Anyone who knows our family knows what beach people we are. When my nephew was born, my mother introduced a celebration known as a "Toe Dippin'" where babies are introduced to OUR beach (Orange Beach, AL on the Gulf of Mexico), our family beach house, and everything else that our family loves about the beach. This ritual has usually taken place during the baby's first trip to the beach. Both my nephew and niece were almost a year old when their toes were dipped. Carter was not a fan (he fussed), but Callen was delighted (she tried to crawl toward the water). Since Memorial Day weekend was LE's first trip to the beach, Bamma made plans for her toes to be dipped this trip.
We had a full house for the weekend. Steve came down Thursday afternoon, as did Bamma, Big Pat, LE and I. Sue, Nick, Carter and Callen arrived late Thursday night. Emily and Ken came in Friday afternoon. It was nice to have the family all together for a change, even though it was short-lived. Steve turned 30 Friday and part of his birthday trip was fishing in a tournament over the weekend, so he left Friday night after having everyone sing "Happy Birthday" to him and having some of his chocolate ice cream birthday cake. Carter and Callen were GLAD to help him eat it!
Since the Willis' got in so late Thursday night, LE and I were already asleep. Carter and Callen were glad to see us when they got up Friday morning and they spent some time playing with and talking to their newest cousin.
|Saying "Good Morning" to everyone|
|Loving on LE|
|Talking to LE|
|Checking out LE on her blanket|
|Callen dancing while Carter shares his "Giraffy" with LE (this is a HUGE deal!)|
|Spending some time talking to Big Pat|
|Loving on Bamma|
|Aunt Em is a natural!|
|Enjoying Uncle Steve's birthday cake (and making sure Uncle Ken doesn't "sneaky snake" any)|
|"Bamma, I LOVE chocolate!"|
|Cousins in the same suit!|
|Ready to have some toes dipped|
|She was NOT happy!|
|That water was COLD, Mom!|
|With Jack after recovering from the shock|
|Nap buddies--both completely worn out!|
Monday, after the majority of the family had left, it was just Bamma, Big Pat, LE and I. Bamma was entertaining LE and showed her the baby in the mirror. LE was fascinated! She smiled and talked to that baby and just had the best time.
|The Baby in the Mirror|
The entire weekend was wonderful! Thank you to everyone for coming and a HUGE "Thank You" to Bamma for organizing it, cooking a wonderful lunch, and orchestrating a weekend I won't forget!