Monday, November 5, 2012

a full house

Ahhh I finally got a chance to sit down and write a blog post. It has been crazy around here, in a good way. We had a ton of family visiting over the past few weeks which has been wonderful for both Charlotte and I. 

Two weeks ago my brother-in-law and sister-in-law came to meet Charlotte (can't believe it has already been two weeks since their visit!). They arrived right after Matt left for the long underway so I was super excited to have the extra help! And I know they were thrilled to snuggle up with little C. We spent a lot of time hanging around the house so they could bond with Charlotte...

Uncle Jimbo cuddling with Charlotte

Love this one!! Charlotte is so excited to meet Aunt Jenny!
A pile of Clutes!!

but since this was Aunt Jenny's first visit to California we couldn't keep her locked up every day. So we took her to a famous California restaurant....
Charlotte eating her first french fry! lol jk
There was a lot of bouncing while eating for me. Sit down and take a bite, stand up and bounce. I guess Charlotte just wasn't as impressed with In-N-Out as the rest of us and required a bit more entertaining. Mommy obliged. 

Next we were off to Coronado to check out the view of San Diego and the Coronado hotel!
Passed out in the stroller
And after a snack in the car and a little more bouncing....
Asleep in the carrier. 

The weather was a little cloudy and cool but at least we were outside the house and exploring! And since Aunt Jenny had a lot of firsts on this visit, we didn't want to leave Uncle Jimbo out.....

changing his first diaper!

He did a fabulous job and was a pro at changing both cloth and disposables by the time they had to leave. And as a thank you, Charlotte gave Uncle Jimbo her first smile!! I knew he would get her to smile. :)

Their visit flew by and before we knew it they had to go home (darn jobs!). We were super sad to see them go and can't wait to visit and snuggle with them again! 

As they were leaving my Mom was arriving for her visit! Charlotte was thrilled to see Nana again and I was happy to have the company. We did a lot of hanging out and talking, and made a few adventures outside the house. First up: a trip to dog beach for Harley. He is cooped up inside with me all day long and doesn't get as much exercise as he should, so these trips are much needed!

gotta love the umbrella hat!
Charlotte usually falls asleep within 10 minutes of arriving....after I run/walk up and down the beach. She loves the constant movement!
Harley having a blast!
Since Halloween was just around the corner I wanted to make sure we got some pictures of Charlotte in her costume. She is too little to go trick or treating so we dressed her up and went to a nearby pumpkin patch (aka pumpkins in a parking lot) and got some festive photos!

The cutest giraffe in the whole wide world!

he he he we couldn't resist!!

And finally, a three generations photo!! Nana, Mommy, and Charlotte!

And as my Mom was leaving, Aunt Nikki was arriving! She made it out of DC right before the big storm hit and (sadly for us) was able to make her return flight home. We were hoping she would get stranded in San Diego for a few extra days so we could all spend more time together. We will just have to make plans for another visit! 

While she was here we managed to get out and go for a nice long walk by the beach, hit up Rubio's fish tacos (I have now taken the entire Clute family there!), and dressed up Charlotte for Halloween at my work.

Here are a few cute pictures of Aunt Nikki and Charlotte

bouncing on the exercise ball

And one final picture of Miss Charlotte....

Thank you all for making the long trip to come and visit us! I loved having the adult interaction and Charlotte loved meeting her Aunts and Uncle!! She is so lucky to have all of you in her life to love and spoil her. She can't wait to see you all again....especially if there is a new cousin involved. ;)


Jen said...

Why do you live so far away?!? It's not fair, we miss you too much, and Charlotte seems to change by the second!

Samantha said...

Great photos! Glad you have been surrounded by so much family, especially since Matt has been gone. Hope you three are together again soon! I love all the photos from the pumpkin patch! Especially the 3 generations one and the one of Charlotte sitting on the hay with the tiny and cute!!!