These are backwards chronologically...
Enjoying the local pool in Farmersville, OH.
Hanging with Grandma at the pool.
The cousins (well, some of them)-- Thomas + Anna (the ones in Lebanon), E, Grant + Logan (John's, my brother's, who are in Farmersville near my parents).
Playing in blue sand at my cousin, Jill's-- not that much more messy than regular sand, but it sure looks worse!!
Trying to get a shot of the 3rd generation at the famous fireworks display at my Aunt Amy's (she goes all out)... these are all kids of my cousins and siblings. And many were missing!! We never did get a good shot, surprise, surprise.
There was a better shot of us all smiling, but this one captured Elliot's personality better.
Hilton Head Island-- The Miners, Jen, Brian, Nicholas, and Will. They live in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Before the bambinos, we met in Italy for a vacation as well. They had been to this beach with their kids before, so they knew how smoothly it was with the condo and such. The boys were just fabulous with Elliot.
Our good friend, Granddaddy, living pretty much right outside our backdoor...
Playing army with the boys while Jen and Brian went to dinner. We had a ball. (They watched Elliot then while we went to dinner with some family friends living in Hilton Head that we hadn't seen for years.) Notice how the "surgeon" has on his goggles and training manual nearby, the toilet paper served well for a bandage, and the beanbag was a convenient icepack for the injured soldier. Elliot served as "Bambino Bombsquad" and wherever he crawled, he sniffed out the bombs and the soldiers moved in.
One of many trips to the beach. At one point, Elliot was inside the hole. This must have been an early morning trip, where we just left right out of bed, as there's no swimwear...
We spent a day in Savannah and ate at this pirates' tavern. It was fun and really great that they gave us our own private room to make a mess of. Almost every other meal was cooked in.
Brian made breakfast, and his trademark is initial pancakes... so Elliot got an E. He wasn't so interested in eating it, though, but wanted to see what happened when he dropped it on the floor.
Jimmy Buffet, anyone?
One of many treks to seek out aligators...
Jenna and Elliot planning their escape in Atlanta...
Here comes trouble! But we're missing Rachel, who was sick inside, poor thing. (Both twins were sick while we were there, but Kathy did a great job of keeping them isolated and we were fortunate to not get it.) I failed to get a good shot of these kids with Elliot. They played so well with him.