Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fresno = LOTS of Freemans!

We spent the rest of our CA trip in Fresno visiting with Mike's relatives on both sides. There were lots of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins to squeeze into our trip. Ella LOVED playing with her "cousins" (I think they are technically 2nd cousins?)! There were lots of kids just her age to run around with - and hopefully she'll have some real cousins to play with some day :-)! We stayed with Mike's uncle Ralph and aunt Linda and it was the ideal place for Ella. All of their grandkids live close by so in addition to having cows, sheep and chickens in their backyard, they were also equipped with a playhouse and lots of bikes and cars to ride on - Ella was in heaven! Here are pictures from our first 2 days there:
Our first stop in Fresno upon our arrival was this tasty little Mexican restaurant that Steve and Diane have been going to for years and years. Not only was it delicious, but it seemed SO cheap after our time at Disney :-)! We were able to see Diane's sister Jenny who was visiting from Colorado and Addie and Ella quickly fell in love with her little dog Tiny - he was just their size!

Here are the girls playing in Great-Grandma and Grandpa Gibbs backyard - excited to be free from their carseats and strollers for a few days at last.

Chloe and Brittany were kind enough to occupy Ella with countless rounds of Hide-n-Seek on our visits to the Gibbs' house. Ella is SO great at hiding :-) - I don't think she quites understands the concept yet - she would just stand against the tree in plain sight and wait for them to find her. Below is Addie with Great-Grandpa Gibbs...when they came to visit TX a few months ago I failed to get a picture and I thought this one turned out cute.

All the girls together...and 4 generations of girls: Great-grandma Gibbs, Meema, and Addie.

Our first night in Fresno, Ralph and Linda had everyone over for a barbeque. Ella loved playing with all the cousins - she was especially excited to meet Michelle's kids because she looks at their pictures on her blog. Here she is with Aaron and Charlotte and below are ALL the Freeman Great-Grandkids...only 3 boys out of the 14 (and quite a cute group if you ask me)!

The next morning Chrissy went through the Fresno temple and tons of family was able to be there, which was really neat! We owe a big thanks to Mike's cousin, Jordan, who watched our over-tired girls in addition to his 3 little ones so we could both attend! Most of the group went to lunch at DiCicco's after - a Fresno family favorite. That night another of Mike's cousins, Jared, came by with his family. Ella had so much fun with their oldest Hannah!

Uncle Ralph caught one of the 3 little lambs so Chrissy could hold him and the girls were able to pet him. Addie wasn't so sure about petting him (she just used her little pointer finger to barely touch him) but Ella thought it was pretty fun chasing them around during the catching process.

Here are Emma, Ella and Hannah watching Peter Pan and eating popcorn while the adults visited. Jared and Shannon also have a little boy Landon who is only 2 weeks younger than Addie and is so cute too. We had a lot of fun visiting with all the cousins and family in Fresno and really appreciated Ralph and Linda not only letting us stay at their house but feeding us delicious, fresh "farm" food too :-)!

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