Saturday, December 27, 2014

When the Wilhoits Wandered to the Wheelers

Still in Cincinnati, still having a wonderful time.  Today we ventured out to Jungle Jim's and let the kids stay up late for our traditional root beer tasting festivities.  Such fun!

Now that the house is finally quiet, I thought I'd take a moment to share some more photos from the Wilhoit visit.   As you can imagine, most of our attention was focused around Eila.  Isn't she precious?  Like most babes, she occasionally mixes up her nights and days.

Zoe was next in line to steal the show.  While all the children (and adults) were delighted to have her close, Annika was most enthralled.

Annie also loved making sugar cookies with Aunt Callie.  She figured out pretty quickly that the best part is snitching the dough.

With babies on the brain, we ventured out to the Henry Doorly Zoo to see the baby giraffe...

...and the baby orangutan.

Of course, Eila was sweetest.  Right, Talia Lily?

Even if she does wear uncles out...

Our next stop was the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens.  Here are Callie and Adam in the new conservatory.
Oops, I forgot to mention that Eila's hanging out behind that cute blanket.

Moving on, Annika garnered all sorts of compliments as she toddled around in her red Rothschild coat.

I know I'm biased, but she really is cute.

It's quite possible that the adornment of the totems moved beyond festive into the realm of absurdity or even irreverence

Even so, I'm glad someone was brave enough to do it.  :)

Meanwhile, the main exhibition hall was likewise transformed for the holidays.  Here are the Wilhoits next to the poinsettia tree.

Perhaps thi dwarf-sized tree would be more appropriate.

My favorite part of the display was all of the trains running through these models of Omaha's most well-known buildings.

Eli was positively mesmerized.  He would have gladly watched for hours had time permitted.

If you come visit us in Omaha next Christmas, we'll be glad to show you in person.

The holiday display was so lovely that we decided to come back the next day to shoot a photo for our Christmas card.  Here are a few pictures that didn't make the final cut.

Callie, Adam, Eila, and Zoe, thank you so much for coming to visit!
Our holiday season was ever so much brighter because of you.


Anonymous said...

Hey Kara,
Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous are sharing adjacent states with your family tonight -- You are in Cincinnati and we are lodging tonight near South Bend. Thank you so much for finding time to post more photographs and text. The Wilhoit family visit truly was incredibly thoughtful and special. i also am very grateful for your ongoing blog postings -- these blog posts are a major and ongoing gift. In my view they are worthy of permanent preservation and are national (well ok, extensive family and friend) treasures. Thank you, Thank you!

Julie L said...

Such fun times! The baby is absolutely adorable and it's fun to see Callie with her own bundle in her arms! Loved the poinsettia backdrop. How cool is that! And the red coat - yes, I totally see how she was a crowd stopper. of course she is no matter what she has on. Beautiful family!

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Callie said...

Thank you for posting! Love you all bunches and we were thrilled to be able to make the trip. We’re so lucky to have such wonderful aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents around us. Happy New Year!