The boys will play, and play, and PLAY!!!
While Mario and I visited the East Coast, the boys visited Memphis to hang out with their Meme and Papa, and their aunts, uncles, and cousins. My oh my, they had a ball! My mom was so sweet to plan so many fun activities for the kids. I think they saw and did almost every kid-friendly thing to do around town! Every picture my parents sent me was of them smiling and having fun--just what a mommy longs to see when she is away from her babies! ;)
Here are just some snippets of the fun they had...Get ready for picture overload!!!
Let the fun (and craziness) begin...
excited to spend time with cousin James
these two were best buds all week
tricycles in the front driveway
racing with papa's tractor
(tractor rides with papa are something they look forward to every time they visit!)
chalk on the front porch
watching a special show with james and reese
in front of the mall--one of their first outings of the week
sweet, happy boys
playing in the backyard in the sprinkler
and, of course, what comes next other than digging in the mud created by the water of the sprinkler?!?
a special surprise...
uncle josh comes brings his skid steer by!!!
(love how excited anthony's face is!)
wow! what a treat!
thanks, uncle josh!
posing in front of the big truck
a few times a year, meme and papa get a big pile of gravel to fill in the driveway. they kindly arranged for the gravel to be deposited the week the boys were coming so they could climb all over the rocks!
this plus the skid steer might just be the best part of the entire week!
a trip to the park...
racing down the slides
meme and papa have lots of great parks in the area
whoa! a trip to mcdonald's plus a happy meal!?!
they are in heaven!
playing on the playground in the mall
they love those cars
oh, and serving up some ice cream!!!
meme, aunt michelle, and aunt mandy planned an amazing outing downtown!
they went to the famous peabody hotel to watch the ducks ride down the elevator, march down a red carpet, and take a swim in the fountain!
having a little snack while waiting on the ducks
top of the peabody viewing the memphis skyline
all the cousins
here's where the ducks stay--
on top the peabody
and here is the fountain where the ducks do their daily swim
now i know why anthony keeps hoping to see one ever since he's been back!
they actually got to take a ride on one too!
all over downtown memphis for about 30 minutes!
what a fun day!
everyone was cracking up at lucas...
he broke his sunglasses, but he kept wearing them like nothing was wrong
meme had to buy that poor baby some new ones! haha!
over to aunt mandy's house for some play time in her backyard!
you know anthony LOVED digging in the sand with this truck!
i love sweet baby reese's adorable swimsuit!
apparently, this was one of their favorite places to eat...
they requested it twice, so you know their grandparents took them twice, of course!!!
haha! love it!
still doesn't beat chickfila, though
one day they made a special trip to collierville's old town square to see some trains
walking along the tracks
i'm sure these boys didn't want to leave!
exploring is the best part!
spinning the wheel on one of the train cars
following in big brother's footsteps
they explored the inside of the trains too
then off to the local splash park to cool off
back at meme's house they got plenty of time to just be little boys--
they loved playing in the dirt in the backyard...
stirring up a "dirt" shake
uncle josh joined in on the fun
picnic in the backyard
i love how the boys are all looking around, and reese is zoned in on her food!
riding meme's rocking horse before bedtime
what a fun part of getting to bed!
There were so many more great pictures, but I couldn't include them all! Thank you so much, Meme and Papa, and all our Memphis family for taking such sweet care of our boys while we were away! Not only did you make our trip possible, but you provided the boys with memories they will cherish. They cannot wait to come back and visit soon!!! We love you!