We had the best time and though we have no intention to move to Florida (we absolutely looove Charlotte and our life in North Carolina), more than a few times Ryan and I commented on just how nice it would be to live near family. The boys lit up around their grandparents, aunt and uncle and Chase was 100 percent obsessed with his baby cousin.
We made the most of our visit and soaked up every second with my family. I made a beeline for my sister’s house on Friday morning once I heard Callie was awake and could not get over just how much she’s changed since our last visit. Her personality is all the more apparent and she has the sweetest disposition. She laughs non-stop which motivates my family to do constantly do the silliest things in front of her to hear her breathy baby giggles.
And don’t even get me started on seeing Callie with Ryder and Chase! Oh my heart. Chase was absolutely enamored with “Baby Callie” and incredibly gentle with her. (Considering the fact that he thinks laying on top of Ryder and burrowing his head in his brother’s belly is “cuddling,” we were a bit relieved!)
Ryder and Callie cracked me up because Ryder was obsessed with Callie’s mouth and loved putting his fingers in her mouth and she seemed to love gumming all over them. Apparently 10-month-olds and 7-month-olds just like to grab at each other’s faces!?
On another note, I was surprised by just how much my heart overflowed watching my sister in her new role as a mother.
To say Leslie and Ross are wonderful parents is a huge understatement.
In case you’re wondering what the deal is with all of the hats in the above photos, on Saturday afternoon, my parents hosted a bunch of their friends at their place for a Kentucky Derby party!
We all got dressed up in our derby apparel, complete with matching bow ties for the boys and had a great time chatting with my parents’ friends, drinking mint juleps, watching the race (how about that disqualification!?) and digging into lots of delicious food!
As I went to upload photos of the party and our family from the weekend, I realized I don’t have much to show for it other than a few pics I snapped before the guests arrived! I’d be lying if I said that is a bad thing. I didn’t reach for my phone much at all this weekend and it was wonderful. While I do wish I had more photos of our crew, especially the kids together, I’m glad everyone was focused on each other more than capturing the moments. It was a great weekend and I’m already looking at our calendar and trying to figure out when we can drive back down to Jacksonville for our next visit.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoy the week ahead!