Later that afternoon, the husband went to his parents house to pick up our two labs. They'd been staying there ever since we moved back to Dallas and were bunking in a too-small apartment. We've since closed up the apartment and ended our lease there and have finally emptied out our storage units completely. This was the last step! It felt so good to bring our "first children" home at last. The husband had installed the hot wire fence that runs around the backyard to deter them from digging out and prepared everything else for their arrival. When they came into the backyard, I was there to greet them and the babies all eagerly looked on through the windows of their play room, banging their hands on the glass and screeching. Jersey and Shiner explored the backyard and settled in with a contentment that seemed to say they knew this was home now and had just been waiting for us to bring them here. I believe Trystan got a leg-length of wet dog tongue when I took her out for a visit with the doggies later that day. :)
Saturday we lounged around and wore our PJs all day. After lunch and their nap (plus a short rest for mom and dad), we slathered the kiddos in tons of sunscreen and put on swim diapers and swim suits. Logan got her first ever pigtails and I managed to coerce a few strands of Trystan's hair into her first ponytail! The cuteness killed, it was the sweetest thing.
We loaded up our massive pile of baby stuff (stroller, floats, towels, food, drinks, toys, diapers...) and drove the five minutes to my girlfriend's house where she and her husband had graciously opened up their home so we could take the babies swimming. Several other of my best friends came as well and everyone was so helpful and eager to pitch in and help with the babies. We let them run around their living room first to get acclimated then put them in the pool for swim time. Trystan and Kailey ended up loving the water and splashed and dunked their faces in it later while the husband and a friend each held one. Logan relaxed in her floatie and Harrison enjoyed one-on-one time with me for awhile before agreeing to sit in his float and play with duckies. (By the way, big thanks to my friend Rusty for taking all the pool photos for us!)
Once everyone was pruny enough, the husband and I took them into the guest bath room and gave them the fastest baths ever done, dressed them in clean, dry diapers and put them in the quad stroller for dinner. They had grilled chicken, some apple cider coleslaw I'd made, blueberries and strawberries, avocado, grilled polenta, cookie and a little homemade coconut custard pie (my friend made two and they were delicious!).
By the time we hauled everything and everyone home and got them in bed, I was dead on my feet. So worth the trouble and a great first swim, but so exhausting! A good night's sleep must have helped because this morning I decided the babies should try their hand at painting for the first time—especially while I had my nanny around for a couple hours to help. Turns out, Logan does not like painting (so she wasn't in any photos, poor thing). I don't know if it was the texture or the messiness or just that it was something new she wasn't ready for, but girl screamed and hollered in her seat so I had get her cleaned up and hold her until we were done. Harrison actually took to the project and smeared paint all over two pieces of paper and Kailey also created two masterpieces, while additionally smearing paint on her hair and stomach and taste testing it a few times. Even though each time it was as unappealing as the last. Trystan poked and prodded at her paint until she held her hands up and admitted she was quite finished.
One not-so-bad cleanup process (thank God for washable paint), some playtime and a lunch later, the kids were off to bed and the Verizon tech was leaving after hooking me up with cable, phone and Internet. I am so excited!!! I haven't had cable or DVR in forever and we've been using crappy pay-as-you-go Internet since we moved to Dallas. At long last, I have all my shows, DVR capabilities and high-speed connections I've been missing. Plus my new vacuum cleaner arrived today (a simple Hoover Pet Rewind that we've had great luck with), a phone and new Aden + Anais crib sheets and sleep sacks for the babies that I can't wait to try. I got a great deal on them on Amazon and they're super soft.
In my opinion, it's been one of the best Monday's you can have so far and it's been 2.5 hours and the babies are just now moving around. Time for a kid-friendly TV show and snacks...
Happy Monday to you. ;)