On our drive back from Destin, we stopped for about 24 hours at my grandparents' house in Baton Rouge. Besides Mimi and Pappy, no one in that part of the family had met Alexis yet and it had been quite a while since they had seen the rest of us. It was great to be able to see our extended family, even if just for a little while.
Since Abby's birthday was coming up, we decided to have a little family birthday party get-together. Abby's all about alligators these days, and had been saying since Micah's birthday back in May that she wanted an alligator party. So I found this neat alligator ring toss game that all the kids seemed to love - even the babies wanted in on it. (Even if that meant borrowing a ring to chew on.)
Then of course, there was an alligator cake. Cookie cake - my favorite. It was very tasty!
We couldn't get
all a small group of the second (?) cousins together and not take a picture of them all. There are 6 pictured here... out of 12 (I think I counted them all)
Abby even got a couple presents to open there. Including an LSU Barbie. Geaux Tigers!
When we got back to my parents house (the next stop on our long drive home), I showed Abby my American Girl dolls. She had been showing some interest in the catalog that came in the mail but I wasn't sure how much she was interested or if she just really liked the dogs that the dolls can have. (My kids love all things animals!) I was thinking Abby would like to take the doll of today (well doll of the 90s that looked most like me) home with us as she had the most clothes and accessories to play with. I was wrong because Abby fell in love with Josephina - because she was like the one in the catalogue. Since we've been home we've been reading the books I have to go along with the doll.
On Abby's birthday we headed out to Sea World for a fun (hot!) afternoon, since that's what the birthday girl wanted to do.
We swam and swam until they couldn't swim anymore then we headed to see the Sea Lion show. The original plan was that we were going to try and stay and see the late Shamu show but apparently we swam them out because they were exhausted. So after the sea lion show we headed home.
I think she had a good birthday overall :) She definitely got pretty spoiled.