We have had a lot to celebrate this month, so I’m going to start at the end and work my way backwards.
First of all, this past weekend we traveled down to Auburn (my college town) for the wedding of one of my closest childhood friends. Our moms are best friends and we grew up together (he is 3 months older than me and came to see me in the hospital when I was born), and it was such a joy to be there for their wedding day and get to play a part in it. (Fun fact: he married my mom’s college roommate’s daughter–how is that for a small world?)
It was a busy weekend and we all came home on Sunday absolutely exhausted, always a sign of a good weekend. Evelyn was a trooper all weekend though; and despite not getting nearly as much sleep as she should have, she kept a smile on her face most of the weekend (it helps that she also got to spend most of the weekend hanging out with her grandparents). The wedding was beautiful and fun; we got to see a lot of friends, some of whom I rarely get to see; we ate some delicious food; and I learned a valuable lesson, which is to never sit up at the front of a church during a wedding without a tissue.
Backing up was my first Mother’s Day last weekend. Gerrit and Evelyn both made it absolutely wonderful–Evelyn just because she is a joy, and Gerrit because he took over Evelyn duties all day and I got to spend plenty of time doing whatever I wanted. I took advantage of that with plenty of time-wasting on the computer, some yoga, and a nap.
And backing up once more is the reason for this dessert: my mother-in-law’s birthday. We had the whole family over to our house for dinner and an evening of hanging out on the back porch and eating dessert.
There are a lot of things I appreciate about my mother-in-law, but very close to the top of the list is the fact that she is one of the only people I know who appreciates a good dessert as much as I do. Like me, she is never one to say no to chocolate, especially when it involves peanut butter (or nutella), and the richer the dessert, the better.
And boy was this one rich.