Eisley is a true Central Texan now. We visited the Salt Lick on Friday night. Eisley ate brisket, sausage, potatoes and coleslaw. After dinner we enjoyed live music on the outdoor patio.
It was the start of a yearly tradition – a vacation with the Gath Family (Court’s sister Lindsay and Eisley’s cousins). We rented the “Key Lime Cottage” in Port Aransas, Texas for 4 days.
The trip started off with a 6 hour road trip, made extra long by 9 stops along the way. In addition to pausing for lunch, Finley (Eisley’s cousin) was in the middle of potty training and several bathroom stops were needed.
We arrived at the cottage around 4:00 and took a quick dip in the pool while Mike went to pick up the key. Then we loaded up and headed to the beach while the sun went down. The kids played in the sand and Eisley dipped her toes in the ocean for the first time.
We spent day 2 at the beach doing typical beach activities: playing in the waves, digging in the sand and building sand castles. After we grew tired of the sun and sand, Mike and I took Bryson to the bait shop to get some shrimp for fishing. Our plan was to take Bryson on his first fishing trip. With his Spiderman fishing pole in tow, Bryson helped us find a fishing spot on Mustang Island. We didn’t catch any fish — the sea turtles kept stealing our bait. At least they got fed well.
Day 3 was another trip to the beach for a repeat of day 2. This time we left a bit earlier because the plan was to eat dinner out. We chose a place called Fin’s, which turned out to be not so good. The seafood selection was limited and what we did choose was so overseasoned it was almost inedible.
On day 4 we packed up our stuff and left the beach. Lindsay and Mike headed back to Round Rock while Courtney, Patti and I made our way to Corpus Christi to the Texas State Aquarium. We spent a couple hours there then found a BBQ place for lunch. Then it was back to Austin and the end of our trip.
Well, here it is. The day has come, and you, my dear, are now one entire year old. This time last year, Mommy and Daddy were headed bright and early to the hospital to prepare to bring you into the world. You took some time making your entrance, and at exactly 6:07 pm you arrived. The first time we laid eyes on you and heard your sweet cry we fell in love with you more than either of your parents ever thought was possible. Daddy kept you company while the nurses weighed you and made sure you were okay, and you took the time to let him know that you already recognized him by wrapping your tiny little hand around his finger. Mommy suspects that it was that exact moment that you stole his heart.
When they placed your little swaddled warm body in my arms and our eyes met, I honestly couldn’t believe it. You see, Mommy and Daddy often refer to you as ‘the survivor’. You were the strongest one. There is much more to that story, and one day we will share everything with you. Just know that we are forever thankful for your strength and resiliency.
We look at you today and are constantly amazed by the wonderful child in our presence. You are so sweet and good-natured, and quite a social little being (possibly living up to your Leo status). You never hesitate to share your adorable smile with others.
You have the most beautiful eyes, and they shine so brightly all the time. People are forever commenting on your eyes and they, along with those mile-long lashes of yours, will no doubt be used as artillery against your parents in the future. Daddy and I will be fully preparing ourselves for that day (but you might just win anyway).
It’s a true joy to watch your exploration of the world on a daily basis. You have a great curiosity and a need to figure out how things work. In fact, your inquisitiveness sometimes leaves your parents breathless from trying to shut a door or put an item up high. We realize that at this age learning typically doesn’t take place when sitting still, and all the darting about Mommy and Daddy do is good for our health.
You are right on the verge of walking, and it is so exciting to see. You can stand alone now and we know that those first little steps are going to happen soon. Then there will be no stopping you!
Your personality is shining through all the time, and you have a way of making us laugh often as you imitate us. From all of the fun we have now, Mommy and Daddy get to see glimpses of what you will be like when you are a little older. We think you are an amazing child and such a beautiful little being. It has been said so many times before, but how lucky we are to have you in our lives.
Thank you, Eisley, for being the strongest one. Our lives are forever changed because of you, and in such a fantastic and incredible way.
We love you more than you can possibly imagine,
Mommy and Daddy