Tuesday, March 16, 2010

South Texas Fun!

During Granna's spring break last week, we decided to take a trip down to Uvalde & Brackettville to visit our great grandparents and aunts and uncle. (about 7 hours from my house! LOOOOONG--but SO worth it!)

Aunt Ashley and cousin Carter were able to join in on the fun as well! Click HERE for our post from last year's July trip to South TX---the kids have grown SO much!

The proud great grandparents with their kiddies! Ben, Sugar, Carter, Savannah, GrandPapa, Andrew, Ethan

Andrew is still fascinated with that clock!

Sweet sister Sav, hamming it up, and loving the dress up clothes. I LOVED playing in Sugar's dress up clothes when I was little---so crazy awesome to see my own little girl doing the same!

LOVIN' Ben's silly faces...such a goob!

Love my Drew buddy

E-Man, 'El Cap-i-tan

How precious is this boy?!?! Little Carter and his dazzling blue eyes!

Miss Priss putting on a show and keeping everyone entertained

Aunt Susan came to play with us as well! LOVE HER! Thank you SO much for the fun new toys!

Not sure what is going on here---but Ethan's face is crackin' me up, while Drew is just chillin'! GrandPapa must have said something that was absolutely hilarious!

We headed on over to Brackettville to play with Uncle Stoney, Aunt Judy and all of their awesome toys!---We sure did take over their living room!

LOVE this picture of "little man"...dude is hilarious to watch---he is such a tiny little guy walking, running, mastering steps...just incredible. He's been doing this since he was 10 months old!

"Yo, Auntie Suz...what gives?!"

Ben cuddling up with Auntie JuJu while he watches a cartoon

We hit up our favorite place the following day---Fort Clark Springs! We had fun sliding down the slides...(Aunt Patsy, Aunt Judy, the keeeds, and Granna)

...we had a blast on the swings! (Carter, Ben & Sav, Ethan, JuJu, and Andrew)

Mr. Carter-man got some kisses from Uncle Stoney

And these next 2 pictures are some of my all-time favorites. You see, when we were little, this place was our magical play land. We spent ENDLESS hours each summer playing in the Fort Clark Pool and running around with all of our cousins. South Texas will always hold such a special place in my heart and it is amazing to watch my kids enjoy it as much as their Mama.

This is Andrew and Ethan overlooking Las Moras Creek

Benny and Sav taking a walk by the gigantic spring-fed (freezing at all times of the year) swimming pool...approximately 5.7% of my life has been spent in this pool! LOVE it. Ahhh...memories...

The next day, we started our long drive back home and stopped by GrandPapa & Sugar's house one last time for some huggin' and lovin'. Here are Ben and Sav conspiring:

Sav (always the ring-leader getting everyone in trouble): "Okay, Carter listen up...you run over to Papa & distract him while Ben and I make a break for it. Ethan, you're our look-out man..."

That cheezy grin and those gorgeous flowers! Melt me...

Drew absolutely LOOOOVES his Sugar. I have never seen him like this with anyone---its adorable. Such a warm little fella.

Andrew and Ethan gettin' some Sugar

Ben chillin' on his GrandPapa's lap

Oh man...if a picture could say a 1,000 words. This is a PERFECT depiction of the little toot these days! One second she's driving me bonkers, the next second she is the sweetest little loving angel full of kisses and hugs. You are such a character, Savannah Leigh Steece---and I wouldn't trade you for the whole world! (even on your worst days)

Also- the kids are getting SO big! I cannot tell you how many people in the past couple of weeks have told me how tall and skinny the twins are! When I look at all of their long legs and arms and feet---I realize that my quad babies are not babies anymore---not even toddlers! They are growing into BIG KIDS- and FAST! :( (sniff, sniff)

We had a blast! Love you guys and miss you terribly! Thanks for taking us in and showing us a wonderful time!

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Jessica said...

I love all of the pictures! Grandparents are the BEST!! You guys weren't too far from me when you drove through San Antonio - neat!!

Kat said...

These guys are growing up so fast! I just love the pics of Sav when she's not smiling for the camera. So funny!!!!!!!

{Louisiana.Bride} said...

Fun! I use to love playing dress up in my Nanny's clothes.

Charla (SHar-la) said...

Love me some FORT CLARK! When my dad worked in Bracket, I would go to work with him in the summer (can you say Daddy's girl?)...we would get some lunch at the Burger & Shake (or as Dad called it, the Choke & Puke) and then go over to Fort Clark. I used to go with him to Rotary there, too. Such great memories. In fact, the diving board on my parents' pool actually came from the big spring pool at Fort Clark.

Makes me want to jump on 83 and head South!!!

Hilary said...

awe!! They are getting so big!! Sugar is so precious..I want to hug her too :)

QuatroMama said...

Precious, Precious Memories.
You'll never regret such quality time spent with family! Love them all!

Love you!

Stephanie said...

How awesome that having 4 children doesnt stop you from traveling! You are awesome girl!
Family time is the best!!
Your 4 BIG kids are still too precious for words!!!

julia said...

Wonder if we ever swam in that ice cold water at the same time....

Your kiddies are too cute and growing up so fast. It is crazy how fast the time goes, huh?

So glad Ashley and Carter went with you. That is a loooonnnnngggg drive when you have to do it alone. I went down and saw my parents a couple of weekends ago with the girls. It can be tough! Glad you guys had such a good time.

Kami Lambe said...

So glad y'all had a great time. Love all the pics! Your kiddos are soooo adorable and that little Carter...could just eat him up!

Love ya-

cat said...

So great to catch up with the older bits of the family - and so important too.

Elizabeth said...

I love all of these pictures! You can really see their little personalities in them. I am so glad that you guys got to take the trip! Love you guys, so much!

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE the photo of Sav as the ring-leader - she makes the plan and the boys get in trouble ;) And little Carter is the cutest. How entertaining it must be for him having four crazy cousins running around! Such a beautiful family.

babytears said...

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