Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Finally -- an update (especially for Mary Alice)

So the slacker finally got around to posting an update. We've been busy! Once we survived tax season, we zipped off to Chattanooga to welcome our friends Za and Krishon. Za, Chad's best friend, and his wife Krishon moved to Chattanooga from Los Angeles. We're SO EXCITED that we don't have to hop a flight across the country to see them any more! Hooray!

We settled into our hotel, grabbed coffee with Za and Krissy, and crashed for the first night, but we were up bright and early for a huge breakfast at The City Diner Cafe Restaurant (no kidding, that's the whole name!) Stuart really loved eating anything within reach.

We had an awesome Saturday trotting around at Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, and an awesome water park downtown. Here's Michael Jackson, I mean Chad, dangling the children over a waterfall. (Just kidding. It's a decorative fountain.)

This is proof that I was actually there. Avery and I were staring directly into the blinding sun, but at least we captured the moment.

Avery and Stuart couldn't get enough of these huge wooden chairs. Unlike Cracker Barrel (or Barrel Cracker, as Avery calls it), these aren't for sale.


You can see 47 states from this viewfinder! (Okay, not really--but maybe 7, I think.)

Avery didn't care how cold the water was. She was in the middle of it.

Stuart, on the other hand, screamed like a girl.

Stuart loved the back of Za's car. There's so much fun to be had with a bag of softballs.

Stuart is pretty infatuated with Krissy.

Avery, too.

Aren't they handsome!
I've tried to forget the rest of the weekend because it was spent hovering over a toilet. The stomach bug got me. It only lasted a few hours, but it took 2 more days to recover. Let's erase that from memory. Delete!

A bunch of my college girlfriends came to town the following weekend to catch up before Lindsey and her family move to Portland. It's quite a task to wrangle all the children, much less photograph them, but we did it. Sort of.

These two are my favorite. .I'm a little biased, I know.

Papa stayed a night with us when he was in town for a funeral. We were just glad to have a little time with him and shower him with attention.

And in the latest news....We went to the beach. No, not all of us. Just Chad and me! It was the best ever! We were a tad bit crispy by the end of the weekend. It was the first time we'd been away from the kids for more than a day since before they were born. Hooray for vacations.

Dear readers (all 2 of you), if you're still hanging with me, I sincerely appreciate it. Till next time...


Tiffany Ann said...

You had me laughing out loud. The way you word somethings just make me laugh!! Love the post!!! Hope to see you soon.

Nancy said...

What a great surprise to find pictures and everything. I feel like we need to catch up! Can't wait to see you in a week or two.
Love you all.

mandystephens said...

Hey Laura!!
I can't believe I found you on here...I have a blog also if you want to check it out

Mandy (Todd) Stephens

krishon said...

Yah! We totally have to come see you guys before we only have a day without the little person. Seriously? And I have been mourning the beach for weeks now - oh, Southern California do I miss! Glad you guys got some alone time!

Precious pics of the kiddos. Why do Za and Chad look like they're attempting to take a sexy picture together? lol

Mary Alice said...

Yay! Hey, if all it takes is a little sacrasm at the ballpark, I bet I can keep you blogging regularly all summer! ; )

So glad to be able to keep up with you and those precious kiddos this way!!

Christy said...

I'm still reading:)