September 15, 2009
Carting the sheets to each cabin to make beds
The first day (Friday) we were actually there before the majority of people attending the retreat. Lucas is on the planning committee, and the members go early to prepare the cabins (make beds, clean up, and leave goodies like bottles of water and mints on the pillow). So the first day was basically free time. I hung out with the babies in the morning, and let me tell you, there is nothing more restful than sleeping babies and nothing to do! While the babies napped I sat on the porch and looked out over the lake enjoying being still & quiet - no dishes or laundry to do. I cherished this blessed time of relaxation & reflection.
Lucas relaxing & looking out at the lake on our front porch.
Later we borrowed a couple of the jogging strollers they have on the Island and took the babies for a walk. It turns out that Allie isn't super into bumpy rides...At the end of the day, people started to arrive, and we enjoyed greeting our friends as they came. The excitement was building. We had hoped to take turns hanging out at the social snack time in the evening, but we were so exhausted from the lack of sleep the night before (as mentioned in the previous post) that we crashed early.
Riding in style!
Saturday I was in the nursery during the first session & Lucas was with the youth. The nursery was a fun challenge. I learned that 2 are all I can handle! Even with help, 5 babies were overwhelming - especilly when 4 out of the 5 were crying! Unfortunately, this was the twins naptime, and they weren't able to sleep - which led to a rough rest of the day. In the afternoon, the twins attended their first Sandy Island canoe race. The canoe race is a cherished Sandy Island tradition - so much so that it was not cancelled despite the pouring rain!
Our family at Sandy Island 2009
Despite the difficult moments, we had a really wonderful time, and are so thankful for the time there. The first, cold night the weekend stretched out unendingly before us, and I wondered if we made it. Then, somehow, it was time for us to rush to the dock to meet our boat.
September 14, 2009
We went to bed excited, enthusiastic, & exhausted the first night. I woke up about an hour later feeling much colder. I checked on the babies, grabbed a blanket, and curled up in bed. 1 1/2 hrs. later I was awake again significantly colder. I checked on the babies and was getting ready to curl back into bed when I heard Lucas whisper my name from across the room (there were only twin beds in the cabin). Lucas (who only brought shorts to wear to bed) was freezing. We debated about whether or not the babies were warm enough (wearing a onesie, socks, fleecy pjs, mittens, and a hat), decided they were, and then tried to figure out how we could be as warm without fleecy pjs.
The first time we saw the view from our cabin as the sun was rising the first morning.
We stopped to feed the babies, but Allie couldn't wait to get there!
Jo & Ryan
September 09, 2009
Then I was standing at the changing table, looking at all of the outfits I pulled out, and I turned around and looked at them in the diapers and bibs (because I was getting ready to feed them), and they looked SO CUTE that I decided they didn't need any clothes at all!
So the whole morning was wasted?
September 06, 2009
I have been planning this day for weeks - what they would wear, the pictures we would take, would I allow them to watch the game or follow the AAP's advice and refrain from giving them "screen time" (I decided to have the Michigan game on while we played with them in the afternoon...and Ryan watched intently! I might be a bad parent for this tv exposure, but college football isn't just mindless tv, it is a way of life!).
Originally, they were both wearing Huskers onesies (because I didn't have any Michigan ones that fit), but Allie wee wee'd all over hers. So - wanting to keep her dressed in the spirit of the day - I squeezed her into the Michigan onesie (which was a little short, but worked for a few hours). It was perfect because we had taken Huskers pictures, but we were able to take these pictures with both teams represented, and I like these a little better!
If you were wondering how they felt about football...Allie was super into the actual football. She kept wanting to hold it, hit it, chew on it. We had trouble getting pictures because we couldn't get her to look away from the ball! Ryan, while being super into watching football on tv, was not really into the actual football (although he kicked it out of Allie's hands a few times...). He seemed to enjoy the social aspect more. He got a kick of how goofy we acted when we gave them the football and tried to take pictures!
And finally, a few more favorites that I remembered I forgot:
Friendly Farm Peek a Boo
Perfect Pets Peek a Book (many thanks to the Lamps for these favorite books!)
Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Coldplay (mommy & daddy are super fans of the various Rockabye Baby cds)
Veggie Tunes ("We are the pirates who don't do anything!")