Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Our 4th of July

Russell and I left the girls for a very long hard week so he could help me coach my volleyball team at the volleyball festival in Phoenix. The last 2 years we have brought them with us, but this year with my due date being so close I thought (well everyone else thought, really) that it would be better for me and this baby to leave them at home so that I could rest when I wasn't coaching and stay out of the stifling heat and keep my ankles from swelling too much! It was a horrible idea. The girls did great with my parents, but I missed them sooo badly! I left them friday morning with my mom and didn't see them again until about midnight the following friday night (they of course were sleeping and Russell and I just watched for a couple of minutes). I slept on a futon next to them because I wanted to be right there when they woke up. Madylin woke up at like 6:45 (they usually don't get up until after 8) but I didn't care. She stood up and immediately walked to the edge of her pack 'n play to peek into Morgan's and see if she was awake. I whispered her name and she was startled at first, but then she smiled at me and wanted me to pick her up and she hugged me for a long time. Morgan looked up from her sleeping position and stared at me for a few seconds and then said "daddy?" (very typical of the daddy's girl). I took them in to see Russell and we enjoyed playing with them for a while. Man did we both miss them! So it was now the 4th of July and we stayed at my parents house for most of the day to swim and relax.
Here are the girls with Russell and my brother, Matt. My niece Sara and my nephew Kaleb swam with us too.
We decided to leave after dinner and the girls started acting kind of funny. Russell and I were packing up all their stuff and Matt and Kaleb were trying to get them interested in a video game, but they kept saying "go bye bye" and following us around with their shoes in hand. They followed us around the whole time we were packing up and when I brought out their full suitcase for Russell to put in the car, Morgan grabbed it and started pulling it out to the car. I told her it was too heavy, but she was determined. Madylin joined in. These girls were making sure that we were NOT leaving them again. It was pretty funny.
We went straight to Russell's Aunt Lynne's house to have homemade ice cream (tradition) and watch the fireworks. Morgan spent the whole time taking turns with Abby on this car. (Abby is Russell's cousin's daughter)
Here are Russell and Morgan watching fireworks. She wasn't that into them. She was being a social butterfly and kept lap hopping from one person to the next.
Here are Madylin and I. She stayed in my lap and watched pretty much the whole time, but didn't seem that impressed.
This picture really makes me want to work out, but oh well. Just a few more weeks and I will be able to! These are the wives of some of the cousins and we are all due within a couple of months time. These other girls are just glowing and beautiful and I look exhausted! (Well, I was to be honest) The picture is taken in order of when the babies are due to appear. Lisa in the black is due July 24th, then I'm due 3 weeks later, then Stacy is 3 weeks after me, and Jessica is just about 5 weeks behind Stacy. The first 3 of us are all expecting boys and Jessica is stubborn and won't find out (just kidding Jessica!) It should be fun the next couple of months with all the new babies in the family! (Not to mention, Russell's sister who is due 3 days after me!)
So that was our 4th. Uneventful, but we were just glad to be out of the Phoenix heat and back with our kids!


Jennifer Lomenick said...

Glad you are back with the girls. That is good to get away but even better to come. The first time away is always the hardest, trust me it does get easier and I LOVE going away to spend time with just Mark. Your bellies are so cute!

Jessica said...

you're nice to say we look like we were glowing...i forgot exactly what stacy said when she saw the picture but i think she said she tought she looked "tore up" i felt not super cute, lisa is always photogenic and you look great! I can't believe how close we all are to having our babies! This big family is about to get a lot bigger!!!! I'm glad you survived your week without the girls, i don't know how you did it. I keep saying if she can do a week i can do 3 days-doesn't make it much easier but to know you survived helps :) The girls looked so cute on the 4th in their jean skirts! p.s. i loved sharing a row with all of us family in church but your girls are so well behaved in church i feel bad having riley be so rambunxious (spelling?!) right next to them, i think i'll have to sit her on the end so she doesn't end up making them mis-behave!

Olson Family said...

LOVE the pictures! You look great and I can't believe you are almost ready to have your third child! ~yikes!!! Did you pick a name yet? good luck with the next few weeks, stay cool...and I'll talk to you later.

BNN said...

Always harder to leave them the first time. The next time might as well, but after that you will love the break away, it makes coming home to them that much better.

Jensine Kinser said...

I love the pictures. I can't imagine leaving the boys for a week, but I have to say the consistent sleep would be nice. Well, except that your pregnant :) I think it's so cute the girls were determined you don't leave without them. I can't believe how close all you pregnant girls are--that must be fun in some ways. Good luck with the last little bit!