Well, here it is, folks. You've been waiting for it. It's time to report on our awesome week with Noelle (Dec 25 -Jan 1)!
She brought many gifts! Among them was a bag of hand-me-downs for Ellie (thank goodness--that girl was growing out of everything). And, of course, some fantastic costumes from Aunt Bobbie, which are used almost daily around here.
We had us a good old time with Aunt Noelle. She even volunteered to take the camera (and most all the pictures) to nearly every event! Which is why she's not in all of them....
Family Night at the gymnastics gym was fun. We live in an exceptionally social/fun ward where the fun never seems to end. One guy is a gymnastics coach, so about 10 families from church were there, some people showing off, some people learning something new, and every person having a great time. Everybody got to learn to do a back flip (except Noelle already knew how). I've always been afraid to do a back flip.
I love that Ellie even poked her head out for this picture with her aunt. She reminds me so much of Baby Noey a quarter of a century ago! The guys were excited to have matching uniforms (like Dad's) after Santa came. Then they started "training" with Noelle each night. What better person could you find?! She's capable, she's upbeat, and she's creative.
Sea World was the next adventure. Noelle was our excuse to go!
Take a look at my half a face: that Shamu is one WILD kiddie ride!
There were lots of things to see/ride, but we really put a lot into watching some of the many shows. We most enjoyed the dolphin show, the Sesame Street show, and the 3D Polar Express. Since it was the week after Christmas when the memory of the holiday seems like a blur, having Sea World be full to the brim of all things Christmasy was, for me, the perfect remedy! Christmas did not have to be over! Especially since, with Noelle visiting, the celebrating had just begun!
Remember the Alamo? What a cool place to actually go and visit!
It was a little boring holding our place so we could fit into the next tour discussion room, which was really fascinating and totally worth the wait. But, meanwhile, our kids entertained the Japanese tourists and we even played "finger swords."
"Come and take it!" I like that line. No wonder Texans have so much pride.
We didn't get photo documentation of all the good times with Noelle...the running, the singing, the eating, the movies, the planning, the puzzles and games, the quoting, the cooking, the free-pass-to-the-gym-ing, the volleyball social...but everyone was VERY sad when she had to go. What a dirty trick to have a week go by so quickly!
Thanks for coming, Noelle. What a great gift!
(I have since adjusted to--and recommitted to--doing my own dishes again.)