This is the last night at my folk's house before leaving for the airport in the morning. It is likely really, truly the last night at this house as they have their home on the market and, hopefully, it will sell fairly soon. I haven't live in this house for too much of my life. We moved here right before my junior year of high school and then I moved back home briefly after a year away before moving out for good. I'm really going to miss this house, though. I will likely never come back to this town, which is odd for me to feel sad about considering how much I've always hated it. But it's familiar and there is history and plenty of memories here.
Today my sister hosted the most amazing bridal shower for me at her family's house. I always struggle a little being the center of attention (and being plunked down on a blanket in the middle of a circle of chairs to open the gifts didn't do much to ease my anxiety!) but it was so fantastic to have such a fun party to celebrate the upcoming wedding. I get to see my extended family so infrequently that it's a real treat to spend time together when we get the chance. My sister requested that all of the guests send her a favorite recipe on a card and she assembled them in to a binder as a surprise for me. It is so neat to read through the binder and see all of the names of my family and friends and different favorite recipes. Of course, the most special has got to be my grandmother's special sugar cookies. I love them more than life itself and I can't believe I have a copy of this recipe now. Surely they won't be the same when they aren't made by my grandmother's hands, but maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll get good enough at making them that they will become a favorite of my children and grandchildren.
Needless to say, there are a lot of emotions and nostalgia floating around us while we wrap up our visit and prepare to head back to Seattle and in to full-fledged wedding planning mode. I can't believe it's only two months away now. I was talking to my sister about this today after the shower was over-- she put literally months and months of work and planning in to the shower and then *poof!* it's all done! Just like that. Now we have the beloved memories, the pictures and stories of the special day-- much like we will have after the wedding is over. I can't imagine that in two short months all of this planning and work and the big day will be behind us. Then what? We go back to the normal work of maintaining a beautiful relationship and family, just as we've always done. Only now, married!