Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tails, Teeth, A Trip & Thank Yous

gianna's hair is getting long enough to put into pigtails, so here's what it looks like after a whole day in pigtails.  too cute. 
 look who lost tooth #2!!
 cutest inmate on 9th avenue!
 i was lucky enough to be able to fly up to maryland last weekend with gianna to go to lilah's first birthday party.  i really wanted to take roman too, but honestly, taking both kids by myself would have been way too much for me to handle. so, roman stayed with toby and they got to have a really fun "roman's weekend" in charleston.  

gianna was ready to board the plane.  she just couldn't quite lift our carry-on!
gianna's first plane ride!!!
uncle josh, aunt colleen and lilah picked us up at the airport.  gianna put on her best scowl and stayed that way for most of the weekend.  however, she went right to uncle josh and was his best friend all weekend.  
this is how i know i'm "home".  the chesapeake bay bridge!  of course, i'm pretty sure that i wouldn't have been in the same lane as my brother.  eastbound on the westbound span.  no sir, no how!
finally, we are at nanas!  little lilah just sitting watching everyone.  she is so super cute.  i can't believe she is 1!!!!
nana had to show gianna how to pull the bucket of toys

then gianna got to pull lilah in the bucket
hugs for cousin bffs
later, we went outside to take a swing on nana's new swingset.  i love the look on lilah's face.  pure joy!
gianna had a little bit of fun too!
then we played with a few balls that were almost bigger than the girls were. 
cj and the baby ladies
the girls got to go on a wagon ride.  gianna was giving her best beauty queen wave.
lilah was really excited!
then it was time for a bath

the girls getting their first bath together! i'm sure there will be many more over the years.
meanwhile,  back in charleston, roman and toby got to go on a helicopter ride.  it wasn't planned and no one was more surprised than me.  i'm kind of glad i didn't know ahead of time because i would have been a wreck!  they didn't even have doors on that thing!  i think that roman liked it...can you tell?
their view of the aircraft carrier
big headphones on a little cutie pie. 
this was their copter...
the next morning was lilah's birthday!!!  gianna celebrated with a swing from uncle josh.
lilah's party was awesome.  colleen's whole family came and ours did too.  so many kids, so many aunts and uncles and grandmothers all over the place.  there was a bounce house for the kids and some of the boys went down to the pond to fish.  i took a walk with gianna and she loved pointing to the geese saying "ducky" over and over.  she even turned around a few times and waved at them one more time.  

i love this picture.  i think it is so beautiful.  my daughter standing on my grandparents' driveway.  the pond in the background.  i helped plant those trees with my grandfather.  so many memories on that farm and now my kids get to have fun there too.  it makes me all gooey inside.  

time for g to get her bounce on!
uncle jay took gianna on the bounce house and she loved it.
swing time with cj
on our way to the airport, we stopped to eat at cracker barrel and the baby ladies got so excited to get in the little rockers out front.
one more picture at the airport in front of the big blue crab.  
bye bye lilah!  we will see you soon.  miss you already, sweet little one year old!!!!

school is wrapping up for roman.  he has had a wonderful pre-K experience and loves all his teachers.  here are two thank you notes that he wrote all by himself for his teacher and teacher's aide.  so adorable.  and, if this wasn't enough, he wrote 11 more tonight!  for all the other special teachers that he has...computer, music, art, etc.  he named everyone that he wanted to thank for a great year and sat at the table until bedtime working very hard on his notes.  i am so very proud of him.  he has such kindness and joy in his heart.  so sweet...

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