Sunday, July 26, 2009

Beach week and family...


I guess being a mom there is nothing like having everyone together and seeing so many smiles. I want to thank my family for making all the efforts to spend the week here at the beach. Also, to my son Derek's friend, Linzy and to Tara's friend, Tanya and to Carly and Colette's friend, Brianna who spent the week with us. To my parents who took their whole week to come here and to my mom for all the wonderful cooking that was done. My brother from Dallas who brought his two younger children here for the entire week and his sweet wife Paula who flew in on Wednesday evening to spend the rest of the time with us. My sister who joined us Friday afternoon and her son (my godson)and his friend, Molly who surpirsed us very late Friday night.
My prayer is that lots and lots of memories were made. Hopefully good ones that we can look back on and laugh. The arrangement of the home was perfect. On the ground floor was a wonderful outside kitchen, big screen TV that we could all watch from the pool. There was much fishing and crabbing off the dock by most everyone. There was many games played, lots of segway rides, swimming, reading, waterparks and Moody Gardens.

Even though there were many of us here especially over the weekend, a total of 20 in all! Today most began to leave and it became so quiet. Yes, quiet is something I long for but this past week has been wonderful.

Annabel began the week here but wouldn't sleep well and seemed very uncomfortable. It didn't hit me that maybe the antibiotic wasn't working. So on Thursday, Mel returned to work for the day and brought Annabel home to Ms. Edie. She spent 2 nights at home and also on Thursday the doctor called and said she had E-coli and that her antibiotic wasn't doing the trick. So with that Edie went to the pharmancy and began her new medicine and then on Saturday she joined us back here at the beach. How I long for time to just read, sleep, swim or whatever, whenever I want but very quickly that gets old. Everyone here were waiting for Annabel to rejoin us with open arms. Shauna her sweet cousin was so excited that she was able to spend time with her before she left. I love to see Annabel interact with her younger cousins. Also, except for the loose diapers from the antibiotic she seems to be more comfortable. Praying that all of your summer is going well. It will be the school year again and I can't believe summer will be over.

Brianna, Colette and Carly

Tyler entertaining Annabel and his cousins...

Annabel, Derek and Linzy...

Annabel and Tara...

Meemaw, Grumpaw and the Grandkids...

The Shelander's ...


Corey, Molly and my sister, Valeria's family...


Shauna, Carl (my brother), Paula and James Griffith

8 comments:

Laurie in Ca. said...

It looks like everyone had a wonderful time Cathy and so glad that Annabel is doing better. I know that the memories made this week will last a lifetime. Love you girl.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Kathy said...

Looks like a blast! Could not have been easy getting this group organized and all in one place at the same time!

Awesome memories, indeed.

So glad our sweet Princess Annabel is feeling better.

Love you girls!!!

Kelly said...

looks like you have had an excellent time with your family! sorry that annabel was having more uti issues, but i'm glad that you were able to get a different antibiotic and make her more comfortable. she looks like she is getting really tall. i was SOOOO excited (and jealous) to find out that courtney is going to be your nanny. she is absolutely wonderful! she hung out with kaiya a lot at conference and of course kaiya loves her! you were very missed at conference. it was actually pretty funny b/c after the video was played (of which your daughter was a major star!) people actually thought that they were pictures of kaiya. and while there were a lot of kaiya pics, a lot of them were annabel too! hopefully you will be able to get a copy of the video so you can see it. we will be in south dakota next year and it's going to be the 13th - 18th so hopefully we will be able to see you! give annabel some squeezes from her chicago fans ;)

May said...

i see so much love in the group pictures. what a great big family you have Cathy, you are so blessed. Annabel is so lucky to have so many people as family.

Mrs Redboots (Annabel Smyth) said...

What lovely pictures, and what a lovely family you have!

I love the photo of Annabel being helped to stand upright - she is obviously bearing her own weight, even if her balance isn't yet good enough to let her stand unaided. Glad she's feeling better.

Hilary said...

Looks like everyone had a great time!! What a beautiful place :)

The VW's said...

What a special time for you and your family! I'm happy that you enjoyed yourself and that you were able to make wonderful memories!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

It looks like a great time! It's funny, my son calls my mom Meemaw, and my dad Bumpa. We adults teasingly call him Grumpa though! So similar to yours. :)