What we did over summer vacation – 2008 edition

We took a nice trip to Avila Beach over the 4th of July weekend. Melissa found a killer place to rent right on the beach, which just happened to have a perfect dual kitchen set up for the impending Burger-Off™. The girls had a nice time overall, but definitely preferred to hang out in the house or at the park rather than at the beach. They had a big problem with walking around in the sand for some reason.

The Family Ella getting into the water bottles Kaitlin drinking water Kaitlin looking out the window Melissa and Ella Linda pushing Kaitlin on the swing Melissa and Kaitlin Kaitlin going down the slide 

The night of the 4th was the big Burger-Off™ showdown between me and Kathy. I offered my twist on the classic American cheeseburger with patriotic bun treatment and Captain Morgan chocolate shooters while Kathy countered with her Napa Valley Basil Burgers. Due to a grill malfunction we both had to share a grill, which didn’t affect the competition too much even though Kathy used a grill pan (the grilling equivalent of training wheels). In the end, both burgers turned out great but there could only be one winner. See if you can guess who won…

Layne posing with his Classic All-American Cheeseburgers™ Layne and Kathy in the Burger-Off Posing with the winning burgers 

Day one recap

Wow, to say that this was a big day is a bit of an understatement. Here’s how it all went down…

Melissa and I woke up pretty early this morning, neither of us could really sleep in anticipation of the big day. We finished packing up, threw the car seats (which we still need to figure out) in the back of the car, and headed out to Melissa’s folks to drop Rudy off for his extended vacation.

The before pic

We got to the hospital at around 10:30, and before we knew it Melissa was drugged up and I was looking ubercool in a set of blue scrubs and shower cap. I thought my beard was annoying before, but it was a real treat with that mask on. I sat in the hall and waited for the doctors to finish prepping Melissa so I amused myself by taking a few self portraits.

Waiting for surgery

The actual procedure went very quickly. As soon as I heard Kaitlin crying, a wave of calm came over me. It wasn’t long before her sister was joining in.

Kaitlin being measured Ella fresh out of the oven Ella Our first moment with the girls

Melissa got a little loopy towards the end. She doesn’t even remember us taking our group photo. They took her to recovery and I accompanied the girls to the nursery. One thing I was not prepared for was all the walking. Prior to the delivery, I made three trips down to the lobby and to the car. Melissa insisted we take our bags up with us, and as soon as we walked into triage they suggested I take them back to the car. It wouldn’t have been a huge deal if Melissa’s bag didn’t weight 300 pounds. Once I got back, we realized we had left the cord blood kits in her bag, so it was back to the car for me. After that, it was time to take her purse back. Fast forward through the delivery, and I started shuttling people two at a time up to the nursery to view the munchkins.

Kaitlin chillin' Kaitlin at full volume

Eventually, everyone was brought to the hospital room we will be calling home for the next few days. The girls have been really great so far, doing a lot of sleeping and not too much crying. I’ve been reading Melissa your comments, so keep ‘em coming. Between the video and the photo cameras I’ve been whipping out, I think the nurses all think I’m slightly nuts.

Melissa with both girls for the first time Melissa and Ella Grandma Kathy and Kaitlin Ella snoozin' Grandpop Warren and Kaitlin Pappa Layne and Ella

That’s it for now. I’ll post another update tomorrow night.