In an optimistic attempt to catch up on posts, there will mostly be pictures and less write-up than usual this week. We were in Florida from Tuesday evening until Monday afternoon. It was a great visit with everyone and we (as always) enjoyed the beautiful property and watching Maya and Ella spend time with their grandparents.
A somewhat chilly first morning in Florida. Maya and Ella LOVED the trampoline.
Walking on the new path down to the lake with Grandma to check out the sand for the first time.
No so sure...
"You mean I have to walk on that stuff to get to the water?"
Fun with Grandma.
Ella and Maya's sleeping arrangements while we were in Florida were very similar to at home. They both slept well most nights and napped great. The only problem was that they picked up the habit of throwing things out of their beds and then wanting them back before they would fall asleep. That made for some longer than usual putting-them-down-for-a-nap times.
This toy car was a huge hit.
So was this toy slide, though it was hard to share when someone always wants to climb up the slide instead of the steps.
Ella sits on the red potty. We were so impressed with the girls' use of the potty while we were on vacation. They weren't in diapers very much and we only had two pees on the floor (and both times just a tiny bit and then the rest in the potty) the entire week. There was always a potty around while they were playing and a few times I watched the girls walk over, sit down, and pee/poop without any prompting!
Ella bouncing with Grandma.
Grandma sings the song, "Pony Boy" to Ella. Ella signs, "more".
We did a lot of eating.
And Maya and Ella nursed A LOT. They usually still nurse a bunch throughout the day, but while we were in Florida it seemed like they took their nursing to new levels. Especially Maya. She just wanted to nurse whenever she saw me. I still enjoy nursing my babies, but boy, by the time we got home, I was ready for a break.
We didn't get to see Amber and her family until later in the week, because we were too tired to make it over to her house on Halloween. On Friday, we met up for a short visit at the splash park in Winter Garden. We had a picnic lunch and enjoyed playing in the water. Maya and Ella were nervous about the fountains in the splash park at first, but they eventually got braver and gave it a try.
Atom and Ella playing together.
Trillian, enjoying her peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Smiling at Dada.
I enjoyed taking walks around the property with my camera and snapping photos. So many beautiful plants to take pictures of and so nice to have a break by myself to just take a walk.
Figs ripening on the tree.
Pretty orange flowers.
Big carp in the water.
A pretty view of the lake between the bamboo.
Mama and Papa.
Timmy and Malory.
Mama and Papa out for an evening row.
Ella, Maya and Trillian all sitting on Grandma's lap.
Atom gives Ella a hug. He was so sweet with the girls, giving them hugs and kisses and playing gently with them.
Trillian and Maya hanging out together. They look so similar!