Sunday, August 05, 2007

Vacation recap, part 2

Alrighty then, it's time for the real recap. To explain the delay, we've had some technical difficulties here in Houston. Our phone/internet line has been experiencing frequent outages for more than a month with all the rainstorms here, and a lightning strike the day after we returned from vacation finally knocked out our phone line for good. It took a while to get it fixed but now we're up and running again. And while catching up on a week's worth of office work, it wasn't really possible to post this update from the office. Not that I would ever do that or anything.

First I'll write some of my flash memories from the trip, then I'll show off the pictures. We're loving our new digital camera.


  • The only bad note -- my temper. I was angry and overreacting to a lot of my kids' stuff throughout the week. As my dad and I talked about at one point, the band Nickel Creek has a great song that says, "Other people have excuses; I have my reasons why...". So of course I have a list of "reasons why" I was off-balance and quick to get angry. But they're just excuses. Jamie noted that I wasn't really myself during the week. I hope I can do better next year.


  • Enough of that; on to the good stuff!


  • Seeing my brother and his family was a great pleasure. We don't get to see each other often, and it's something I hope we can improve on over time. This was the most time I've ever spent with his wife and son, and I really loved it. And them.


  • My grandparents were my best friends from my college days (I went to school in the town where they live), so it's always great to be with them. They're still healthy and continue to shower everyone they meet with love and grace.


  • My parents were here in Houston just a couple of months ago, but it was striking to think of how much my kids had changed in those two months. We got to show off these changes and watch the reactions.


  • My aunt and uncle are kinda the same story as my brother -- we don't get to see them often, but we sure do love it when we get the chance. My uncle took us out on the boat three times during the week, which was probably Jack's favorite part of the whole vacation.


  • I got to play golf with my dad and brother. Twice! My dad and I played terribly but still had fun, and my brother played the best I've ever seen from him. He shot an 85 on Thursday and probably hit 28 chip shots. His driving and putting were both excellent, and that was fun to watch. Every once in a while, my dad would also hit a shot that reminded us he can still shoot in the 70s. I would love for us to be able to find a best-ball tournament we could play in sometime. Don't know how that would work since we live in three different states, but it sure would be fun!


  • At the indoor waterpark, Samantha overcame her massive fear and went down the "blue slide" with me. It's a four-story tube tunnel -- dark, fast and fun. As soon as we hit the pool at the bottom, she started screaming, "Yes, Yes!" and pumping her fist. One of the highlights of the week for me.


  • Watching my kids learn to fish.


  • Driving with a sleeping wife and two sleepings kids in the van, all with identical facial features and head angles as they sleep. Freaky but funny.


  • Getting through the week with no trips to the ER. Jamie did go to the urgent care center with a really bad cough and fever, but they somehow missed the fact she had bronchitis. It was diagnosed later back at home.


  • Samantha jumping off the dock into the lake, repeatedly. She learned to trust her life jacket and loved getting a big running start before leaping into the water.


  • Going to the movies for the first time with my kids. We saw Ratatouille. Since I'm such a movie buff, it was very special to sit as a family and see the opening credits roll.


  • Spending a week with family, experiencing all different stages of life and a community of unconditional love.


Picture time! No captions or anything, and no thumbnails that link to bigger versions (I don't like the ads that popup for you on the site I've been using). And I didn't mean to leave out any family members, but naturally most of these focus on my own little crew:

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8 comments:

MamaRose said...

WHAT SUPER PICTURES--THANKS FOR SHARING them with us all!!!!!!!!!

What you wrote about IS WHAT a Family Vacation is SUPPOSED to be about--BEING WITH EACH OTHER--more than you normally get to be!!!!!

Lots of families USED to live 'all around each other'--on the farm, down the road, whatever--so I think that's WHAT MAKES our Family Lake Vacation SO SPECIAL--it's like families USED to be/live!!!--at least for ONE WEEK & it always seems to GO BY WAY TOO QUICKLY!!!

And, when we all get along, like we do, it makes it SO ENJOYABLE!!!!

After we got home, I realized I SHOULD have taken pictures of yours & Matt's FAMILY--TOGETHER!!! And, I need an 'update' of all the kiddos that would fit into my horizontal picture frame--4" x 6" over our sink--so, maybe I can REMEMBER to TAKE ones like that next time we're together!
LOVE YA'LL!!!!!!!!! Mom

~aj~ said...

Great recap! I think it goes without saying that we thoroughly enjoyed all the quality time that our 2 families had together. Wish we could do it more often.

The pictures are fantastic. I especially love the boat ones. The individual shots of Bob, Jack and Samantha are perfect!

James W said...

Really nice to see family get together and have fun, it reminds me when my parents and the rest of my family would go on vacation together.

Bob Barbanes said...

Beautiful family, beautiful post. Nothing more needs to be said. Wait- one more thing: thanks for sharing it.

hard.rox said...

Yay!! New pictures of you, Jamie and the kids!! Fantastic shots, Michael. You really put the camera thru it's paces. I'm glad to hear you and your extended family had such a nice time together.

Seems like we're living the same life on several fronts.
**I'm currently on vacation with the family and have been snapping/overreacting with the kids. Not very fun, but I have a few more days to turn things around.
**Our internet at the house stopped working Thursday after a lightening storm.
**Arden started jumping off the pool edge into my arms last week. Huge fear factor!
**Took the kids to see Ratatouille two weeks ago. It was Arden's first theater experience. It was fun to watch her react to the big screen.

Redlefty said...

Thanks, gang. It was an awesome trip.

I somehow forgot to post the picture of Samantha jumping into the lake. I'll try to do that sometime.

Greg, that's crunked up, man. I thought Ian Kay was my twin, not you.

Bob Devlin said...

Great pics and nice recap of the vacation. You all look like you're having a ball. Glad there were no emergency room stories this year.

Hal Johnson said...

Great post and photos. Thanks for sharing.