A couple weeks ago we took our little ones and headed to Montana for some R & R with my family. My sister, Jessica, and her family were there as well. The big event of the trip was a party for my grandpa, who turned 80 in July. We would have had the party in July except somebody ended up being pregnant and due mid-July. Hmmm. So the family decided to hold off until September, when the Kellehers would be ready to travel. My aunt and uncle, Jacque and Duane, traveled up from Phoenix. I hadn't seen them in years! Also, my cousin, Brian; I don't remember the last time I saw him.
We also made a little side trip up to Fairmont Hot Springs and spent two nights. Unfortunately their outdoor pool and waterslide were closed due to remodeling, but the indoor pool was just fine for the kids, and is as warm as bathwater. We had a lot of fun! Ava had never actually been in a pool before. We bought her a little life jacket and thought she would be ready to jump right in. Quite the opposite! She was really timid at first and didn't even want to go in. Finally after watching her cousins (who are like little fish!) in the water for a little bit, she decided she would go in with Daddy. She liked it after that, even floating on her back with us just holding her hand! She did remain a little hesitant, though, and made sure that one of us always had a tight grip on her.
It is always fun (and a little crazy) to have everyone together. It usually only happens once a year! Here are some pictures from our trip. I failed to get any pictures at the pool, but otherwise there is a pretty good sampling.
|Aunt Jess teaching Ava how to play a game on Cameron's Leapfrog Explorer. She thought that was pretty neat.|
|Everett had to stake his claim on his mommy.|
|Ava and Cameron playing under Nana's coffee table. They are like two peas in a pod - crazy!|
|Two surly toddlers eating breakfast in the morning.|
|We tried and tried to get a good picture of them sitting together, but there was always one who wouldn't cooperate!|
|Eating lunch in our Suite at Fairmont after a morning at the pool.|
|Playing at the park at Fairmont.|
|Ava loves the slide!|
|Whee! Down goes big E!|
|Ava was all about helping Nana water her flowers.|
|June says, "Hey, I'm here, too!"|
|Nana has a new-to-her, beautiful grand piano. The kids were only allowed to play if an adult was supervising. This time I was playing chaperone.|
|Play, play, play.|
|Aunt Jess playing ball with the boys during the party. Is that a great shot, or what?!|
|Papa Ernie, the Grill Master!|
|June was partying, too, rocking it in her bouncy seat.|
|Hurray! Sugar right before bedtime!|
|Birthday boy! Not a very clear picture, unfortunately.|
|The morning after the party. Can you say Mickey Mouse Clubhouse coma?|
|Junie likes to wiggle it!|