Everyone got to see how big Emerson's grown since the last time they've seen him. It's been about six months since the last time they've seen him in person. And in case you didn't already know this, little kids grow up A LOT in 6 month. Now that he's walking all over the place, talking up a storm, and wanting to constantly play, it was a real sight to see everyone being able to interact with him.
We know he had a blast as well. My sister Annika seemed to take on the role of "big sister" rather than Aunt. She played with him all the time and you could just see the admiration in his eyes when he watched her.
I still had to work during the time that they were here, but I was able to take the last Friday off before they went back home. During the days, everyone kept themselves pretty busy. They went to a community pool, our local park that has a splash pad, a couple malls in downtown McKinney, and occasionally outside on our new swing set (weather permitting of course). They even met me for lunch one day while I was at work. It was the first time they'd been to a Chick-Fil-A. Can you believe it?!
I'll be honest, we did do a couple things without Emerson. Danae's parents were more than happy to babysit for us. During those times, we went to the Mesquite Rodeo, and also to see Inside Out in 3D. Both of those were a blast!
We also go to show the family a bunch of restaurants that they don't have in Pennsylvania. We went to the Rainforest Cafe at the Grapevine Mills, BJ's Brewhouse, and Pluckers. Emerson was not all that crazy about the moving gorillas in Rainforest Cafe. He had been there when he was 3 months old, but I'm thinking he probably did not remember.
The last big thing we got to do was going to the Dallas World Aquarium. It was pretty fantastic. Emerson was able to walk all over the place thanks to this little monkey backpack he wore that had a leash so we could keep close tabs on him. It felt curiously similar to walking a dog. I thought I'd be getting plenty of strange looks from others for how we treat our child. We actually had one couple come up to me and practically offered to buy ours off of us. It ended being a real life saver.
It's amazing how quickly two weeks can fly by. But, fly by they did, and we were sad to see them go. It's always bittersweet saying goodbye when you know there's the possibility of months in between your next visit, yet at the same time there's a bit of a relief getting back to "normal". Thanks for visiting with us and we can't wait to get to see everyone again!