Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hooray for Visitors!

We had a great Labor Day weekend with lots of visitors.  The Hales drove up from Virginia and Travis and Garrett flew in from Utah.  Shawn and Lisa had a full house too with Steve and Debbie (Lisa's sister and bro-in-law) and Shawn's old roommate Mark.  

Max and Nikolai were so excited to see each other.  Whenever Mary mentioned leaving Nikolai would say something to the effect of, "But I'm going to miss Max so much."  When Max woke up this morning he said, "My friends still here?"  And then in an impossibly pitiful voice, "I don't want my friends to leave."  Break my heart.  I miss my friends too.  

Aviva and Luke also got a kick out of each other.  They mostly just followed each other around babbling back and forth. 

This weekend was the Michigan/Utah game, so the first thing we did when the Hales got here was take them downtown to buy some appropriate Michigan gear.

That afternoon all the boys went to the game.  The traitor in the middle is Shawn's old roommate Mark who went to the U.  

That night we went out to eat and then back to the house to hang out with everyone. 

Sunday was nice and relaxing except for dealing with Max and Nikolai who didn't go to bed until 10:00 the night before because we told them they could have a sleep over in the same room.  Big mistake.  We came home to them jumping the bed together.

Monday we played a little basketball, a little football, and had a cookout.  Abram got to use his smoker and made Italian sausages and I made beef brisket.  We just wanted to make sure everyone had their share of unhealthy meat.   

That night we took Steve and Mary down to campus.  Here they are in the Law Quad.

We told the babysitter to put the boys down in separate rooms, but apparently a major fit was thrown and we came home to this:

I live for weekends like this.  We're going to miss everyone so much.  Thanks for coming to visit!  


MwH said...

We miss you guys so much! Thanks for the fabulous weekend - it couldn't have been better. Let's make it a tradition!!

xóchitl said...

that DOES sound like a great weekend. i imagine every weekend is with the ellises.
i love the sleepover sagas.

xóchitl said...

and by the way...
i LOVE all the new photos. you guys take great family photos.
sorry, i'm a little behind on blog reading and trying to catch up so you might see more comments from me.

Sandy said...

Those are great pictures...what kind of camera are you using??

Delsa said...

You are a very social soul- I can just imagine how happy you were, even with the grouchy boys the one day.

Kristin Mulrooney said...

It looks like you guys had a blast. I can't believe how grown up Max looks. He is a little boy now! We miss you guys.

Nan said...

Was Julia the one to have boys jumping on the bed?! Tell the girl to check in on children after she puts them down for bed!
Looks like you all had a wonderful weekend. It was nice to see you all together too.

Aly said...

What a fun weekend. Props to the brave Utah fan.

Larissa said...

Wow, wearing Utah gear in The Big House... that's daring. Jeff and I were talking yesterday about how we should have planned to have you guys come down to the ND/Michigan game next week. I'm loving Max's hair!