We had a terrific vacation last week, thanks to our generous friends and family who showered us with shelter, food and TONS OF FUN!
Sunday: Our week started out with an Astros game where we met up with Uncle Spencer and Aunt Erika. (Thanks to Aunt Chris for the amazing seats!) It was Ella's very first game...there were a lot of "firsts" for Ella this last week:
dad and ella walking to the game:
ella & uncle spencer:
Monday: The beach with Nana and Grandpa!!! We got there early and the weather was perfect. Nana and Grandpa rented some chairs and a large umbrella so we could cool off from the sun whenever we wanted to. Ella LOVES the water. And by "LOVE", I mean REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LOVES it. She walked in the water until she couldn't anymore and then sought refuge in a big chair under the big umbrella while Nana handed her snacks and entertained her by building sand castles.
on a mission:
loving the water:
Tuesday: Nana hosted a party for the girls and babies. There were too many babies to count. We had a blast and the food was delicious! I managed to get a few pics of the kiddos in action:
ella and dad on the slide:
jessica and chloe:
jack showing the young ones how to successfully scale the rock wall:
the line to the slide (luis, mark, alyssa and cooper):
miss lorelei, looking like a baby doll:
just chillin' (ella, courtney and june):
Wednesday: We went to Mimi's house with the intention of going to the zoo that afternoon. We drove there, but hurricane Dolly had landed so we made a v-line for the Children's Museum instead. I don't have any pics, but Mimi does so I'll have to get those out later. It was a TOTAL BLAST for Ella. The Tot Spot was like a miniature world for toddlers and Ella played like Mom, Dad and Mimi weren't following her around . We can't wait to do this again!
Thursday: We hung out with Mimi, Grandpa, Uncle Nick, Aunt Hillary, Uncle Michael and Kristi at home. Dolly was bringing more rain and it was just yucky outside. We had a little birthday party for Uncle Michael and also got to congratulate Michael and Kristi in person on Ella's new cousin that should arrive in March 2009! Ella got all dolled up for the festivities:
Friday: The ZOO and an afternoon play date with Miss Kim and Collin. What a terrific day!!!
this is too good to be true:
taking in a show:
clowning with the elephant in the show titled, "what the poop?":
on the carousel:
passed out before we got out of the parking lot:
Saturday: Spent Friday night at Great Grandma Rosie and Great Grandpa Steve's. We went to Aunt Dawn and Uncle Tony's house on Saturday for a birthday party for Aunt Anna. We got to take a boat ride...Ella had mixed feelings since she had to wear a life jacket the whole time.
at aunt dawn's and uncle tony's house on the water in sargent:
ella and great grandma rosie, looking out at the water:
playing with cars:
Sunday: We hung out with Great Grandma and Grandpa on the property before heading home.
on the tractor:
There were a million sweet moments with friends and family that weren't captured on film. We were so happy to share this time with everyone. We look forward to making many more memories...