The 4 Webbs are back safe and sound in our humble abode. We arrived yesterday at 4:00 AM after driving through the night and everything went smooth. Nothing like In-N-Out burger at midnight to get us through the last few hours of driving. There were massive lightening storms off in the distance as we drove, but by the time we arrived in Phoenix it was calm and dry.
We spent the last afternoon with Robin and Gordon enjoying the dense fog and cool temperatures. They apologized for the "bad weather", but Kendra and I were soaking it in like a sponge and loving every minute of it. We have plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures here in AZ so the dramatically opposite weather was absolutely perfect. We often stood out on their patio with the twins overlooking the hills and neighborhoods just absorbing the serenity and clean air. Robin and Gordon were amazing hosts and we hope to visit them once a year if we have the opportunity. One humorous note for this picture is that you can see Easton has roughly the same expression as Gordon... Sans the teeth, of course.
Easton and Layla have made some serious progress on milestones lately and I've done my best to capture them with the camera. You know how I'm always opining on how great it would be if I could catch get a picture of Layla's two little teeth, but can't seem to have the camera ready? Well, I finally caught one of her "shooting star" smiles before her facial expression turned back into the studious intense look she normally wears. Her teeth came in about 5 weeks ago, but this is the first good closeup picture of them. Here's Layla and her two lower teeth:
And now for Easton's big accomplishment: He holds his own bottle now! He has really strong muscles and arms that he uses now to prop up his own bottle during his evening feeding. Now I can play Xbox while he's taking the bottle without having to hold it up with my chin. Just KIDDING! I don't even have an Xbox, but I have a friend who used to pretzel his way into a position that allowed him to use both hands to play Xbox while giving his kid the bottle. Anyway, here's Easton clearly doing me a favor by holding his own bottle:
Laying Easton and Layla side by side on the play mat with a toy just out of arms reach and saying, "on your mark... get set... GO!" is one of my favorite games to play. It's like watching a turtle race, but much less graceful. She rocks and he rolls and neither one of them move at more than a glacial pace towards the toy. Sadly enough, Easton never gets the toy because he hasn't made much progress in crawling yet. Can you see the determination in Layla's eyes??? Other than the drool on her chin she looks like the definition of intelligence. The bib she has on is my favorite. :)
Easton and Layla tried a new food today: fruit! Noting mashed up from a plastic container either. I mean real, straight-from-the-cutting-board fruit. My sister, Joanie, sent us these plastic rings with a mesh net attached and they work great! you open the top, put some fruit or other mushy goodness inside, and let the babies gnaw on it to their hearts content. I think they were munching on nectarines in these pictures... They also tried some butternut squash Kendra cooked up last night and that was a big hit also. NO allergies to any foods so far! We are thrilled to discover our babies don't have food allergies. Easton is such a handsome boy...
and Layla Rae has the prettiest eyes! I can't wait to see what color they will be. Every day I look into her eyes and see if I can notice the changes and figure out what color they are starting to show. From what I can tell they are hazel, which makes sense considering Kendra and I both have hazel eyes. Her hair is staying very dark also even though there isn't much there yet!