Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day Two, July 22nd

Do you ever get that feeling that there is loop and you are some how not in it? This was the case on day two. The plan of the day was that the girls would go out and the boys would go out. Okay, sounds good. A more detailed explanation that came later was this: The little girls went out with Busi to get pedicures, the guys all went together to a train museum. That left myself, Shelly--Rob's wife--and Michele--my SIL--to do whatever we chose. We landed on shopping.

We went to Target where I could pick up things such as Pull-ups, Good Nites, and socks for Rich sense his were missed in the wash. Plus a few other items that I needed. We laughed and made jokes. It was particularly easy since I recently took a quiz on FB to determine which Pixar character I am. I am Dory! So true. I really am. Or am I? After shopping we went to lunch. We had Mexican for dinner. I love Mexican food. I rarely have it tho as I have some picky eaters in my midst. Michele treated. It was a nice treat indeed.

After lunch, we returned back to Shelly and Rob's and sat and visited while it was still quiet. It didn't last tho. Soon the boys were home, followed by the girls. They had lovely toes to show and flowers for the grown up ladies. I got two boquets since I have two daughters. How special am I??? I only managed one picture of flowers as my camera was acting strangely. For some reason the trigger mechanism wasn't functioning. I tried new batteries and still nothing. It was very frustrating. Oh well, it wasn't as if I was the only one taking pictures.

Next we went swimming at the community pool. We were the only ones there. It was cool. We had a lot of fun. Ryan chose to stay home with Grandpa. That was fine. Busi took a lot of pictures, and I am waiting for some copies. I was trying not to fret about my camera. I would figure it out. Busi(Marsha) suggested I have Michele look at it since she had knowledge of cameras. It took her a bit, but she finally discovered a feature by the lens that a switch for manual focus and auto focus. The lens I am using is manual, therefore it needs to be set in manual focus mode. After that, it was fine! I managed to get some fun shots of the game we were playing...Blongoball. Ryan would stand about a foot away and make his shot. We would cheer and he would be sooo happy!

At the days end, we were pretty wiped out and we had Sea World on the agenda for the next day. The kids got to go swimming with Busi again, after that it was time for bed!

To Be Continued....

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Adventure Begins

July 21st, 2009.

After a restless night...well...nap...four AM arrived. It was time to get moving, but quietly so Ryan could sleep until the last minute. I immediately went to Emily's door and ready to start pounding. I knocked three or four times and the door opened of its own free will. Emily was in bed asleep and the door knob was unlocked. It was weird. Prayer really works!

Since we were flying out of LAX we wanted to leave by 5AM to hopefully beat the rush hour traffic...why is it called RUSH HOUR??? We were running late and we had to stop for cash on the way. It was okay, we were set and ready to go.

As we tooled down the freeway I realized I had forgotten one of our healthier snacks--the string cheese. Oh well, at least I have the grapes. Nope. No grapes either! Well our snacks are junky then. Nobody is perfect, and it is just one day. We arrived at the parking lot in plenty of time. They unloaded the van for us and piled our luggage into their shuttle and we quickly piled into it. As we drove away from the parking lot, and I had a very confused Ryan in my lap, I realized we had left the car seat in the van! Forehead slap! No worries, we will just call Rob, maybe he knows someone with a seat.

Once at the airport, all we had to do was check the luggage since we had our boarding passes. Next was security. I am so thankful they are so cautious, but let's face it, it is truly a pain in the rear. Especially if you have three kids, one of which is absolutely horrified that you have thrown him into this mass of hysteria that is all around him. We take off the shoes, pile up the carry-ons and so on and walk through the metal detector door. Ryan won't go alone, so I go through twice. Then Homeland Secutriy proves its point when we hear the shout above the dull roar of travelers, "LIQUID VIOLATION!!!" Ooops, I think one of our water bottles was left in my carry on. The guy was being to careful about it...maybe he thought it would blow up. I said, "here, I'll find it." I tore stuff out, and found the offending NINE OUNCE water bottle. He took it, chucked it and sent me on my way.

Ryan was very worried as we took off, "Can we go down now!?" and "Why are we turning?" He went to sleep shortly after take off and slept nearly the whole flight. I tried to sleep, but every time the captain would make an announcement it would jolt me awake. Somewhere in the flight I lost my sunglasses! Our landing was rough to say the least, and in all my years of traveling and flying I had never once seen or heard someone be airsick...until this day. Some poor boy was had his face buried in a barf bag and was puking his guts out. Poor thing. I saw him later and he was back to normal. Still...poor thing.

Rich's brother, Rob picked us up at the airport and had a brand new carseat ready to go in the ESCALADE. We finally arrived at the house and everyone else was there waiting for us to arrive. There was a lot of noise and chaos between six children and 8 adults. The kids all had a blast and were almost instant friends. As well they should be, being cousins after all!

Later we went to the hotel, and the girls got to spend the night with Busi(Boo-shee) and Grandpa. Ryan had a queen bed all to himself. I was a little worried he might fall out of the bed, and as result spent another restless night....

To Be Continued.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Have A Question

I am finally back and ready to tell the tales of our grand adventures!! And it starts with a question...several actually. My first is how is it that my mind is so Dory according to a quiz I took...most of the time and yet in the wee hours of the night it seems abundant with good ideas and "oh I need to's" Well the night before we left was no exception to that rule!

After a long and exhausting day of preparing for our journey, I climbed upstairs around 11:30PM; knowing full well I would be getting up at 4AM. Once upstairs, I did my usual routine which begins with checking on each of my babies. Kristin was asleep. She was so excited, I thought she would never get there. Ryan was passed out from the moment I put him to bed. Last and certainly not least was Emily. I went to open her door and it was locked! My first question is WHY? Second question is "why is there a lock on that door in the first place??" It was the office of our landlords so it does make some sense I guess. But of all nights for it to be locked...why this one!? How am I going to get in there? She's not exactly the easiest person to wake up. I didn't want to bother Rich with this, as I figured he would lose even more sleep over it. So I tried to fix it myself.

First, I needed to see what I was doing so I would need to turn on the hall light. Brilliant me decides to close Ryan's door so as not to disturb him. This of course, wakes him up and he freaks out. I had to sit with him for a bit and he fell back asleep. I found some Allen Wrenches in the hall cupboard and tried to jimmy the lock that way. It sure would be easier if I could see. I try to close Ryan's door again. Ryan freaks out again. I tell him I am going to bed and that I would see him in the morning. "No!" he cried "You have to come here!" I knew this was going no where fast, I was tired. I decided to give up on the door and just pray she would wake up in the morning. I took Ryan by the hand and started leading him to my room. "Where are you taking me?" He was very confused. I got him settled in the middle of the bed, and began my short and restless few hours of sleep....

To Be Continued....

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

No Place Like Home

What a week we had! It was NON STOP! There wasn't a day that we didn't go somewhere or do something. I will be writing all about it over the next few days. I hope I don't ramble too much. haha. It is good to be home tho.