Ellie first met everyone at her baptism and the party afterwards, on Sunday, July 29th. In attendance from the Baird family were: my Aunt Jean and cousin Matt from Cleveland; my cousin Erin, her husband Brian and two kids Ben (a little over two years old) and Violet (who was born about a month before Ellie) from Richmond; and my cousin Beth, her husband Kevin and their son Alex (born almost exactly a year before Ellie) from Michigan. To commemorate the occasion, Erin had matching T-shirts made up for all the kids that said Biggest, Big, Little and Littlest Cousin on them. They also had a little four-elephant parade on them, because my grandmother loves elephants. As Ellie's baptism party wound down, we tried to get a good photo of all four Baird great-grandchildren together. Of course, with so many so little, it was a challenge, but boy, are they cute.
Ben, Violet, Alex and Ellie. Poor Alex wasn't feeling well so he was in no mood for a photo shoot!
Ben and Violet
Violet and Ellie
My grandmother with three of her four great-grandchildren
The next day (our last full day in Florida), Erin and her family came back over to my dad's house in the morning so all of our kiddos could go swimming together. It sure was fun to have all those kids in the pool, and it was great to spend some time chatting with my cousin and getting to know her family!
Ellie, Violet and Ben getting to know each other
Everybody in the pool!
Ellie did a little better in her pool float this time around.
Left: Is Violet under there somewhere?!
Right: Ellie enjoyed the pool so much the second time around, she stayed in long enough for her feet to get pruny!
Left: Violet is just so chill.
Right: Me with my girl!
That baby is just always the center of attention!
Ellie and Nonnie
Ellie and Great-Gramz
Left: Kids everywhere!
Right: Erin and Ben
Kevin and Alex, Ben and Erin, Ellie and me
Brian and Violet
Nope, we're not related, why do you ask? It's purely coincidence that we're making the exact same face. Mmm hmmm.
Ellie with her Great Aunt Jean. This visit went much better than last time!
My dad, Ellie and cousin Beth
Ellie and her Great-Grandma
I love this picture of my grandma admiring Ellie
Watching the Olympics with Daddy on the flight home
Tired travelers...this was taken after Train #2, so only a matter of minutes before The Great Meltdown of 2012.
And thus ended the Family Meeting Marathon: Part 1. Ellie would get one day off before we hit the road again, this time to Cleveland for my family reunion (and thus, Family Meeting Marathon: Part 2!). That will be coming up soon!
A huge thanks again to all of my family who made the trip to Florida for Ellie's baptism and to make this little reunion happen. It was so wonderful to see all of you and we were so thrilled that you could make it. We love you!