Thursday, August 27, 2009

More travel updates

The next part of our journey was spent in Bridgeport, TX with my (Tonya's) family. Avery and I stayed with them during the week while Kevin returned to Lawrence to work. Then on Friday he drove back down to Texas and we stayed until Wednesday.
We stayed with my parents in their RV at a campground, so we spent a lot of time in the pool. Avery loved it.

We also had makeshift bath time for her. :)

My grandparents joined us here and we celebrated Avery's birthday again.

As you can see, Avery had a fabulous time with all the grandparent and great-grandparent attention.

While Kevin was around, he, my dad, mom, sister, and Papa poured cement on my parents land. This is a photo from my Mom's blog.

My Mom has a great post with lots of pictures of the cement pouring. You can visit that post here. My camera spent it's time with Avery and Nana and I who stayed in the air conditioned RV and did not see much cement action.

After the visit with the family we continued on our journey to Lubbock, TX where we spent the night with Kevin's aunt and uncle. Before we left town we ate at Rosa's (a local family favorite!) and visited with my college roommate, Beth. Here we are in her new house!

And that is all for today. The next post will be all about the family reunion. Check back soon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Finally catching up

So I know you have all just been in breathless suspense wondering what happened after the birthday party I last blogged about. Well, wait no more your update on June 30 - July 5 is here!

On Avery's actual birthday, Grams, BobBob and I took Avery to the wading pool downtown. This was her first visit and she had a blast!! She also looked adorable in the little pink swimsuit. People kept asking us if she was the first child/grandchild. Hmmm, could it be that all 3 of us had either a camera or video camera on her the whole time?

Then just 3 days later, we left Lawrence and embarked on the longest road trip Avery has been on. From Lawrence, KS, to Texarkana, TX, to Bridgeport, TX, to Lubbock, TX, to Ruidoso, NM, and back.

Today I will just post photos from Texarkana. Here we visited with Kevin's brother and his family as well as Kevin's parents.
We were there on Eric's birthday and he requested that Kevin smoke a brisket. Here is Kevin with the 'smoke'. The brisket turned out wonderfully!

Here is Avery with her Uncle Eric. Just about the sweetest picture ever!

We were also there over the 4th of July which our family celebrated with matching T-shirts. We also tried watching some fireworks, but Avery drew the line on what she could handle in a weekend by protesting the noise.

We celebrated Uncle Eric, Cousin Tate, and Avery's birthday in one big party. Tate and Avery both turned 1 within a week of each other. Here they are enjoying their new toys. I must say I was very impressed with how well the kids played together all weekend.

Here is a shot of the whole clan. We had a great weekend and enjoyed seeing everyone.

Ok, that is all for now. I will try to be more timely with the rest of the update...