Thursday, April 23, 2009
Nick and I took turns driving. Both of the girls were ill. Reilly passed out while waiting in the McDonald's bathroom line. She ended up with a knot on her forehead and a gash just above her lip (see photo below). After that frightening experience we made our way to the half way point, which was El Paso, Texas and stayed at a Marriott Inn for 11 hours so that we could get some REAL sleep. While we were there both of the girls had stomach flu symptoms... I was so glad we were at a hotel and not in the car! At about 8 p.m. we left El Paso and drove through New Mexico, Arizona, and entered California. We arrived at National Car Rental in San Diego on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (Cali time) to return the van which was due by 11 a.m. We didn't get to good old Bakersfield until 5:50 p.m Saturday. It was a long trip. I think that if there's a "next time" I'm flying.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Aidan's baseball game.
Maddy and I arrived back in Bakersfield from our Chico trip on April 2nd. We unpacked and did a load of laundry so that we could re-pack for our trip to The Woodlands, Texas to visit the Becky, Justin, and their four boys. We left Bakersfield on April 3rd at 11 a.m. and arrived in San Diego at about 3:30 p.m. We met Natalie and her kiddos at their home in SD, packed up the van rental, and left for Texas at about 5:00 p.m. We took turns driving and sleeping while the kids played video games, colored, and watched a dvd. We traveled across the California, Arizona, New Mexico, & Texas borders. It took us 23 hours including stops to get from Natalie's house in San Diego to Beck's in The Woodlands. The 23 hours seemed to sail on by without a hitch. It seemed that before we knew it we were in Becky's front yard. If only our trip back to Cali was as smooth as our trip over. Our trip back was to say the least, an adventure... we had 2 drivers and 2 sick children. I'll save that story for another day.
I should have more pictures to post when the photo cd arrives.
Maddy's Favorite Things List (in no particular order):
3. Purses or anything she can put over her shoulder and haul around like a purse.
5. Going Outside
6. Taking a Bath
7. Being Chased
8. A Warm Bottle of Milk
9. Drinking Diluted Apple Juice All Day Long
10. Reilly (her big sis)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Maddy found some one just her size to dance with (Bobby's sister's little boy).Maddy getting piano lessons at the end of the evening from a fellow fireman.
Had it not been for the bib in her hands I wouldn't have found her as soon as I did. I was in our office that has windows that look out to the rest of our home and I heard what sounded like crumbling paper. I went to check on the sound and found Maddy sitting on her knees on the top of our table. The source of the paper-like sound was the crinkling plastic bib rubbing the dirt across the table.She makes each day an adventure and helps me to appreciate the small things in life. Like the joy of playing in the dirt.