This past week was quite the refresher, since sister Jenny and her hubby Eric came in from Virginia/D.C./you-know AND the sister-in-law and two sweet nieces were in town as well! Caleb and I considered it a "stay-cation" (I kind of hate that term) and, though our week was slightly crazy with driving all over the place/spending the night at my parents' in the middle of the week, it was seriously a wonderful break from the norm. Here are some highlights...
Lydia got to hold Baby Alice (she loved doing this, even though -- due to Alice's growth in fatness since their last visit -- Lydia can hardly hold Alice up).
And my parents threw their usually-annual 4th of July party... which is and was a blast! (<-- pun)
Alice thought two-flaggin' it was as good as it got. She also loves Emily.
Jennifer buuuut at this point in the evening Alice was asleep, so she didn't get to remember how much she loves Jennifer. (Note: this is Jennifer's attempt at "Smile like you're in Europe" smile. I don't know if it worked)
If you are wondering, little Pickle slept through the giant fireworks show without a peep (special treat for Caleb and I!).
And then we just hung out. And little Sophia (I still want to call her "Baby Soph") played "Wheel on da Bus" on Uncle Eric's phone 80% of the time. It's an addicting game, let me tell you.
-Alice is crawling (more to come on that).
-My sister got engaged!! The one who actually lives in Oklahoma. "We need pictures, Julie!" Oh, as it turns out, I am a terrible sister. I was sifting through my pictures from the week and have NONE of sister and fiance. I will fix that.
-My nieces are still in town and I can't wait to hang out with them some more.
-Summer tans are pretty nice.
-Favorite Lydia quote:
(Scenario: Lydia is jumping into the pool and her mom/Molly is trying to get her to close her mouth before jumping in to avoid water-swallowing)
Molly: Okay, close your mouth, don't smile, go!
Lydia: (jumps in, comes back up, and in a pitiful voice) Why can't I smiiiiile?
Because you shouldn't be happy, Lydia. That's why.
I can't wait until Alice can talk.