Today is our little cousin Eliza's 9 month birthday!
She is our newest "Girl from Williamsburg," great-great granddaughter of Minnie, who wrote the book of that name. You can see her welcome to our family story on December 17, '08 on this blog.
Eliza recently flew across the country to visit her California cousins for the first time, over the 4th of July week-end. It was so much fun to meet her and be able to hold her in our arms!
It was a very hot week-end, but Eliza is no stranger to heat, being from Williamsburg, Virginia. Here she is meeting my Aunt Dorothy, daughter of Minnie, for the first time. Aunt Dorothy just celebrated her 96th birthday this last May!
Aunt Dorothy lives on the site of our family's homeplace on the farm where we have lived since 1910. Minnie and C.W. established the farm and it has been continuously run by our family for almost 100 years. We will have to have a celebration next year!
We took Eliza on an up-close-and-personal tour of Aunt Dorothy's orchards and gardens.
She loved the holly hocks, and my jewelry!
Here are Aunt Dorothy and Eliza visiting with her family on the front porch of the "new" home built in 1970 by Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Ronny.
Heather tells me that since returning back home Eliza has learned to stand on her own, sit up and crawl with her tummy off the ground.
She loves swinging in the park, riding on the Busch Gardens merry-go-round and going swimming.
We hope you can all return to California soon!