Saturday, November 28, 2009

low country boil

wednesday, i left for school at 8:30, saying bye to just chris and addison.

when i came home at 2:30, i was greeted by 8 new people in the house. chris's dad, rick, and chris's best friend, jason, rode together from georgia and got to the house around 11:30. jason was leaving that afternoon to go back home for thanksgiving, and then was going to come back saturday and ride back to georgia with rick. since jason was only going to be here for a short time, their friend travis (mary's husband) came to the house to see him. mary's 2 brothers were staying with them, so they came with travis. so that was 5 of the 8 new people.

chris's brother, keith, came with his girlfriend, leighann, and their little boy, lane. they came from memphis and got to the house around noon, i think.

so when i got home, there were a ton of people. addison was really tired by the time i got home. i guess playing with lane really wore her out. i put addison down for her nap, and she passed out. she usually has a hard time going down for her afternoon nap, and i was worried that all the people would talk too loud. but she was really tired so it didn't matter.

after she went down, i played with lane. he's 6 months older than addison. he was running around everywhere.

he loved looking at tybee through the door. he would just stand there and laugh.

then we let tybee in the house. and lane loved it. he would chase tybee everywhere. and when tybee would come near lane, lane would just giggle and smile. it was so funny.

chris's dad brought a ton of fresh shrimp with him. they were planning on doing a low country boil for everyone. jason left, but we had a few more people coming for dinner. my mom and dad were going to come, mary was coming after she got off work, and my uncle, aunt, and cousin were all coming too. i think that's it.

we have a fire pit on the deck that we had never used. so we decided that we should use it that night. it was cold outside, but we had so many people that we needed somewhere else to hang out. and since addison was going to go to bed around 9 (we kept her up later so she would be extra tired), we didn't want to be loud in the house.

we went outside before all of the extra guests arrived and took some pictures of the family. this was the first time chris's dad had seen either of his grandkids.

aren't we so cute? addison was wearing her cute little hat. it's really warm too! thanks mary and travis :)

that's chris's dad in the picture. if you couldn't tell. i think they look a lot alike. it's really funny because i think chris and rick look alike, but when i see keith and rick, i think they look alike too. but chris and keith look nothing alike.

rick was all about playing with the babies. and they loved him. he was playing with lane......

.....and then he wanted to play with both of them! it was pretty funny.

mommy and daughter. she never looks at the camera when we take pictures together. it's ok though, because she was smiling at something in this picture!

lane was having fun outside. keith and leighann said he loves being outside. he just ran around the yard. but once the fire was going, we had to keep a close eye on him so he wouldn't get too close.

here's some of the food. there was a ton of food. seriously. but i didn't eat any of it. i'm a super picky eater, and i don't eat shrimp or sausage. i do eat potatoes and corn, but i know i would have been able to taste shrimp and sausage on them. but the food was pretty :)

father and son talking. who knows what they were talking about though.

lane was blowing me a kiss. he's so sweet.

i think he wanted to get in the fridge. he was trying to open in, but he couldn't get a hold of the handles.

everything must have worn lane out. we were all in the living room watching tv and leighann was feeding lane in the kitchen. she came in and told us to come look at him. we peeked over and looked at him. he was sitting there and his head would just fall. he was falling asleep while he was eating. it was the funniest thing ever. addison never does that. so i had to take a picture.

we covered the kitchen table with a bunch of newspaper, and once the food was done, we just put it on the table. everyone just stood around the table and ate.

yes, there was a ton of food. but there wasn't much left over at the end of the night.

addison went to bed around 9 and didn't make a peep. after lane fell asleep in the highchair, leighann took him upstairs. he slept for about an hour, then woke back up again. leighann brought him down and he hung out for a little bit, then leighann went upstairs and fell asleep with him.

i rotated between being inside and outside. it was just really cold outside, so i couldn't stay out there long. keith ran out and got stuff to make smores, so people were hanging out outside making those. after everyone was done eating, we all went outside and talked and hung out. i was really tired, so i ended up going to bed around 10:30 before everyone had left. but then i kept hearing people talking, so i came back downstairs. everyone was leaving then, so i just went to bed after everyone left.

rick, keith, leighann, and lane were all staying with us that night. so keith, rick, and chris stayed up a little bit longer and hung out outside after everyone left. leighann got up at some point and went outside for a bit, but i was asleep by then.

it was a really fun night, and i'm glad we all got to hang out. i'm kind of glad to have an empty house now though. after addison's birthday and the low country boil, i need some relaxing time :)