Well, we left for OKC on September 1st and came back hom on September 6th. It was such a wonderful visit with family and I'm not the best picture taker and didn't get a picture of Emma Claire with everyone, so my apologies up front. I will let the pictures speak for our fun time together.
Great-Grandma Allen and EC
This was the first time my grandmother (my mom's mother) was able to see and hold Emma Claire. I know she really enjoyed getting to see and hold her and she was the star of the show at Victorian Estates where my grandmother lives. When we walked in the door with Emma Claire, all of the ladies knew immediately she was Adella Allen's great-granddaughter and just wanted to see her. I believe EC loved getting doted on and all of the attention.
After we arrived, we went to my aunt's house. Emma Claire love her Auntie Vae and we are so happy and thankful for being able to spend time with them.
Great-Grandma Barnicoat and Emma Claire
The next day, Thursday, my cousins from Buffalo stopped by, however, I did not get a picture of them. It was so nice to visit with Kyndell, Devin and his wife Katherine. I wished we could have visited longer, but I know they had to get to the ariport and other errands to do before leaving the city.
After eating lunch with Aunt Vae, we went to see my dad's mom, Grandma Barnicoat. She was able to come about a month ago and see Emma Claire here in Nashville, but it was nice to go see her and my Uncle Gary again. Emma Claire sat with her for so long, it was so funny. I think she really like Grandma's soft snuggie!
Visiting with Grandma Allen at Victorian Estates. Thursday was a big day for us! After leaving Grandma Barnicoat's house, we went to visit and pick up Grandma Allen for dinner at my aunt's house.
Bath Time! This child LOVES a bath no matter where you give it to her. We gave her sink bathes at Aunt Vae's house and she loved every minute of it and was so exhaused on Thursday she feel asleep after putting her PJs on her!
She was so tired, but such a good girl during our entire trip!
On Friday, we went and visited Grandma Barnicoat again in the morning and then met my aunt for lunch in Yukon. We were able to do a little shopping in downtown Yukon, which is on historic Route 66...so EC was able to get her kicks on Route 66!
It was so nice out, we decided to take a stroll down 66, literally, to a couple of other shops.
On Saturday, Uncle Jerry (my mom's brother) and Cole (his grandson) came over in the morning. They all came in from Guymon and Woodward to visit and we hung out with them while waiting for everyone to meet us for lunch in Edmond at a tea room.
Grandma Allen, Emma Claire and Aunt Ilomae (grandma's sister) at Inspirations Tea Room in Edmond. All of our family on the Allen side met up and then my some of our other family was able to come too. Aunt Ilomae, Glenda and Stacy with her two kids were able to come down and visit before the OSU game that day.
Just a few shots of everyone at lunch! We had a huge party and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. The food was wonderful and this is definitely one of our favorite places to go eat when we come visit.
Denver and Berkley, Stacy's kids
Berkley and Emma Claire
Berkly and Emma Claire having a conversation. EC would just watch Berkley and try to figure her out. She was just amazed by her! I think Berkley liked EC too!
Sorry Jennifer for just the back of your head, but this is such a cute pic. Emma Claire is really into y'all's conversation!
Mom, Grandma Allen, Emma Claire and me
Four generations of girls in our family on my mom's side! I know there have been four generations for a while, but none of just females so I really wanted to get a picture of all four of us together.
Calen and Emma Claire playing together. All of the younger cousins loved playing and keeping her entertained. I think she really missed them come Tuesday when we were back to our 'normal' routine and life!
Cole and Emma Claire. He was fine holding her, UNTIL she slobbered on his FAV jersey and that was not tolerated! Cole is such a mess and says the funniest things!
Ethan and Emma Claire
She would just watch him and try to figure everything out. They also played so well together and it was nice for them to just entertain her for hours at a time.
On Sunday, we went to visit my Aunt Debbie (my dad's sister) and her daughter Melissa and their family. Melissa had a preemie 7 years ago and Dylan has grown up in a handsome young man. They have a little girl Rylie who is 4 and is so precious and expecting another little girl in October. I know Dylan and Rylie are going to be such good helpers.
Again, never took a single picture, which I was bummed about, but we had a really nice visit with them and getting to catch up. Hopefully, they will get to come out and see us soon and we cannot wait!
Brian and Emma Claire
Our last day right before we left for the airport. Again, we appreciate all of the time spent with both sides of our family and enjoyed everyone's company. We are so blessed to have such wonderful families to surround us with so much love! We cannot wait to come back for another visit, probably in the spring after Flu and RSV season are over with. Until then, we love y'all and cannot wait for our next visit together!
Emma Claire at Nashville International Airport. She was such a PRO when it came to traveling and made our lives much easier in the airports and on the plane rides. We could not have asked for a better trip. You just never know how babies or kids will do for that matter and we were so happy with how well EC held up.
Home Sweet Home...just waiting on daddy to pick us up and all of our luggage. I actually think we did well with packing and we each only had 1 suitcase and EC's was the smallest...HA!
I had everything organized, so I think that helped to when going through security and knowing what had to be taken out and what could pass through and the correct order to put everything through, such as getting the carseat and stroller through first, so I could put her in it while I got everything else. I know, I know, I'm such a nut, but it really helped keeping up with everything and making sure it had it all together.
Well, this is a long post, but just wanted to get it all into one instead of a bunch of small ones.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.