We had a busy few days last weekend, with visitors Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! It was lots of fun, though :).
Ashley and her fiance Paul came over on Sunday afternoon and evening, and we had a good time talking, eating, etc. We even watched a few Square One clips for fun :).
I helped Ashley hem her bridesmaid dress for a wedding she will be in next month. What a nice problem to have - a dress that is too long! One (of many) reasons that it worked best to make my bridesmaid dress for Lydia's wedding was the simple reason that most ready-made dresses wouldn't fall floor-length on me, especially with those heels ;). Ah well. I still think height has its advantages.
As I've mentioned a few times, I am slowly trying to improve myself a bit on chess (read "stand a fighting chance in a game against an 8 year old"). I originally learned how to play chess when I was about 8 or 9, and spent little time improving my skills with the game. Last fall, though, I started playing a bit of chess again, after many years of inactivity. Our friends had learned to play chess, and I found it slightly humiliating to be put in stalemate by the 5 year old (a smart 5 year old, mind you!). After being soundly beaten by her older sisters (I did win one game, actually. . . ), I decided it was finally time for me to at least become proficient in chess. Okay, proficiency is probably quite a while off, but it's gettting better. . . very slowly.
Anyway, it turns out that Paul is very good in chess, so Hannah and I coerced him into some lessons while he and Ashley were here. I've decided that Paul is an amazingly patient person. You picked a great guy, Ashley :). Not only did Paul manage to (almost successfully) hide his disbelief when answering some of my rather obvious questions, but he didn't seem to mind all that much when I questioned his every move with, so why did you do that? He also just shrugged off the nicknames for chess pieces that Hannah and I came up with: steeple, flower, seal, horsie, castle, and peg :-D. Hehe. It was actually no fun to play with those names since he didn't even mind :(.
Ashley, who isn't much into chess ;), decided to "help me out" during the game, and put my extra pieces back on the board, securing checkmate. Hehe. Then she did the same for Paul. That's my kind of girl. She knows how to make chess fun :).