I'll admit to worrying, since we had less than an hour to change planes in Houston. What if we missed the flight? Most of Kate's birthday presents were coming with us! Ben reassured me that we would have plenty of time, and that things would work out the way they should. If we were late, we'd deal with it, he told me. However, it wasn't a problem, as we made it with minutes to spare.
The photos tell the story: a little girl, too darling for a grandmother's words to explain, enjoying the thrill of realizing she can actually rip off the paper by herself.
The joy of finding a book inside that's not only bright and colorful, but strong enough to chew without destroying.
Proud daddy taking photos...
...while big sister lends a hand.
And there's a new sweater from Grandma (of course).
...and then cake.
The pleasure of watching Kate's first sugar rush was the best way to start a holiday abroad.