Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Loveland visit - times 2

Everyone was excited for another Grand visit from our Michigan family!
As always, gifts soon followed their arrival.
However, so did Zoe's poor cough (and the sisterly love)!
Ezra got an adorable box...
which held an awesome Snoopy dog...
that I say he loved!
The girls had fun digging into their bags and trying on dresses.
They were beyond trilled to get a matching sheet set....
which Grandma made on their beds!
Later that night Zoe came down with a fever, and my heart ached as I knew she would not be able to join in her birthday fun the following day!
While Zoe rested the next day, Grandma and I took the other littles to a kids fest.  And they were amazed at Elsa singing.
Face painting is always fun.
But the favorite remains the bouncy houses.
Zoe was somewhat better to open presents later that evening (blog here).  We ended the night with some rest and renting Moana, which she had been excited to see.
The next day Zoe was doing much better (after pumping her with probiotics the previous day), and joined us at Carolina's Wildlife Center's Baby Shower/Open house.
I love this event that is close to home where we can see the hard work that they do up close and visit animals that are normally in the wild.
They were even able to touch these little possums.
Checking out the resident duck!
Then outside they have a bunch of fun kid activities.
The girls were really into the bird bingo...
and making bird feeders...
(well Zoe not as much).
One more fun hug before we headed home!
Glen sporting the Loveland Coffee truck shirt next to the Loveland Coffee truck!
A visit would not be complete without making cookies with Grandma (even in PJ's).
Shiloh loves to get in on the action...
and Ezra on the samples.  I will admit that they were my weakness!  However, since I can no longer have them, I have to just enjoy how my kids love making them!
So I know Ezra's hair can be a bit crazy....and I almost allowed Glen to cut it when I was told it was a tradition to allow the Grandfather to give the first hair cut (I'm a sucker for traditions)....
However, I just couldn't go through with we settled on a combing instead.
Grandpa got extra snuggles during movie night!
We had a really fun evening one night looking through many albums of old pictures that they brought with them!
Imagining what life was like back then...
Another tradition of Mexican food outing!
Shiloh was in full swing....and this was the best picture I could manage!
Then they were off down south to visit more family.  We got a few more days when they came back through headed back home.
While Zoe was in school, I took Donna and the two youngest littles to Edventure for the morning.
Donna practiced some of her new photography skills.
And there was lots of playing to go around.
Thankful that it was the week after spring break, so we had the place almost to ourselves.
It was a great outing (except for maybe the jealous big sister who heard about it when she got home).  
Ezra even snuck in some reading time.
The Grands wanted to make sure they were here for Beach's birthday....
Donna whipped up some of her made from scratch cinnamon rolls, as she knows her boy loves them!
I asked Beach to think about what he would like to do on his birthday....and this was on his list!  Washing his truck, and he had a little helper.
He also made these crazy bacon wrapped burgers stuffed with a cream cheese/cheese mixture and topped with a bacon wrapped onion.
He couldn't be any more happy with his creation (good thing birthdays only come around once a year).
It was a beautiful evening so we ate outside.  That is one man burger...
Glen enjoyed his a as well!
Then on to some presents!
The girls really enjoyed buying Daddy gifts this year.
To top it off Donna made an amazing cake (Beach had picked out the recipe).
One happy boy right there!
Donna did an amazing job as always!  I even tasted a bite and it was amazing!!!
"Best birthday yet", the Beach declared!
One more last attempt for a photo (tickles and all) after another fabulous visit.  Until next time...

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