Friday, July 25, 2008

Cool morning, lot's of family

Good afternoon friends and family,

OK, one more picture of Thing 1 and Thing 2. I just can't resist because they look outstanding.

Before we headed out of town, my cousin Karen and her daughter Lauren came by to see the twins and spend some time hanging out. It's been a while since we seen each other and it was good to catch up with her and get to know Lauren. As soon as i opened the door, Lauren said, "hello, can I hold the baby?!" She was very cute and we all sat on the couch and past the twins back and forth. Here's Easton giving them cute giggles and laughs so they will keep making silly faces back at him:

Before leaving we managed to pack our entire house along with the kitchen sink into the Pilot. I had no idea it took this much stuff to raise babies, but there it is... one month worth of supplies for a trip to Ca:

We made it safely to California and the 12 hour drive turned out to be tiring and safe. Easton slept the entire time and Layla was... uh... we'll call it "strong willed". She had a 5 hour stretch of solid sleep, but spent the rest of the time making funny groaning noises and crying once in a while. Here they are... Easton and Layla on their first inter-state journey:

I think we ended up covering about 660 miles and traveling at night was a very good idea. It only took us about 30 minutes to completely cover GG's house with baby toys and chairs and clothes. She is so sweet to let us invade her house and take it over like this.

Yesterday, Kendra's brother, Casey, came home from work and was excited to meet Easton and Layla to fulfill his "uncle" role. Layla was amazed by how big of a guy he is and that long beard.

Casey invited me to go to the river so I took the opportunity to have some fun and get a tan. We ended up doing some cliff jumping into the American river! I jumped off a rock 45 feet above the water and screamed like a little girl all the way down... both times I jumped... :) Casey is a riot to be around and had me laughing the whole time.

We went out to dinner at Mimi's cafe to celebrate Opa's 53rd birthday. Yeah, i know... i can't believe he is 53 either! He certainly looks and acts much younger. I'm not sure how it turned out that Oma and Opa fed Easton and Layla during dinner, but they were more than happy to take care of business while we ate.

After dinner we came back to GG's house and sat out on the back porch where we talked and hung out until bed time. The cool delta breeze felt odd because I'm used to the summer in phoenix where any wind or breeze feels like a hair dryer. Not exactly refreshing. Overnight low was 56 degrees and we are loving the opportunity to be outside. this morning we packed the twins into the chariot stroller and walked the few blocks into town for Starbucks. We made a stop into the local drug store to buy earplugs on the way home. Now that the twins are sleeping in their pack-n-plays right next to us, every little grunt and flop they make wakes us up and Kendra can no longer lean over and switch off the baby monitor to regain quietness in the bedroom! Other than that, everything about the trip and our stay is working out magically.

One last picture from yesterday before I head off to Oma and Opa's for dinner... As I was looking over the past few months of blogs, I noticed there were very few of the twins out of their clothes. that makes it hard to see exactly how cute and chubby they are when we constantly have their pictures in striped onesies... Anyway, here they are in their natural state (along with the diapers of course):

Good night! Tomorrow I'll post the video of Layla splashing, which makes me laugh every time I see it.


Dustin & Michaela said...

We're glad to hear that you guys made it in safe and sound...let us know if you think you'll have any free time while you're here, as we'd love to get Landon together with the twins for some "baby fun"!

Enjoy your trip!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bronson!
So glad to hear about your trip adventure and how you made it safely. I'm glad you got to see Karen and Lauren. It is great that uncle Casey is able to see and be with the twins! Keep the blog updated in between the family gatherings.
Love ya gobs,