Well, this is a little embarrassing. I knew I was way behind on blogging and wanted to try to play catch up on the last six months (!) of personal photos now that wedding season is over for me, but when I logged in to figure out where to start, I discovered a half-finished blog post from September. Yes, I know that was almost a year ago. Oops!
[I started to put a paragraph here apologizing for not being able to keep up, but then I thought better of it. There is nothing to apologize for, and I hate it when women apologize for things they don't have a reason to be sorry for. You weren't hurt by my lack of blog post in September. I am a busy mom with a full-time career and a small business, so this is just how it's going to be from here on out, so there's no use apologizing. I think this is what the kids are calling #sorrynotsorry. :) ]
So, flashback to September, when Afton was one month old! My mom had been here awhile already, and Dad came to join her for a few days before they headed back to KY together. This photo of Afton with Granddaddy is one of my favorites. She is such a lucky girl to have such wonderful grandparents!
Shortly after they left, uncle Nathan (Alex's brother) stopped in en route to a work conference nearby. Such perfect timing!
While he was here, we took a beautiful nature walk (Afton's first one!) at the Old Fort Bayou Coastal Preserve. This was actually our first time on this trail--we didn't know about it until we learned about the daycare Afton now goes to, which is right next door!
So many beautiful colors to take in!
Check out these spiders!
Up next: a visit from my brother, uncle Alex!
Another nature walk, this time at the National Seashore Park.
We had a rare daytime raccoon sighting!
And of course a gator encounter! (Not rare, but still exciting every time.)
During Alex's visit, there was also some serious tennis playing...
...and Afton's very first trip to the yacht club! (She has since become a regular--and a favorite--of course.)
What a fun walk down memory lane! Living far away from family is hard, but it makes us all the more thankful for visitors, and Afton's first family visits were so special. I'm so glad she has gotten to see these faces and many more plenty more times since--including at Thanksgiving and Christmas, which I blogged about a long time ago, ha! Stay tuned for more catch-up. :)