As for now...
Phil surprised me with a one week vacation to Utah!! So I stayed with the theme and surprised my family... I didn't tell them I was coming. I just showed up at their doors. HA! It was worth it for the priceless reactions I got. Jessie screamed for the first time in years (not counting spider encounters) which was obvious by the lack of volume and force in her scream. Then when I doorbell ditched my mom and left Eden on the porch for her to find, I'm pretty sure she stood there completely silent with utter shock/confusion on her face for 3 whole minutes until we ran out from the bushes laughing! I got to finally meet my little niece Layla Marie, and the entire family got to meet and get to know Eden Rose :) I stayed with my best-friend-twinnner-sister Jessie since her husband has already left for Alaska. We had a full week of kid wrangling and baby bonding.
Here are my Top 10 observations from a week in Utah:
1- Kara has the magical touch for babies. Eden loved her and took several long comfortable naps on her chest...
...VERY comfortable naps!
2- Eden and Layla have inherited mine and Jessie's ESP. Mental telepathy.
3- Zuppas is still yummy...
5- My mother is darling and an extraordinary human being.
6- I want to keep Cohen for myself. I love that little gentleman!!!
8- Utah still holds the title of master accessorisers.
9- It's freeeeezing there!!!
10- The final observation, and perhaps the most astounding, my father -- KEN STRATTON -- texting on his iPhone. I repeat. Ken texting on an iPhone that is his.
What can I say, I love my family!! And I kind of like Utah, a bit. It was a dream to see them all again. Very therapeutic. Then it was even more therapeutic to fly back home to my own little family waiting for me in Laie, Hawaii.