We arrived in Jacksonville around 6:30 p.m., checked into our hotel, and headed to St. John's Town Center for dinner (Chick-fil-a) and walking around.
It was nice and chilly, and Sydney insisted on holding Lorelei's hand the whole time (very sweet, but also a little unsettling since her grip can be vice-like).
All four of us sleeping in the same hotel room was interesting, especially since it was Sydney's first hotel stay not sleeping in the Pack 'n' Play. She mistakenly thought we were having a slumber party.
We attended our old church in Jacksonville on Sunday morning (it was amazing to see our friends), and then continued our trip south to WPB.
We arrived in WPB around 5:00 p.m., and were greeted by Chet's parents, Chet's sister (Jenni) and her kiddos (Tyler, Jacob, and Hailey), and Chet's brother (Todd) and his wife (Raquel) and their little boy (Aubrey). It was a lot of fun to have all of the cousins under one roof! I feel like I have to mention the ages of all the cousins, since Chet's parents gained five grandchildren in a span of 29 months:
- Tyler - 7
- Jacob - 3.5 (8 months older than Sydney)
- Sydney - 2.75
- Hailey - 2 (8 months younger than Sydney)
- Aubrey - 17 months (8 months younger than Hailey)
- Lorelei - 12 months (5 months younger than Aubrey)
|Cousin Bath Time|
|Jacob, Aubrey, Tyler, and Sydney|
|Tyler and Sydney|
|Hailey and Aunt Raquel|
|Aunt Carol and Lorelei|
The next day, Monday, was Lorelei's birthday party. We ate fried chicken for dinner and had Publix cake (I miss shopping at Publix so much)!
My friend Emily handmade this gorgeous birthday banner for her daughter and let me borrow it!
I loved these pumpkin lanterns I found at Party City:
$1 bin plates from Target:
The balloons were a huge hit:
A couple of present-opening pictures:
Cake (I was going for a Fall theme):
Jenni and her three munchkins headed back home on Tuesday. Sydney played in Grammy's beautiful backyard and fed the ducks before nap time, and Chet and I took the girls to the mall in the afternoon after nap time. We only made it as far as the giant play area right outside JC Penny (where we parked), ha!
Chet took all of the outdoor pictures; I thought he did a great job!
|Lor at the Mall|
Thursday we packed up and headed back west (well, north, then west). We stayed in Tallahassee Thursday night (I had never been there, but would love to visit again someday!), and arrived back home Friday evening.
We had an amazing visit, and were a little sad to return to the real world this week!