Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

This weekend, Zayde and I went to Zack's family's lake house for Labor Day. Zack left Thursday morning for Texas to help out with the Hurricane Gustav evacuation, so he was unable to join us. However, Zayde and I did enjoy our weekend! There are 4 grandkids on Zack's side of the family. Zack's younger sister, Jeana (who has 18 month old, Eli) has lived in Maryland & California for the past 4 years. Her husband, Stanley, is in the Marines and is now in Japan. Jeana is back home while Stan is overseas- we wish he could be here with us, too! This was only the 2nd time we have had all four grandkids together- it was great!

Zayde playing with the big kids!
Tyler-5 and Chloe-3

Eli and Zayde playing together!

Eli and Zayde are only 4 weeks apart- it was so much fun watching them play and laugh together. Eli was born with Down Syndrome and many medical complications. He has been in and out of the hospital his entire life, but is doing very well now. He is still on a ventilator, oxygen and feeding tube, but that doesn't slow him down a bit! He is so active and has the sweetest personality- he is such a cutie!

Aunt Amy and Eli...

Zayde and Eli

Swimming at the lake...

...still my little climber!

Although it was pretty humid, Eli enjoyed being outside and watching the kiddos play.

Night-time campfire... is possible to spend the weekend on the lake and not make smores?

Tyler enjoys his smore!

Mommy (Jeana) and Eli playing...

Jessie (Zack's older sister) roasts a marshmallow.

Aunt Jessie and Eli

Zayde: "What's that?"

I can't resist those big blue eyes!

Tyler, Jeana, Holly, Zayde, Amy

Amy, Jessie, Jeana- we had SUCH A BLAST this weekend!

Jessie and Jeana are so much fun, always joking around and being silly. Jessie and I were best friends in high school before Zack and I started dating, so hanging out with them reminds me of the good 'ol days! I'm sure I could find an old picture of the three of us in high school if started looking...

Memaw and Eli enjoying the shade.

Mommy and Zayde

Aunt Holly (Zack's youngest sister- 13) and Chloe

...like I said, always goofing around!

Zayde loves his beach ball.

Tyler was an excellent swimmer!

Chloe loves the water- this girl has no fear!

Zayde enjoyed riding on his baby raft- he almost fell asleep!

The Grandkids:
Eli-18mo, Tyler-5, Chloe-3, Zayde-19mo

We hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!


Mandy said...

What a fun weekend! I am so glad to hear that Eli is doing good! He sure is a cutepie!! Zayde is getting so big and I agree, I couldn't resist those big blue eyes either!

Mandy said...

oops...cutie pie!

Julie said...

These were really neat pictures. I could tell you guys had tons of fun. Zayde is getting so big and I loved the little wavy curl in the back!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. Very cute pictures!

{i}Post said...

What fun! Hope Zach had a safe trip helping out.

Faith said...

What a fun family weekend. That little Eli is precious and I think his grin could light up a room! So glad ya'll had a great time!

P.S. Thank you SO much for your prayers =)

Kim said...

That looks like so much fun! We did not make it to the lake at all this summer. But you really have me wanting some smores now!

Jessica said...

Eli and Jeana look great! I haven't seen Jeana in ages, but she looks exactly the same- young and beautiful!
Glad you had fun! : )

The Holloway Family said...

Eli is such a little cutie--all 4 of the Hickman grandbabies are! :) I LOVE Zayde's hair all spiked up!

Staci said...

How fun!! Zayde just gets cuter and cuter every post! So glad you got in a mini vacation. I was sick all weekend :(

THE PIXLER'S said...

What a cute group of kids. They are all so precious and I am so glad to see Eli out of the hospital. I have been meaning to ask about him since I read the post about you going to Little Rock to see him. You guys are such a cute family with everybody getting along so great. Glad you guys had a good labor day.

Cassie said... said...

What a little doll Eli is. And what a blessing that Zade will have someone with special needs to know and love as he grows. My heart is always touched when I see how children can love without condition.

destiny said...

Wow..what a fun time!! I'm sure Z. liked playing with all the kiddos! That little Eli is precious! He is all smiles!

pinkmommy said...

What sweet pictures!

"J" said...

Looks like yall had a WONDERFUL Labor Day!!!! We spent all our time working on the house! No lake fun for us! =(

I love all the pics! I love the blue eye pic of Zayde!!!!!!