Four children are no joke. Neither is the laundry they produce. If you can't find me, I've been swallowed up by the black hole of never-ending laundry.
So, some new things in the new year that are fun...
|Everything is better with a visit from Palpa! The new year brought a much anticipated visit from Cory's Dad which was so much fun!|
|Palpa's visit also prompted Will to take off his training wheels and burn rubber on a new bike. Palpa and Will went and picked it out. He learned fast and is breaking hearts left and right on his "Blue Thunder."|
|There are so many captions I could pick for this picture, but I'm going to go with, "Duke. Represent. Or get off my driveway."|
|This is Grace a day or two before surgery without the tape on.|
|If you have to wear all this stuff on your face, you can definitely look stylish doing so. She is so girly and loves bows and shoes and makeup (stealing her mom's makeup and attempting to put it on and rub it in the carpet).|
|If you're going to have surgery, a first trip to Krispy Kreme is a good way to celebrate. Grace gave it 2 glazed thumbs up!|
|Up close shot. We are constantly amazed at how willingly she let us pull out the retainer and tape and clean it and reapply every night with more tape and surgical glue. Never moved or tried to take it off. Sweet girl.|
|Way too early and just a bit giggly on the morning of surgery.|
|She looked very cute in the Looney Tunes pjs and started to act a little looney tunes when they brought her a nice "cocktail" right before they took her from us. We are thankful that she won't remember that part. |
|After surgery that evening. Grace and Mom prepare to settle in for the night.|
|Four days home. Outside with big brother William getting some fresh air. |
Honestly, we miss that sweet little cleft lip face that we fell in love with...we all have adjusted to a new look on this girl we love and it took some getting used to. I know it sounds weird, but we loved her as she was. And, we love her now as we are starting to see glimpses of our Grace come back as the swelling goes down and a little smile starts to try and creep in, despite a very sore lip. Tonight she was dancing and giggling and her little exhausted eyes lit up like we know and love.
Before I close this out tonight...
Two last pictures....
Right before Grace's surgery, Claire and Cory had a date to the movies.
1. The only man that will be kissing Claire in the movies for quite some time.
2. The only man that she will be kissing for quite some time. In the movies. Out of the movies.
3. Super cute pics and so glad my daughters have a Dad like this.