January 8, 2018
Just when you thought the Florida Christmas postings were over . . . they’re not! I have just one more Florida story to share.
On the second day of our visit, Meagan and Nathan hosted their family’s weekly dinner. After we had all enjoyed a tasty spaghetti dinner, Meagan said she had put together a Secret Santa (also called Dirty Santa) game, mainly for the kids since they love unwrapping presents so much.
Although I am aware that the Hawley family does most things in a wonderfully spirited fashion, this particular edition of the Secret Santa game seemed unusual in that it was getting more and more intense as the moments went by. That struck me as a little odd since Meagan had mentioned that all the gifts were just fun, token items and nothing to get too excited about.
When the time finally came to stop the swapping and launch into the opening, the children opened their gifts first, followed by Meagan and her sisters, their husbands, and Sarah. And then, with a little extra zing reverberating in the already electrified atmosphere, Frank and Sheri and Steve and I were invited to open our gifts which had made their circuitous way to our laps.
When we had all removed the wrapping paper, what to our wondering eyes should appear but matching t-shirts! I stared at my shirt in some bewilderment because I was seeing the word “grandchildren” written on the shirt along with the number “3.” Since we only have two grandchildren, I was in the midst of wondering how Nathan and Meagan could have made such a big mistake on our Christmas present when it suddenly dawned on me: Meagan is pregnant!
As you can imagine, when the news finally sank in there were whoops, laughter, tears, shouts, hugs and generalized hilarious rejoicings.
As it turns out, the Non Senior Adult People (Meagan’s sisters and brothers-in-law) had all been in on the plot. They had been diligently working to make sure that certain presents were passed along to certain people so that when all the swapping came to an end, the four matching t-shirts would end up with the appropriate person and have the appropriate number of grandchildren written on each one. So that explained all the super-charged intensity in the atmosphere.
Of course, we Senior Smawleys (Smawley is our nickname for the blending of the Smiths and Hawleys) had to immediately model the newest additions to our wardrobes that announced the newest addition to our families.
We posed with the two amazing people who keep on presenting us with even more amazing (little) people.
Frank and Sheri recently found out their oldest daughter is also expecting a child–her first! So this year, they are going from six grandchildren to eight.
This particular pregnancy announcement was extra, extra special because it was the first pregnancy that Nathan and Meagan got to tell us about in person. It was also the first pregnancy announcement where all four grandparents were in the same room. A magnificent moment, indeed.
Meagan is such a beautiful pregnant lady and Sheri and I are certainly two proud mamas! (By the way, she is due August 4.)
Smiling Smawley Men were everywhere!
Congrats were everywhere, too!
Here are the Grinning Grandmas. (Sounds like a singing group.)
In these next two pictures, the Male Smiling Senior Smawleys were discussing whether they should suck in their stomachs or not . . .
which caused the Female Smiling Senior Smawleys to engage in a good bit of giggling.
We eventually settled down and got an official Smiling Senior Smawley Grandparent Picture.
I posted this picture in an earlier post but wasn’t able to share the context with you. Now I can tell you that the picture was taken shortly after we had heard the news. Our girl will be Aunt Sarah three times over!
This is the picture Meagan posted this morning on her Facebook announcement.
Her caption said:
This is how they wanted to tell about their new baby. They are fascinated that it is growing in mommy’s belly. They love to talk to it and ask everyday when it is coming out.
(By the way, even though the post title references Senior Smawleys, I couldn’t use a picture of the four Seniors as the featured photo at the top of the page since the t-shirts would have given away the news. So that’s why the Junior Smawley pictured was recycled from another post and shared instead.)
Here is a little bonus: a video of The Very Moment!
So from ALL the Smiling Smawleys to you–there’s your dose of good news for the day!
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.