Monday, September 22, 2008

A Lovely Life

The bassinet is set up, the baby clothes are washed, and my bag is packed. While there are still (and always will be) many items to complete on our to-do lists, all the essential pre-baby items have been checked off. We're about as ready as we can be for the life-altering arrival of Baby Hoffman.

I am so excited to meet this little person who enjoys late night in-utero dance sessions followed immediately by the hiccups, ice cream (we must be related), and kicking my ribs. But, I have to admit, I'm slightly terrified about the idea of becoming a parent. I love our life. I love traveling on a whim, fun nights out with friends, and I'm ferociously protective (and completely insatiable) when it comes to time with Ben. I know this new addition to our family will bring more joy than I can imagine, but I'm a little sad about saying goodbye to this sweet season in our lives.

We decided this weekend to live it up non-parent style and go out for a nice dinner just the two of us. We feasted on amazing food, unbelievable dessert (caramelized banana splits!), and wonderful conversation all while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the mountains. It was a perfect evening. When we got home, Charlie quickly assumed his favorite cuddling position - snuggled up to my belly. He's in for quite a shock when both my belly and our cuddling time are gone!

Saturday night we joined our favorite T-birds and Pink Ladies for an evening of 50s style fun. A local movie theatre was screening a Grease Sing-a-long complete with words printed on the screen. We started the evening off right with chocolate malts and french fries...

Since my wardrobe is somewhat limited these days, I focused instead on getting Ben "Greased up" for the evening. He was a little hesitant at first, but soon got into the spirit with lots of hair gel, tight jeans, and cards (I mean cigarettes!) rolled up in his shirt sleeve.

The movie was a blast. Everyone (yes, including Ben) sang their hearts out to "Summer Lovin'" and the crowd went wild when John Travolta first appeared on screen. It was quite possibly the most fun, and definitely the most interactive time I've ever had at the movies!

It was a great weekend full of the things I love about our life now, and preparing for the big-big-big changes coming our way very soon!