[zorra loving life on the drive to illinois!]
after a quick "hello" to grandma & grandpa casteel at the farm, we drove into decatur to see great-grandma pat. she's recovering from a stroke, & she didn't have her hair done, so all we'll post is this sweet picture of her arms around roo.
[elaina held by her great-grandma pat]
[hanging out with grandpa rick at the farm before bed]
we went into town on saturday, march 9th to visit with grandma casteel & to celebrate her & shaun's birthday. they both share march 9th! elaina's middle name is ruenell after her great-grandma.
[meeting her namesake, ruenell casteel, for the first time]
[getting love from aunt carolyn]
[meeting her youngest first cousins, haley & emily]
haley has been chomping at the bit to meet & see elaina. she was so worried that elaina wouldn't be a baby anymore before she saw her! i would email them pictures regularly so haley would see that she was still little, & haley & emily both would kiss elaina's face on the screen!
[hanging with cousin emily]
looking back at pictures of emily as a baby, roo really favors her. emily was so sweet & gentle with her!
[grandpa rick tuckered out after playtime with the girls]
[cuddles with aunt nancy]
[bonding time with aunt nina]
[looking at her pretty great-grandma ruenell]
[clearly feels comfortable with "uncle" leif -- that's how she sleeps with daddy!]
[getting kisses from emily]
[can't forget to get some love from aunt carrie]
[one of my favorite pictures of the day -- being doted on by uncle jason]
[how many gals does it take to change a diaper?]
[this is a special picture for us.]
[grandma connie feeding the pity baby]
[great shot with grandma & grandpa casteel -- so much love]