Last week, my husband and all the boys went to Sacramento, CA for a couple of days, where he was a guest preacher at our friend Pastor Jimenez' church.
Most all of my husband's family lives in the Greater Sacramento area, so the boys were thrilled to go along and get to hang out with their cousins and other relatives.
The girls were equally thrilled about being home with just Mom, no boys. They do enjoy traveling with Dad, of course, but it was the boys turn this time. Baby Stephen doesn't really count in their mind, because he is younger than they are, too young to stop them from doing girly stuff, plus they love mothering him.
We had a quiet three days. My oldest kids all help a lot around the house, but even with almost half our family gone, my days were actually easier, in spite of having to do a lot of chores I am no longer used to doing (such as taking care of chickens, hauling out trash, etc.).
That gave me extra time to do things with the girls we don't normally have time for. The first thing they wanted to do, of course, was to play "beauty salon." I painted all their finger and toe nails and then curled their hair. They loved it! In fact, early the next morning, Becky snuck out of bed silently and put her hair in curlers by the time I got up.
Anna - if you can believe it, her behavior is every bit as angelic as she looks. In this particular picture, she reminds me of my husband's mom.
Becky - this little girl could be my exact clone! She looks and acts just like I did at her age. It's like I am raising myself.
Miriam - I cannot get over how quickly she is growing into a young lady! She has my color hair and complexion, but is her Dad's spitting image in all other aspects, including his big brown eyes.
The next day, we spent some time planning meals to make for after the baby comes, and then precooking and freezing some of them. With the guys gone, I was making quick, simple foods for the girls and myself at every meal, which gave me extra time to prepare some freezer meals.
Peanut butter, bananas, and raisins on toast - gotta love Pinterest!!!
I can't remember the other fun things we did during those days, and since I didn't take more photos, I don't even have those to bail out my pregnant brain. But I do remember that we had a great time together! :)