Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sissy Love

Abby and Nancy (my 2 youngest sisters) have been staying with us since Friday. It's been great. They have been such good sports about taking down their beds every morning, setting them back up at night and organizing and re-organizing their suitcases and belongings to keep them all together in one spot in our bedroom. These things are necessary, you would understand, if you have spent any time in our home. It is quite small. I'd never have believed that 4 people could live in it so comfortably! I guess I'm getting the girls ready for camp next week, and they're helping me be a little more flexible in my home. I remember when my friends James and Christen were living in the Barnabas house by our church along with James' parents, and so James and Christen shared a bedroom with their 3 children, including a newborn. It really blew me away, and I sort of woke up to my own selfishness about the space I felt I needed. It's good for us to adjust our schedules and lives to make room for people!

Some fun things we've done include:
~Shopping and buying matching flip-flops at J.Crew, and then taking millions of pictures of us with the shoes (Johanna's gift of the flexible tripod was useful for this!

~Lots of eating out! We've gone to Josh's restaurant 2 times, a yummy fish place by the riverfront, coffee shops, Krispie Kreme, J. Gumbo a
nd even Sonic (that's high living there!).

~Swimming at the pool here on campus, and at our friends' house.

~Reading, reading, reading! Abby pulled To Kill a Mockingbird off the shelf the first day she got here and said "I'll try to finish this while I'm here". It's on her summer reading list. She sure finished it -- in less than 3 days! We are planning to have a movie night tomorrow night and watch the movie version of the book (which is quite good, for anyone who has not seen it). I pretty much just have everybody bring a book with them everywhere. It's been a good break from television/Myspace. :)

~Tonight we are having a spa night. I hope my mom doesn't kill me! I gave both of them highlights! (see pictures below) We also are whitening Nancy's teeth (she is a recent braces wearer) with this cool stuff from Rembrandt that only takes 2 hours, and then you're done. It seems to be pretty effective! It was Nancy's birthday on Sunday, so this mini-makeover is her birthday present. I also gave her a bunch of clothes, and we are experimenting with hairstyles that are suitable for her hair type (curly and fluffy!). Does it look like Abby is worried about my concocting her hair dye? She shouldn't be! It turned out great! (I PROMISE, Mom!)

*Nancy and cap being doused with dye.*

*Abby a
nd her foils*

*Ta da! Josh likes Abby's highlights so much, he wants some of his own. Nancy's "after" picture will have to wait, as she is still in the middle of her whitening treatment!*


Anonymous said...

I love love love Abby's hair!! So cute! :) Sounds like you guys are having tons of fun! Enjoy the movie night tonight! :)love you!

Jacob Bennett said...

Josh I love your hair... its beautiful.

Anonymous said...

It was so nice to meet you two girls! I can't wait to see nancy's finished product! :)

GloryandGrace said...

Must see my blog when you get a chance...

Steph said...

How fun! I look forward to seeing how Nancy turns out. I love curly hair...*sigh* Mine is stick straight...let's bring back the perm!!!
To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the best books I've ever read! I LOVE it!
Abby has cute hair going on - just in time for camp.

James and Christen said...

Could I get some highlights too?
Looks like you are having lots of fun! Tell the girls hi from me and give them hugs. Did Abby see the pic of Jeremiah on my blog? We miss her lots!

Thanks for the comment on the book. I cannot wait to read mine, but it´s on a boat somewhere in the Atlantic!!

Love and miss you. Found someone I want to be friends with but we can´t commuicate!!

I am going to have her teach me how to make 2 brazilian foods. We can have fun just pointing and demonstrating.

Come over for some Cafe con leite ok!

Anonymous said...

How fun to have sisters! Makes me wish I had one. :)

I finally read Safely Home by Randy Alcorn and absolutely loved it, so I had to write a post about it too. Thanks for the recommendation.

Anonymous said...

oh my word. I died laughing reading this, and looking at Abby-snails face in the picture. She looks SO funny. I have everyone at work looking too because I am laughing so hysterically. >:) Makes me miss all the girls since all I have is the grass to mow and the cat to feed while they are gone. boo hoo. :( Miss you guys. Anna

Gretchen said...

Anna, I know, that picture is the BEST! We cracked up, too. I wish you could see how they turned out, I was so proud of myself. It was the best highlight job I'd ever done! Unfortunately, Nancy's didn't really show up as much -- because her hair is so light, I guess. You CAN see them, though. I probably should have done more.

Well, you and Bob should come down here for the 4th! There are free concerts and fireworks on the riverfront! Not sure who does the concert, but last year they had Trace Atkins (not interested in seeing him, but just saying that to tell you they get big people).

Nate and Janet should come too. We can get you a cheap hotel here on campus. SERIOUSLY!

Name: Karen said...

You guys are a RIOT! Oh, to have a sister.....Im feeling quite sad tonight and though your picture w/friends/sisters don't help my saddness--it gives me great joy to know you have them!

Hugs Gretchen!