(Out-of-order picture alert: This was Evie at Tamsie's urology appointment last week. I kept trying to find this for the last post but couldn't. Isn't she so sweet?)
Chris had a few meetings at work on Friday morning, but once he got home, we packed the girls up, along with TONS of baby paraphernalia, and hit the road. The girls pretty much looked like Tamsie does in this picture the whole way:
On the whole, however, they stayed pretty content (and very sleepy). The trip did take quite a bit longer than usual with all the stops. What is normally a 6-hour trip for us turned into 8 hours easily! When we got to town, we went straight to one of our favorite restaurants ever, Memphis Pizza Cafe, where we met up with my parents and Chris's sister Jennifer and her boyfriend Tyler. Jennifer was very excited to see the girls, whom she hadn't seen since Thanksgiving - back when they were both in the NICU and Evie was in an isolette. Here she is with Tamsie (sorry for the socially awkward light situation - I have no idea what was going on):
Saturday morning, our good friend Mrs. Donna came by my parents' house to meet the girls. She threw me my Memphis shower back in July, which was the last time we were able to get home to Memphis. She has been praying for the girls from the start, and I was so glad she was able to come spend time with them.
Ellendale Baptist. Bro. Tommy announced that they were able to make it, and we had a really special time getting to introduce them to so many dear friends from church who had been praying for them all this time. After church, we went to Grandma's for Christmas dinner. You see, back when I broke the news of the pregnancy to Grandma, I asked her if we could celebrate Christmas sometime after the new year. The hilarious part of the story is that she immediately said yes, without even asking why! So I had to ask, "Would you like to know why I'm asking this?" When she said yes, I told her it was because I was expecting a baby sometime around Christmas Eve! (Back then, who knew it was twins?!) And so I finally took her up on her offer, and we enjoyed a fabulous Christmas meal. I also had some bonus time with Melissa, who came to take the girls' pictures in some precious headbands:
Uncle Myron, Aunt Lauren, and my cousin Chris stopped by too, which was nothing short of miraculous considering the heavy load of homework Chris had that weekend, being the MUS Owl that he is. We were originally planning on heading out after Christmas dinner on Sunday, but then we wondered what in the world we were thinking! We wouldn't have even gotten back to Louisville until way late, so we decided to stay one more day. Monday morning, we shipped out. Evie was having too much fun and wasn't ready to leave yet:
Tonight I am continuing my streak of busy-ness by heading out to our first Koinonia event of the semester at school, and I can't wait! It should be really good.
I will leave you with a teaser from Melissa's photo shoot on Sunday with the girls: