Well, just when I thought I was on top of blogging, computer issues threw a wrench in my workflow for a bit, but I'm back in business (with an upgraded laptop to boot!) just in time for the New Year. Back in the saddle again! Several posts full of family fun are in order, but first up is a visit from Afton's Grandma and Grandpa Miller back in November. Afton got some fun gifts and plenty of snuggles while they were here.
And of course, she showed them how much she loves to swing. :)
Grandma and Grandpa even tagged along for a morning birthday party at the Little Children's Park. What fun to celebrate our friend Beau Ryan!
Alex had told us that we were going on an adventure after the party but insisted on keeping his plans under wraps, so we were all surprised when we arrived at the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune. None of us had been there before and were not expecting to be greeted by this bovine face. ;)
The pleasant surprises kept coming. There was an impressive bluegrass band playing at the (also quite impressive) Pinecote Pavilion.
The sound of bluegrass, the feeling of fresh air, the sight of autumn leaves... what could be better?!
We enjoyed the trail that meandered by the water.
Afton had fun hanging out with her grandparents...
...and I enjoyed getting to take pictures freely. ;)
There was a festival going on, so there were some people selling their wares, like these funky handmade dolls...
...but nature really stole the show.
I am so glad to know about this gem now (thanks, Alex!) and will definitely be going back. On to the next part of our super secret adventure: The Infinity Science Center. Alex and I had visited this museum (part of NASA's Stennis Space Center) a few years back with some friends, but it was new for Afton and Grandma and Grandpa!
While Daddy and Grandpa tried out the flight simulator...
...Afton played with Legos for the first time ever!
Then we all explored the fun museum exhibits. You think we might have a future astronaut on our hands?
We even got to see a real rocket!
Perhaps the most fun part, though, was playing with these giant foam building blocks.
We took the scenic route home and stopped at AJAX, which has become one of our favorite restaurants in this neck of the woods. It was yummy as usual!
Thanks for coming to visit, Grandma and Grandpa! We hope to see you again soon! :)