinner, ran to Wal-Mart, moved furniture, organized our HUGE bathroom/linen closet, did laundry, washed windows, lined cabinets with shelf paper, sorted books, babysat, went with both girls and me to the doctor, took us to dinner, sorted baby/kid clothes, and a ton of other large and small things. And all of these jobs they completed with a smile on their face and a request for more to do. It was phenemonal!
Oh, and I also let them out for a little fun too. We went to Fisherman's Wharf and saw the shops, otters, and sea lions. We even got to spend a little time at the beach--since I let them out for good behavior. :) I had no idea how much there was to accomplish and only after they came and began the sorting frenzy did I realize how much I would NEVER have accomplished without their help. Thank you thank you to the best two moms in the world! We SO appreciated your selflessness and servant's hearts while you were here. We miss you and can't wait for you to come back. (Though I promise there will be less work and more play next time.)