It is best to tell our trip in pictures. Bill and my dad get very camera happy so it was all well documented.
Ava got pretty sick for a couple of days. She had a fever and a cold. It was such a bummer and it resulted in us missing our plans to hang out with the Knowles in Ft Meyers, sorry guys.
Christmas Eve. We stopped at the grocery store and Ava was just so happy in the cart I had to take her picture. The kids got to open two presents, one of course being the traditional new pajamas. Kimmy and Ava were happy to match!
We went down to Scott's house later that afternoon and exchanged gifts with them. Ava wore her Christmas dress. Ava and Emma were instantly good friends, it was really cute. Ava decided to do her scrunched face all the time for the camera and Scott.
Busch Gardens is an amusement park in Tampa with an African theme. My parents got us all tickets for Christmas so we spent two days there. There were so many animals - elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, flamingos, etc. The kids decided to plan the route around the park. Scott and Katie liked to make silly faces all week long. There was a really cool little kid section with a 3-story tree house and Eric enjoyed running across the bridges. Katie on the carousel. We went back the second day with just Bill and Kayla - the kids were home with Grandma and Papa. Woohoo. We got to ride all of the roller coasters which were all great and stopped in Chipotle on the way home.
For Christmas the kids got my parents a fire pit for the patio. We tried it out and roasted hot dogs. We played the kid version of Cranium which turned out to be really fun.
On Friday we went to the beach - the Gulf of Mexico - white sand. The ride there looked like we were going through the Everglades - we hoped to have an alligator sighting in the swamps but no luck. When we got there Ava was so excited to get in the water. There was a playground on the beach too. Ava had her first alone experience on the slide.
That evening my parents watched the little kids while the "big" kids went out to dinner at Scott's favorite mexican place, Estelas. We all enjoyed the enchiladas. We ended the night with a dog pile.
All of the girl grandchildren.
Ava and I.