Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spring Blitz - Part 2: A Visit from Pepaw

I'm glad you don't hold your breath just waiting for me to update here, because if you did, I fear you'd all suffocate!  LOL  Afterall, it was two long weeks ago that I promised this update!

April 29 - May 3, 2011

My father-in-law lives in upstate New York, and had never visited the deep South until little more than a month ago.  His plane arrived after 10 pm on April 29th.  I thought about keeping Aaron up to watch the planes come in at the airport, but ultimately decided that we'd go ahead and get ourselves to bed and let Ron meet his dad alone.  The goal being, of course, to avoid a cranky toddler . . .

Our accommodations for the weekend were wonderful.  We stayed at my dad's camp on the creek.  Have you ever tried to get a toddler down for the night in a strange place?  Let's say the process goes less than smoothly.  When Ron and his dad arrived from the airport just after mid-night, guess who was still energetically awake to greet them . . .  Aaron . . .  Guess we should have taken him to the airport to watch the planes!  :-)

Back to our accommodations . . .  If you want a weekend away, this is definitely the place.  It comes with great views . . .

 Front Porch View

 Front Porch View

 Front Porch View

 Front Porch View

Kitchen Window View - right through the screen

Our nearest neighbors were cows and a couple of alligators . . . which incidentally don't live in New York.  This makes for a very relaxing quiet weekend (alligators are NOT crocodiles and are generally not aggressive unless threatened).

We spent some time relaxing in the creek . . .
 Aaron on the sandbar

 Playing in the creek

We invited McKayla (my niece) to play with us.

The three generations took a minute to pose for a picture.

Sunday morning we went to church.  As we stopped at our place to grab a couple of things, Aaron and Pepaw hung out on the porch.

After church we drove out to Dauphin Island, AL where we visited a small park, then the estuarium.

On Monday Aaron and I returned to school and work.  Monday evening, Aaron and Pepaw said their goodbyes before bed.

Ron and his dad left in the wee morning hours of Tuesday morning for the airport.  The whole weekend was most enjoyable, and I hope Aaron was able to form memories, at even this young age, strong enough to last a lifetime!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Spring Blitz - Part 1: Easter

YIKES!  It's been right at two months since my last posting, so let's get right to it!

April 16, 2011
My cousins graciously host the family every year for a huge egg hunt at their house.  First the adults hide the eggs, and please note, we use the term adult loosely in my family, as most of us have no plans to grow up!  To support this statement, I enter into evidence this photo . . .
Here's my uncle eating the candy out of the eggs he's supposed to be hiding!  I revoked his egg hiding privileges with haste!

As egg hiding was under way, we had all of our little egg hunters gathered in one room trying to tame their ever growing excitement long enough to get a good photo.

Aaron grasped the whole egg hunting thing much better this year, and he was so proud of his findings!

After the hunt, the kiddos had to gather and compare the spoils of their hunt!

Of course, egg hunting is exhausting business!

But there's nothing like a good popsicle perk everyone back up again . . .

And the fun continued into the afternoon . . .

And just in case anyone lost a baby . . .  Well, just look for Memaw!

April 21, 2011
Then Aaron had his egg hunt at preschool.  He arrived at school quite ready!

April 24, 2011
On Easter morning, Aaron found the following basket . . .
Of course Ron thought there was more Play-Doh in that basket that any one little boy could possibly need, but Aaron loved it!

Then off we went to Church, followed by lunch and another egg hunt at Memaw's house, where there was more egg hunting and posing for pictures . . .

And that wraps up Easter!  Please stay tuned for "Spring Blitz - Part 2:  A Visit from Pepaw"