Monday, August 29, 2016

Lorton and D.C.

The other weekend we went up to Chris' family's house to visit for the weekend. Most of the family was celebrating on Sunday night which we couldn't hang around for since we both worked the next morning so they did a celebration for Eleanor and I on Friday evening. We went up early on Friday and headed over to the neighborhood pool.

That evening we had a delicious dinner and ice cream cake courtesy of Chris' mom.

The next day Chris' parents watched the girls while we went out to do a birthday activity with Chris' brother, sister-in-law, and sister. That evening, the Army Band was playing the 1812 Overture in D.C. so we headed in to watch the concert. On the way, we stopped by the WWII Memorial (my favorite) and took pictures in front of our states.

We also showed the girls the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Capital from afar, obviously the Washington Monument, and pointed out the Jefferson Memorial while driving. 

Chris' brother-in-law and sister met us there, and then my sister and her fiancee also came in. It was actually a very nice night for it sitting up on the hill where the Washington Monument sits because there was a nice breeze. 

Poor Jane was quite tired and kept trying to lay down and go to sleep.

Eleanor, on the other hand, was very into it.

She spent the whole time standing up, blowing her "trumpet."

Then the cannons started and she hid behind Chris...hahah!

Overall a great concert! We loved it.

The next day, Eleanor went to the airport with Gaby and Papa Laser to go pick up Ashleigh. Ashleigh spent the summer in Bass Lake (!!!) and was just getting home.

We dressed the girls in dirndls just for fun while we were there (from when Chris' sisters were younger) and Eleanor loved her dress so much she wore it home.

It was a wonderful weekend and we were so glad we got to spend time with everyone. Happy birthday to all the Strattons with birthdays (which is most of them)!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Eleanor's 3rd birthday

Because all of our birthdays in this family are within seven weeks of each other and we want the girls to each feel adequately celebrated as they get older since their days are only 3 weeks apart, we're toying with the idea of celebrating their birthdays on the actual day rather than waiting until the weekend before/after. Last year it worked very well because Eleanor's birthday fell on a Saturday. This year it fell on a Monday but we decided to try it anyway. We started the morning with her birthday presents.

Then we spent part of the morning having breakfast and playing with her new presents.

She had decided she wanted to do Busch Gardens for her birthday and Chris' sisters (whose birthday is the day after Eleanor's) and Gaby decided to come, too. Eleanor decided to wear a fancy dress to Busch Gardens that she got for her birthday and lots of people stared at her, but she did look quite cute!

We came home for a nap and then all her friends came over for a water-themed birthday party that evening. We had a sprinkler, slip and slide, baby pool, water table, and water balloons. There was a surprisingly long water balloon fight as the kids took a little while to figure out how to throw and break them. Our yard looked like confetti the next day :)

We also grilled hot dogs, had mac and cheese, watermelon, and birthday cake.

Overall, there were about 50 people at the house for her party despite it being a Monday.

After all her friends went home, Grandma surprised her with a bike with training wheels that she has been practicing on this week.

We were very thankful that family could come down to celebrate this sweet girl, too!

Overall Eleanor had a great, but busy, day. She was exhausted and slept well that night! Happy birthday to our THREE year old!