Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hilton Head - 2008

We just returned from our annual family vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina. We had a great time. We began the trip by spending a few days in Charleston with a few family members. While there we enjoyed site seeing, shopping and dining out. We had never been to Charleston before and we just loved it. I look forward to going back some time in the future.

From Charleston we made our way to the beach where we met up with my family. We had a large group this year - 41 in total. I am one of nine children so we never have a small gathering. All 24 of Lucy's cousins were there - the oldest cousin is 14 and the youngest is 22 months old. Needless to say there was never a dull moment - or a quiet one:). Lucy loved spending time with all of her cousins. Each one of them was so sweet and they all took turns playing with her. She especially loved helping out with the babies - she is crazy about babies just like her mom. She also loved the beach - we went every day. She loved playing in the sand and the water. She was never at a loss for someone to play with or for someone to hold her or swing her in the air. She loved chasing the kids at night and sharing lots of treats with them.

We had a great trip and enjoyed being with everyone. Since we've returned home our house seems awfully quiet. Lucy keeps looking around for her cousins, her aunts and uncles and especially Mimi and Pa Pa. Oh well she will have to settle for her Mom and Dad right now. We can't wait to go back next year. Until then I will enjoy the memories and all of the pictures. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Memories of Charleston

I didn't post a fraction of the pictures that I took - but I certainly didn't want any of Lucy's cousins to think they didn't make it on her blog - so the following are pictures of all of her sweet cousins.

mary grace - catherine
patsy - cal
danny - ann marie

finn - clare

grace - abby

conor - james

tommy - sean

will - maggie

henry - mia

kevin - leo

michael - billy

audrey - molly

Lucy loves playing on the beach

Lucy with Mimi and Papa
Having fun with some of her cousins

Enjoying her pail and shovel
Enjoying her first ever popsicle
Back in the sand!
Posing with Mommy

Having a great time with Michael

Same story - different day

All Smiles!

Having fun playing in the waves with Daddy

Letting her cousins hold her

Daddy's Girl
Relaxing in the sun

A picture with all of her cousins
(she's the one crying)
One with Grandma and Grandpa
Lucy's Handsome Male Cousins!
Girl's Club!

Lucy and Clare

Our little Family
Lucy's Last Night on The Beach

Monday, July 14, 2008

Our Trip To St. Louis

We just returned from a 10 day trip to St. Louis to visit family and friends. The week started with a big party at Lucy's Aunt Molly and Uncle Joe's farm. The party was so much fun and Lucy
had a great time. While in St.Louis Lucy spent lots of time with her Mimi and Papa, her cousins and Aunts and Uncles.

At the end of the trip we had a reunion with two other families that we traveled with to China. We hit it off with these couples immediatly when we met them and have stayed in touch ever since we returned home with the girls. Tim, Wendy and their daughter Quincy traveled from Atlanta to meet up with us. Eric, Julie and their daughter Kali and their son Karson traveled in from Kansas City. We had so much fun together. It was great seeing the girls and their parents after a year. All of the girls have grown up so much. They all got along great and seemed as though they remembered one another. We have decided to have an annual get together with the girls and their parents.

We had a great time in St. Louis and now we are getting ready to leave for the beach. I took alot of pictures as we were away for sometime. Hope everyone is doing well. I will post again when we return from the beach!

Lucy loved the pigs at the farm
Lucy with Danny and Billy
Lucy listening to Jake's Leg with her daddy
Jake's Leg
Lucy's first snow cone!
Party pics
We visited the Botanical Gardens with Mimi, Papa and some of Lucy's cousins

Hanging out with some of her cousins

Kali, Quincy and Lucy are reunited!!!!!!!
We spent the morning at Grants Farm
Everyone fed the goats
Lucy and Quincy
We took everyone back to the Botanical Gardens

Our "mini"China Group Back together again!

The girls being funny for the camera
Our Jiangxi Girls!
Three Little Buddies!