(Finally up to posting this!)
After we got to enjoy the wonderfulness of the outdoors, it was time to get to enjoy the lovely happiness of being with family.
We begun by celebrating the birthday of a very special sister at a really good restaurant.
It is always so great to go out to dinner with my family.
The next day, the rest of our family arrived. It's hard to describe how absolutely wonderful it is spending time with our niece. She is amazing.
We went to the "Up in the Air Festival" right by my parents house - a free activity with lots of fun things to see.
Amelia was amused by all the bubbles, though it was a little hard to actually make them.
Foam was a little easier to create.
The other highlight was watching some trained dogs catching frisbees. I may have seen this group before when I went to the fair with my friend Christine, and it was just as fun.
Of course, with a theme like, "Up in the Air" we had to get a picture of a hot air balloon.
The other highlight of the trip was a much needed sister's lunch. With lovely Amelia and busy lives, it had been forever since the three of us spent some quality time together. We had a lovely visit to the Spectrum for lunch and some shopping. I'm so lucky to have such wonderful sisters.
To end our trip, Ed and I couldn't pass up going and enjoying some green nature, so we drove out to one of the local parks and just soaked it in.
We saw a relative of our nemesis, the blue heron (one came and ate almost all of our beautiful fish). This one seemed to be looking for his own dinner.
It was lovely.
Back home, we had some more lovely Amelia time. More "nap time" playing - and even Ollie joined in.
Then, it was time for a little Amelia sandwich. Of course, this happy scene ended not so happy when Amelia wouldn't stop trying to eat the couch cover and lost it. She wasn't super happy about that.
But, luckily 2 year olds don't seem to hold grudges, so she was back to her smiling self in no time.
Giving some Tia love.
Amelia also impressed us all with her food choice. She was super into eating some raw red onion!
And of course, we had to have a little fun dressing her up.
Luckily she was totally into it. Especially with the teddy bear backpack I found upstairs.
She then helped Tia Kortney open her birthday presents.
She actually liked her bunny ears and needed a little help keeping them up.
And we finished off with a lovely family picture. James insists on livening up pretty much ever picture he's in, so Ashley decided to give in and join in on the fun. Such a silly family :)
It went by all too quickly, but was wonderful just the same.