If you read yesterday's post, you know that I'm journaling about our recent road trip to New Jersey. I've covered the fun events of Day One and here we are at Day Two, where even more fun awaits.
Saturday morning was family picture time. While this didn't count as "fun" per say, it was important to Nana and since another kid had been added to the mix it was time for an updated picture.
By emailing pics back and forth before our visit, my SIL, MIL, and I were able to coordinate clothes for the pictures. For the most part, I think we did okay.
In between background changes, I caught Alaina and Grady Lee holding hands. I don't know why. I don't care why. I just think this darling moment is too precious!
The dads took all the kids next door for smoothies while the girls stayed and reviewed pics. Annalyse was way overdue for her morning nap and found a perfect place to sleep on Aunt Sarah. (Maybe, just maybe, holding a sleeping newborn helped put a tiny itch in her for another little one of her own. Maybe. Just maybe.)
Notice the belt with the canteen and the periscope on Micah? He rummaged that out of some toy drawer at Nana's house and insisted on wearing it "for exploring at the nature center and for looking for monsters hiding in the trees." Like my post yesterday - toys made waaay back then sure do last a lot longer than toys today. Grady played with this set some 30 years ago!
Aunt Beki: "No! Don't put her in the stroller. I would love to hold her and feed her."
Nana/MIL: "Yes, let's feed her together. It will be much easier that way."
I have no idea if it was actually easy, but how could I possibly say no to two loving, doting, wanting-to-spoil family members? Little does Annalyse know how lucky she is.
"Their lips tickle me!"
"He smells stinky and needs a bath. Can we give him one?"
"How come he's licking his legs? I don't lick my legs because that's yucky!"
Unrelated side note: I married into an incredibly photogenic family. Seriously. Eyes always open. Smiles always beautiful. Poses always perfect. Sheesh - no pressure.
Ma Alaina and Pa Grady Lee welcomed us to their farm!
Ride 'em cowboys! Oh wait - does Uncle Matt know he's going the wrong way?
Because her 20 minute morning nap on Aunt Sarah's shoulder was so wonderful, Annalyse chose to enjoy an afternoon snooze on Aunt Beki's shoulder. I offered the stroller so that Beki could free up her arms and she looked at me like I was crazy. "What?! Give up a peacefully sleeping baby? Never!"
The adults were, you guessed it, relaxing on benches. And Annalyse was, you guessed it, being passed around to whomever had open arms.
Grady Lee: "They are eating their vegetables to be big and strong, just like us!"
Micah: "Yeah, but even if they eat all their vegetables I'll still run faster than they do."
Uncle Marc pulled up in a firetruck from the station he volunteers at. With siren blaring and lights flashing, my boys thought this was the culmination of all that is worth living for. They couldn't get to Uncle Marc and on that firetruck fast enough.