Above: Olivia in the cool shades from her Great Grandma Cessna. She's sitting on our new carpet, which we are thouroughly enjoying!
Below: On the Friday before we left Alaska, we got 10 inches or so of snow--the kind of snow that you hope for around Christmas. Big beautiful flakes and sticking to absolutely everything. The day before, it was 60 degrees. And the snow was practically gone two days later. My mom would have loved it. As you can see in this pic, the mountains vanished with the storm.Below: Do want to know how many shots I had to take to get them all to look semi-pleasant?
Below: Carli and Olivia made a new friend (Delaney) in the airport. Notice they're all in jammies! We were hoping for some serious sleeping on the plane.... Below: ....and we got what we wished for! Our flight home was a red-eye, leaving at 9:30 p AK time. They slept the whole way.
Below: Last Thursday was a Mother's Day tea at Little School. It was a "cruise," complete with entertainment (kids and teachers), origami (only it was a washcloth instead of paper), aerobics (motions to "Ho, ho, ho, it's a pirate's life for me" and other songs), portraits, a buffet (including a chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows) and a spa (cucumbers on the eyes, yogurt on the face, "massage" and "manicures.").
Below: Why is it that I never thought of taking pics of me and my girls or Mom A. and her girls on Mother's Day??? Oh, well, at least I got one of Grandma and Olivia.
In other news, we went back down to Indy last week to see the neonatologist. We took along Glen's mom so she could be in on one ultrasound and seeing the NICU. Good news: the ventriculomegaly (hydrocephalus) hasn't gotten worse. That is the main concern between now and the end of the pregnancy, and if it happens, it's in the towards the end. We finally got our first print out of the ultrasound pics (we just have a DVD of the very first ultrasound, which I'm afraid I don't want to see yet). These ones are profiles of her little face--looks like she's inherited the Lacy nose!!!
We toured NICU on that trip, too, and it was very helpful to see where Madeline will be. The atmosphere was calming, and everyone was so nice. And before I forget (I know this is a little soon for such an announcement, but I'll forget before then)...You know I love visitors in the hospital, and I know this time will be no exception. But since there must be a banded parent in with the baby before you can visit, those of you driving from Kokomo (no pressure or anything, of course!), may want to call our cells to make sure someone is there. Of course, I can't imagine even leaving her side, but there may be a time when Glen runs me home to see my girls, etc, and I'd hate to leave someone hanging.
Had a nice Mother's Day...Glen gave me a gift card to Penney's and I had fun spending it! The problem is that I wanted to shop for clothes, but I'm not buying a ton of maternity clothes that I can only wear for two more months, and I don't know what I'll be needing or what size I'll be later! Oh, well. On the day itself, Glen's parents were here, and Mom A. and I weren't allowed to do a blessed thing! Jed and Alyssa came over later to hang out for a while (on some special family days, like Mother's day, we only have morning service/Sunday School so that we can have more family time, especially all the volunteers that don't get a break very often. Made it seem more like a day of rest, for sure, especially now that our Sundays have gotten a little more hectic with Patriotic musical and regular choir practice starting at 4!).
Last night, I went with Glen's mom to a Mother's Day banquet, and she asked to keep the kids! They've been asking to go anyway, so I was happy for them. Glen and I already had a date night planned for tonight, so she's keeping them tonight too! Glen is working from home today--so we're going out for lunch, and then later we'll head out with Jed and Alyssa to take in Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and some Ritter's custard! Yum.
Well, I think you're finally caught up on my news! If you made it clear to the end of this post, I applaud you! :)
Love you all!