JinJin came to celebrate, and I always welcome help in the area of baby feeding.
I call Gabbi "Little Bird", especially when she is eating. I think she looks at you like a baby bird and opens her mouth ready for the next bite.
Next we have Aunt Bonnie, and her friend/ teacher friend, Joan. Joan's son is Logan, who I later met and is Madison's best friend.
This is the baby Raborn in the Eddie/Marina clan. This is Tucker. If you recall, he, Maggie,and Jake were all only a month apart.
We even got the big boys to come with us.
And Marina, kindly, realized I am never in the group pictures,and said, "Go over there with Jordan, and I will take YOUR picture." Jordan is the middle Raborn in the Eddie/ Marina clan. She is also in high school, but, ummm... what?? 2 more years?!
Here, we have Madison, his cousin to the Bonnie side, Masie, and his maternal grandmother. As is usually the case with our weird group, we just all THINK we are kin. I get to things like this and reality hits. I am like, WHo is that? WHo is that? They are kin to the other side! Remember these are STACI's in-laws, but we just party on like one big happy group!
For some reason, Masie and Gabbi always take super cute pictures together. Awwww, and Gabbi's eyes look kinda straight!
PawPaw Raborn had him some Gabbi time too. I love this little dress. It was made by a woman on Etsy. I would love to give her props, but I don't have a clue who it was. I have an all white one too, that we will be taking with us to the beach next week. Woooo Hoooo.. It is summer!
Meanwhile, in the backyard!
Ellie has found the slide.AND the rings!
AND the swings! Can you believe the kid can get in a swing? Remember, she is not two yet! People always think she is older than she is because of all the crazy things she can do. However, when most people actually meet her, they can't believe how SMALL she is, if they are blog followers. Apparently the Puter does add 10 pounds, and about 6 inches?! Ellie's actually a shkrimp! Yes, I meant Shkrimp!
OH, these are pretty priceless! This is Maddi protesting about Ellie wanting to come down the slide. Maddi apparently ONLY wanted to climb UP the slide. (vs. the ladder!) As Ellie would head down anyway, Maddi would voice her disdain!
Look at those eyes. THe girl can shoot a LOOK!
Ellie absolutely LOVED the swings. I hope there are some at the beach, and if so, DeeDee and Granddad, pack your tennis shoes! SHe would stay on those things all day if I let her!
Maggie did pushin' duty! They got a bit "vigorous" at one point, and I had to shut er down. Ellie didn't mind, but mom's blood pressure was slowly rising watching it!
Here is the whole crew. Looks fun, huh? Oh, and see if you can find Maddi. See? I told you!
Sweet, sweet Gabbi Girl, watched in the wings.
NO lie. She is just always this pleasant. Oh, except maybe when she is being put down.
Gabbi Girl acts like her back is sore! If you are holding her, DO NOT think about putting her down! My baby child is a weeeeeee bit spoiled!
and unlike most babies who just whimper. This one can actually curl the lip, turn on the cry and make REAL tears! She is heartbroken if you put her down. Silly ol' kid.
It was a long day. Check out little Madid's do. That girl has some crazy hair! Staci keeps getting it cut into the closest thing to a bob she can to try and get it under control. THen, again... look at that "texture" in Staci's ! Apple don't fall far from the tree!
And finally, presents! I gave Madison a Flip camera cause all high school grads need a pocket sized video camera! Actually, he is going on a mission trip to the Ukraine this summer, and I thought it would be a cool thing to have along!
Happy graduation, Madison. We love you and are proud of the young man you have become. Best wishes for a very fulfilled life. Let MMPT's mission statement lead you...
Joyfully use your gifts to brighten the lives of others.