We Have Not Fallen Off Planet Earth
It's just taken a long time to finally get settled and into a groove. Here's the short-short version of goings-on over the past 2 1/2 months:
I moved to Rhode Island on July 27 to start my 6-month school and Coleen and Elizabeth stayed in Philly with her parents. Gracie was still in the hospital at the time. Over the next 8 weeks, Coleen (with tremendous amounts of help from the family) took care of Lizzy and went to the hospital as often as possible to be with Grace. I drove down to Philly every weekend and spent Saturdays mostly with Col and Lizzy and Sundays with Grace before driving back to Newport. Grace had successful surgery because of her feeding issues and was discharged from the hospital at the end of August. Everyone stayed in Philly for the next three weeks to wait for Grace's follow-up appointment and, the weekend following, we all drove up to Newport together. This is the end of our third week finally living together as a family.
We have settled into a routine, the girls have been good (most of the time) about sleeping at night, and Coleen absolutely amazes me with how well she balances taking care of the kids, doing work around the house, and finding time to take care of herself (she's even been practicing Russian!). So, here are some photo highlights of the girls.
And both of them together: