Saturday, June 30, 2012

Discovery Center

Lisa and I took Lilly and Emery to the Discovery Center, where they had a great time playing and exploring.  Dancing on the stage was one of their favorite things.

Lilly is quite the little performer!

Emery wanted to wear these huge wings velcro-ed to her back.

The theme for the month is "robots."  Here they are "racing a robot" to see who could finish a puzzle first.  Emery tried hard to keep up with Lilly and wanted to imitate everything she did.

Lilly was intent on beating that robot!

Emery working hard on her puzzle

Making steam rise

 Checking out the robot exhibit

I love the look on her face!

Friday, June 29, 2012

More Amarillo Fun

We celebrated Rich's birthday with ice cream and a little cake.  Emery wanted to help blow out the candles and was so fast that Rich hardly had a chance!  It was pretty funny.

Emery, Bonnie and Luke


 Bonnie and Luke

Yum, yum!  Ice cream and cake!

 Emery painting


 Telling Gigi all about it

Sweet Luke

He's staying awake a little more and beginning to check out his surroundings.


My niece Bryana and her family also live in Amarillo now--here she is with her adorable daughter Lilly and Luke.

My ex-sister-in-law Lisa (Bryana's mom) came to visit so we had a great time catching up.  It was fun to get together again.

Seems like old times: Lisa, Bryana, Lilly, Emery, Bonnie, Luke and me...except Lisa and I used to be the ones with babies.  :)

Lilly is quite a little performer.  She sang, danced, and kept us entertained.

Sweet second cousins!

We finally meet Luke!

What a sweet baby boy!  Luke is adorable and such a good baby.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on him, of course!

Emery has grown a lot since I saw her last fall. She's talking up a storm and such a cutie.  She loved looking at pictures on the computer with Grandpa.  This seems to be a favorite of all the grandkids since Aidan, Ally and Elle also love to look at photos of Alaska and of our previous visits with them.

Nothing better than holding a baby!

Emery and I walked to the park near their house.  She had lots of fun running around and  playing on the playground.

She has a little toy camera and was very intent on taking pictures on our walk home.  I love the way she got way down on the ground to focus in on the flowers!

This picture cracks me up!  How cute is she?  We told David he has a budding photography partner.

I am behind on blogging because my darned laptop has suddenly decided to refuse to find the wireless internet at Bonnie and David's.  We have tried everything to no avail.  Ugh. I get so annoyed with computer problems when traveling!  Anyway, we are having a great time with Bonnie, David and kids and the time is flying by! We've made several runs to the grocery store, Target and Babies r Us, Rich has been cooking and made us some ice cream, David's brother and wife brought us dinner one night and his parents another night so we have been spoiled and eating way too much (as usual on vacation!)  We've been reading books, working puzzles, taking walks, and blowing bubbles with Emery, holding Luke, trying to help Bonnie and David with chores,  and enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. More to come when I have a minute!

Monday, June 25, 2012

I love vacations!

We stayed up way too late last Sunday night; of course, there was a lot to do to get the house ready for the house/plant/cat sitter, and then I always have trouble sleeping the night before we travel.  We were scheduled for a 7 AM flight out of Unalaska, which meant getting up around 5 to get to the airport around 6.  Ms. Not a Morning Person was dreading this.  We called the airport before leaving the house and asked if the plane was on time.  No, it was delayed.  BUT "you still need to come down and check in."  "When should we come?" "NOW."  Okay, so we finished up and headed down to check in.  We were told to be back at 8 so we left to run a few errands.  We FINALLY left at 9:30 AM--man, I was annoyed that we could have slept a little longer!  It was a beautiful sunny day so at least I did not have to indulge my flying fears too much.

We arrived in Anchorage at 12:30 and were not leaving for LAX till 5:30 so we were able to meet our friends Anne and Jeanette for lunch.  It was great catching up with them--we hadn't seen them since they left Unalaska about a year and a half ago.  It was sunny and warm in Anchorage so after we took Jeanette back to work, Anne, Rich and I took a little walk on one of the local trails and soaked up some much needed Vitamin D.  Then Anne took us back to the airport where we soon took off for LAX.  Long flight but not too bad.  We arrived at LAX and had to switch from AK Air to American for our flight to DFW.  First off, we couldn't find any directions or monitors showing us how to get to American.  An AK Air pilot saw me looking around with a confused expression and told me we should go to the end of the hallway and walk about 3 minutes to American's terminal. We
did that and it appeared that we were going to have to exit the secure area so I thought maybe I'd misunderstood. I asked a TSA guy what to do and he directed us back the way we came to look for a shuttle connection.  We found the shuttle area but it was dark, closed up, and no sign that there was any shuttle coming.  It was almost midnight and we were supposed to board in 25 minutes.  SO back to the TSA guy we go, tell him what we found, and he says, "Yeah, they probably quit running around 8," which only made me wonder why he sent us there in the first place.  Then he tells us we should exit the terminal, turn left and walk five minutes to the American terminal. I ask if we have to go back through Security and he says yes.  What the heck.  We trudge down to American, wind around the hallway, go through Security and find our gate.  Now for a nice overnight flight to DFW.   Rich and I both volunteered to be moved to Exit rows, not together, but our seats had not been together in the first place so we figured at least we would have more room.  I lucked out with a young couple who were willing to let me sit on the aisle. Rich was crammed into a short row that did not seem like the typical Exit row at all.  Finally we arrived in Dallas at 6 AM; poor Sarah had to get up early and come get us.  We were so happy to see her!  Here she is with her adorable kids.

We were really jet-lagged and suffering from lack of sleep but wanted to play with the kids and visit with Sarah and Miles.  Their new home is just beautiful and they did a great job building and decorating.  We are always impressed with their work!  Elle and Beck have grown so much since I saw them last September and Rich had not seen them since the Jersey shore a year ago.   They are just the sweetest!

Try as we might, we could not keep our eyes open so relented and took a nap while Sarah and the kids ran some errands.  Then we enjoyed the rest of the day playing and visiting and going out to dinner. 

Miles with his cuties before bed time

It was a very quick layover since we'd already reserved tickets to Amarillo for the next morning.  After a good night's sleep,  but still feeling like I was on AK time, we left for the airport before 7 AM.  Elle wanted to ride along and we chatted all the way.  She was telling me that we needed to get a big ladder so she could see Alaska.  But then she realized "if you are way up high, everything will look too small to see."  I was amazed that she could figure that out at age 4.  We promised her we'd take her to see "Brave" when we come back to Dallas in a few weeks.  Love, love, love this family of four!  Next stop, Amarillo, where we get to see Bonnie, David and Emery and meet new baby Luke!

Friday, June 15, 2012

My little birthday buddy

Luke Bentley Williams decided he was ready to be born, whether Gigi was in Texas yet or not. I know, I know, it is not all about me, is it?!   I was really hoping to be there for his birth, but no, he and his mama were both getting tired of the whole waiting game.  However, he did make his appearance at 10:45 PM on June 13, making it one of my best birthdays ever!  He will probably not think it's that much fun to share a birthday with his ole Grandma one day, but I think it's pretty cool

 Here's our sweet boy weighing in at 7 lbs. 6 oz.

 Looks like he has some curly hair!

What a sweetie!  Congratulations, Bonnie, David and big sister Emery!  We love you and can't wait to see everyone in a few days.  Welcome to the world, baby Luke!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Vacation Count Down

This time next week, we will be on flight #3,  LAX to DFW!  I am so excited!  It's been a long winter and I am ready for some hot Texas sun, not to mention lots of time with the girls, guys, and grandkids.  We're in a race against time to see if we can make it to Amarillo before baby Luke decides to make his appearance.  Send up some good vibes that he will wait for Gigi to arrive.  :) 

Meanwhile, my tomatoes are doing great and getting bigger by the day.  However, with just one week to go, I am wondering if any will be ripe before we take off.  I will be sorely disappointed if I have babied them to this point and don't even get to taste one!

My friend Andrea's birthday is the day after mine so Melanie and Sonia fixed an early bday dinner for us last night (mine's the 13th, hers is the 14th). We're missing Tammy, who is off in China with her daughter and the Art Club from school.  Wow, what a great opportunity, huh?  We hope they're having a blast!  Anyway, we had lots of delicious (mostly) healthy food, a bonfire outside (yes, it's June and you can still see snow on the mountains...I know!) and lots of laughs, as always.

 Andrea and Sonia...something must have been really funny!

Jane and Melanie

Lovely flowers from Andrea

 Our yard is full of dandelions and bumblebees!  Rich took a bunch of great photos the other night.

I call it "The Pollinator."  :)