April 7-10th Addison and I were able to visit with Vonda, Ella Rose, and Carolina Grace. What a wonderful reunion we had! It's been a year and a half since we've seen Ian, Vonda, and Ella Rose. It has been TOO LONG!!
Now that they are back in the States I begged Anthony to let me go and visit. It didn't take much begging...he knew how much it meant to me to get to squeeze those little girls. I hadn't even met Carolina Grace yet! I'm so thankful that Anthony knew how important that was to me and was willing to make it happen. He's so good to me!
Vonda and Addison meeting for the very first time!
Can you tell I couldn't wait to get my hands on this sweet girl!
look at these precious cousins! it thrilled my heart to see them all together for the first time!
Addison and I flew out on Tuesday and flew back on Friday. I wish it could have been longer! We had such a great time just playing and enjoying the girls. Ella Rose melted my heart with her love for "Aunt Bethy". Oh she was SO sweet! I loved how much she wanted to be with me and how excited she was that I was there. Talk about making my day! She made my month! :) Carolina Grace is a sweet heart and those blue eyes and gorgeous smile just melted my heart! Oh how I love those girls! I can hardly wait until August when we will see them again. Our timeshare vacation to Hilton Head, SC is going to be SO MUCH FUN! I can't wait for the boys to see their little cousins. They are going to love spending time with those precious girls!
I'm sort of glad I was able to go out there with just Addison. I'm sure if Harrison and Jackson had been with me little Ella Rose wouldn't have had all that much to do with her "Aunt Bethy". She would have just wanted to play with those boys, and who could blame her? I'm glad I got some good one on one with my precious nieces and SO glad Addison could play with them. We both had a ball! I also loved catching up with Vonda and spending some precious time together talking about everything under the sun. Vonda is not just like a sister, she IS my sister and I'm so glad that God has allowed us to be family! I love her dearly. She is always such an encouragement to me!
Here are more pictures that I know you probably care to see but I just couldn't narrow it down! Try to enjoy them just for me! :)
the house they are renting has a park directly across the street. the girls all love to swing!
Ella Rose swinging with "Aunt Bethy". She was such a good sport letting the little girls sit in the swings while she sat in my lap. Of course I loved every minute of it! :)
the next morning we went on a walk/run together...my first after my half marathon and knee injury so it was GREAT to get out there again. they have a double and single jogger so we were able to take all the girls and it was so much fun!
bath time was fun for the girls!
Addison showing off her flexibility. :)
just hanging out in the girls room before bed!
Ella Rose LOVES people and she loved on Addison. Addison felt right at home as she is very much used to lots of love and attention from her brothers! :) at one point Ella Rose was pulling Addison around the living room floor by her arms. HILARIOUS!!! I stopped it of course but it was quite funny. Seriously, Addison is SO tough! She has to be with those brothers!
a quick photo shoot before we head to the mall
going down hill....
OK, they're completely DONE!
doesn't she have the cutest personality! you can totally tell in this picture. she is a doll and i just love her to death!
look at this sweet girl! she always has the most beautiful smile on her face and is the most contented baby! i could just eat her up!
look at those blue eyes!
i just love this little girl!
the girls are taking off...
love, love, LOVE this girl!
hanging out in the airport before our flight back to Raleigh...
we miss you Ian, Vonda, Ella Rose, & Carolina Grace! please come visit us in Raleigh soon...
counting down the days to Hilton Head 09! :)