My sister Kelli has been trying to visit us since June 2020.
I made her postpone her trip, though, because the world felt too upside down right then. It still feels upside down as we're approaching two years of this thing and as vigilant as we aim to be...it's getting really hard to maintain...so when Kelli asked if she could visit, I said yes.
Then I spent the next several months feeling absolutely sick over the decision as Delta popped up, etc.
But she came at the end of February, bringing along with her Rosie and Ireland, which was so much fun! They were just here for a little weekend visit and it rained virtually the whole time, but that was alright because with a pandemic and two little babies our time was probably best spent at home, anyway.
We told the kids that my sister was coming but kept Rosie and Ireland a surprise. Kelli came bearing and entire suitcase full of gifts for the kids (including, but not limited to a ginormous stuffed unicorn for Zoë (pictures of that later) and matching outfits for Phoebe and Irie). They got in rather late on Thursday night so before retiring for the evening Rosie and I selected outfits for the next day and set our trap...
In the morning, the kids got up and found Auntie K, who slept on the couch in the TV room. I had told the kids that she would be up in Zoë's room so that they would help me get that room ready for company (stripping the bed to wash the sheets, etc) and then after the kids went to bed I made up a bed in the TV for Kelli. So the kids were not expecting to see her down there. They were happy to see her, however.
And then when I got up and came downstairs with Phoebe, Rosie followed me down with Ireland dressed exactly the same way and...the kids were absolutely shocked!
The older girls got up a bit later, so when Rachel wandered into the dining room for breakfast and saw Kelli spotting Irie (who was sitting on the table, something Phoebe can't do yet) she gasped, "What are you doing with the baby?!"
Then she noticed me standing on the other side of the room holding Phoebe, who I'll remind you, was dressed the same way and screamed, "WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BABIES?!"
It was a hilariously wonderful prank.
Here are too many pictures of the babies in their matching outfits:
Irie is learning how to give kisses and really liked kissing Phoebe. It wasn't unusual to find Phoebe with a big lick mark in her hair this past weekend!
And here's Miriam with Irie and Rachel with Phoebe:
Here's Rosie giving Ireland a little bedtime bottle:
Andrew's not in it because he had to leave early to sign some closing documents for his dad's new house...which is just around the corner from our house—surprise! It's wild to think Grandpa will be here in just a few days! We fit quite a few things into such a short month. February was filled with house hunting and all sorts of fun activities!
Anyway, we didn't think to take a picture before Andrew left so it's just us, gathered in my messy music room.
And here's a shot of Rachel and Rosie holding Ireland and Phoebe, respectively: