Monday, October 21, 2013

Bennett Family Visit

About 3.5 years ago, I told my dear friend, Jillian, "We're moving to San Diego."

Her response was, "I've been dreading this moment."

Since moving, we've become even closer friends.  Odd how that works.  But, I adore her and her family and we had an awesome visit.  They were here in Oceanside from Thursday until this morning.  

We did a lot!

Some highlights:

Finally......we went to Disneyland together.

I was so happy to share this place I love with three more kids that I love.

And, new friendships were formed.....or rekindled.......but it was the first time our kids had seen each other again since we moved from Kansas.  

Jack and Ainsley teamed up.  Both 2nd graders.  Both eccentric.  A perfect match.

These two goons clicked again beautifully.

Both first graders.  Both lively and fun.  

In the words of Lainey:

"It was like magic.  I saw her and I knew we'd be BFF."

Disneyland with 5 little kids is stressful, expensive, tiring, exciting, exhausting and worth every bit of effort.

I loved seeing this......controlled chaos.

Notice who is missing: Carter.  He had football practice and didn't want to miss it.  

And, I think he knew he'd be sharing his visit with THREE MORE PRINCESSES.

Understood, son.

Love this....Jillian does not.....but I love this picture.  We were on It's a Small World.

Jack was over it at this point.

He kept telling me, "Mom.  All doze gurls.  So many!"

Brooke was the most entertaining part of the parade.  Such a special thing to see.  She's 4 and so into each character and danced throughout the entire event.

And, just prior to Haunted Mansion, she was done.  Slept right through it.

Friday brought us to Carter's game and then back to our house for dinner.  The little girls put on a 4,827 part "Rock n Roll Show".

Saturday included Lainey's party with lots of help from Jillian.  More on that later.

While our kids were in school or at home, the Bennetts visited the beach.  They stayed in the harbor, super close to everything and enjoyed everything about Oceanside.  We are beach-free right now because of Jack's cast......sad we missed this part of their visit, but it gave them some family time, which was good.

Sunday afternoon, we met at the harbor for ice cream and a walk.

I love this part of our little town.

How lucky to have these people we love so dearly in this town we love so much.

It was a very special visit for all of us!

Until next time, Bennetts.


Jodee said...

Wow! What a fun week! Who wouldn't want to visit you in your fabulous town?! Jack cracks me up! Love the picture with doze gurls! So cute!

Unknown said...

Jillian and her girls were precious. I mean just adorable. Love them!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Poor Jack with all those girls! Another successful Disneyland trip.

Dee Stephens said...

I bet Carter was glad he got a pass! HAA!!
Tons of girl power!

Jo said...

I love these pictures! Looks like an awesome visit, even with all doz girls! Bet one day Jack would be happy to have all doz girls around.

Lauren W said...

Love, love, love. But where is the picture of you and Jesse hugging? :-)

Jboo said...

What a fun and special time! Kind of magical, right!

Emmy said...

Yea!! What a perfect weekend, so awesome that the kids all had a buddy and had so much fun together, though your poor son and all those girls ;)

I have a friend who I feel like I am close with now also that we moved away, funny how that works sometimes.

Kristen said...

SOMEDAY, Hann, Quinn and I ARE coming for a visit. Your town seems magical. I can't wait to verify that for myself.

And the pic of Ainsley and Jack where she has her arm around and he's all stoic and serious... God I adore that kid of yours.

Monica said...

Such fun pics. Such fun memories. Such fun times.