Archive for May, 2010

The Adventure Begins..

Monday, May 31st, 2010

At this point everyone’s pitching in for driving…

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2 days into our trip…we made it to Harry’s family farm last night. The temperature dropped 20 degrees and there is no humidity!

Day 1 highlights:
Houston to OKC: 8 hrs 5 min, 479 miles, 59 mph avg
(Time is per the Nissan Trip Computer, equals engine running time only)

Spent morning finishing up around the house getting it all organized, intended to leave prior to lunchtime. Officially got on the road about 1 p.m.

Last stop in Houston – Taco Cabana!

Last stop in Texas – Arby’s in Gainsville (healthy eating on this trip) which is about 6 miles from the OK border and seems to be our regular stop on any trip this direction. They have a playground which helps expend some energy.

Crossed the border of Texas at 5 hrs & 5 min. It was too dark to take pictures crossing into Oklahoma (ok I admit it was in my camera bag most of the day!)

Memo to Oklahoma: I-35 is a friggin interstate – which means at least 2 lanes of travel in each direction. In the 13 years Harry has been in Texas there has always a 10-mile stretch of narrow 2 lane speed limit 50 construction between the TX and KS borders.

Arrived at hotel in Yukon, which is in Canadian County, and the Canadian Valley Hospital was across the street. This was not planned.

Day 2 Highlights:
OKC to the farm: 6 hrs 23 min, 369 miles, 57.8 mph avg
2-Day Totals: 14 hrs 28 min, 848 miles

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little hotel bed jumping before we headed out

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Jonah prefered to spin in the chair

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Pictures with the natives…

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Lunch stop at Lake Ft Supply, Oklahoma
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The kids played with their food

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Note the phyiscal effort required to scrape the Oklahoma bugs from the windshield

Photobucket Everyone was in good spirits – so Jonah decided to get some ink.

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Jonah thinks he’s the third twin sometimes. This was at Boot Hill in Dodge City, Harry hadn’t actually been there yet, check that off the Bucket List.

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Harry forgot that the speedo was not reading metric.

No travel tomorrow – rest day at the Farm.

Kinder Graduation 2010

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Today I am happy, today I am sad. For lots of reasons, my twins are no longer babies (yes I figured out that one a while back). Pardon the lack of focus, it was the emotional teariness of the whole thing.

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They were so excited for this day and there were times I wasn’t sure we would get here or not. Harry and I high-fived each other on making it this far before we arrived today. What’s more amazing is their pants made it this far – took some searching to find two pairs with knees intact.

Photobucket Logan was truly happy to be here today – lots of smiles & thumbs up

The boys loved school this year, not only do they attend a great school but their friends are amazing. We are so very sad that we will not be with them next year…
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These two did a great job of keeping Isaac in line and being “Momma Hens” to him. They ruled the roost and he was perfectly fine with that.

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We were entertained by several songs and then they played their recorders (little clarinet like instruments) and actually did pretty well!

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Note Mr. H on the left with his PERFECT ATTENDANCE – in Kindergarten. Whatever vitamins he’s taking we should get some.

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Isaac received a special award for showing/sharing his Christianity with others.

This is where I lost it.
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We will miss all of you (you know who YOU are!)

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our friends at school are so important to us…
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yup that is more like it…

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It is amazing how important friends become in our lives even at such a young age

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they stay in our hearts forever

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and mean so much more than they may even know

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Now I know some of these ladies may not like that I posted this picture but it means so much to me. I have had the honor of getting to know each of you this year and I look forward to our return and having our children grow up together.

J.H. – Don’t stop shooting, you are an amazing photographer and when I get back we WILL get together and go shoot for fun!

E.S. – I love your candor and talking to you about parenting, listening to your stories is what makes our “GNO” worth it!

P.M. – YOU are an amazing Mom, Wife and Friend. Where you find the energy I will never know but it is truly inspirational! I’ll be waiting for pictures…

A.M. – Ok you just flat out CRACK me up. Your honesty along with that quick wit, no one can ever have too many friends to just laugh with.

A.T. – My dear friend with wisdom beyond her years, you have been such a great friend to me this year. Talking to you almost daily has become a habit I don’t plan on breaking. Like I said, the distance will not affect our friendship.

You are all great parents, the proof is in each one of your kids. Our family loves them all!!

One chapter had ended, yet another one begins!

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Oh the difference a year makes

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I really have no business blogging today when I have several loads of laundry to fold, a dishwasher to unload my house is in shambles as we get ready for Canada but I was able to talk Harry into putting on his tux in 90 degree weather and stand in the garage…one more time.

Remember this?
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one year later…

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And because I haven’t done an update on the little one, here are just a couple things about Jonah at (almost) 17 months:

  • He has built in manners, can blow his own nose and can empty a box of wipes or Kleenex in no time flat.
  • Always says grace, and keeps us in line if we forget.
  • Screams “Momma!!!” at the top of his lungs…all.the.time
  • drives his big brothers crazy and gets away with it
  • loves watching Thomas the Tank Engine
  • plays outside in the sandbox for hours
  • has to “dip” all of his food in something to eat it
  • loves bubbles, will ask for them all day.
  • can pretty much make every farm animal sound
  • thinks he is a beagle dog (like Pia next door!)
  • takes a great two hour nap everyday and goes down with no problem
  • loves to color on my walls, windows, doors, tile floors with any marker, crayon or pencil his big brothers leave around
  • favorite song in the car is MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” he about dances himself out of his car seat
  • Thinks marshmallows are the best and will stand at the pantry door begging for them.
    • I’m sure there are 100 other things I am not remembering but he is screaming Momma again and needs my attention!! We will be blogging from the road next week to document our adventure so stay tuned!

      Dear Harry,

      Monday, May 3rd, 2010

      So while you are here

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      I spent the day keepiing this one from eating things he shouldn’t…
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      and while you were busy exploring this town
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      The boys and I were busy building one,
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      I can only imagine what it was like to be there…
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      as you already know what it is like to live with these nuts…
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      Lake Louise is beautiful Harry, even when it is melting!
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      And so were the castles guarded by Star War’s figures with extra long light sabers
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      We can’t wait to explore all of this with you, thank you for taking pictures, even of these Rocky Mountain Sheep. Jonah started barking when he saw them! I guess they look like dogs…to a 16 month old!
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      and in case you were wondering, here are a picture of the “dogs” at our house.
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      I miss you, can’t wait for you to come home

      love, love, love….