We spent the last 10 days of September making up for not being able to travel during the summer. First there was a trip to Dallas to visit family and catch the UVa vs TCU football game. Chris and I decided to take our little princess to her first college football game at what will hopefully be her future alma mater (yeah, I know, pretty bad that we already have her college picked out). We got an email back in July about the game, contemplated arranging the trip with not knowing when Alex was going to arrive, and then made the decision once we got the reminder after he was born. Kids did great in the car for a 3.5 hour drive. Gigi met us up there to help keep the boys entertained while we took Bella to the game Saturday morning. While at the game, a very sweet lady gave her a pom-pom and beads, she constantly wanted to go onto the field, and we walked half way around the stadium so she could go wave to the UVa cheerleaders. She really enjoyed herself. But probably the most entertaining part of this mini vacation was that we can no longer call hotels a hotel. They are now officially known as "TRIP HOUSE" in our household. We kept telling the kids that we were going on a TRIP. When we got to our room in Arlington, Bella came out and said, "This is our trip house!" She kept referring to it as such the remainder of the stay and thus hotels no longer exist as long as the kids are with us.
COLLEEN, SHERRI AND DR MCGAHREN
ALTER WHERE I WAS BAPTIZED & MY AWESOME GODMOMMY
THE APPLE ORCHARD
|Bella, Abby and Emily (the preemie trio)|
(THESE LAST TWO WERE TAKEN BY THE AWESOME AND AMAZING LAUREN and instagram)
ONE TIRED BELLA
Our final trip in the stretch was a family reunion at my brother and sister-in-laws house. It was really nice seeing so much family in one place and watching Bella and Zach run around with all of their cousins. One of my fondest memories growing up was getting to spend so much time with my cousins. It is very easy as we grow up and life changes for family to drift apart, but I will always cherish having a large family and seeing them so frequently. We were so busy running around and catching up that we didn't get any pictures!!!
All three kids are doing great! Alex is getting so big so fast. He is over 12 pounds and stretching out more and more each day. Bella and Zach continue to love on and be interested in him. Zach is doing significantly better with him, although he still has his moments of jealousy regarding both siblings. We try to give him extra attention as often as possible to head off the "middle child syndrome".
BIG BROTHER PLAYING WITH BABY BROTHER
ALEX BEING CUTE AS A BUTTON