Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kansas trip -- recap in pictures

We've been back at home for a week now, but life has been crazy and things are still far from normal in Houston. Plenty of places still don't have power. Plenty of stoplights are still not working, which makes traffic even worse than usual. My office building was damaged and out of power until late last week, so tomorrow will finally be my first day back at work. Samantha's school was out of power as well, and she starts back tomorrow too.

First things first, though. I'd like to share photos of our week in Kansas with my parents. It was a beautiful week -- an unexpected hiatus with family.

We packed so quickly for the trip (to get out of Houston before sundown/curfew, at which point the police would have probably turned us around and sent us home) that we forgot a few items. Things like Samantha's shoes and Jack's pajamas. So during our first day in Kansas we went to Target to get some things. Jack got Superman PJ's and put them on immediately. We played outside non-stop until bedtime -- a perfect midwest autumn evening:

First Day Pictures

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Mo had a great time with the Kansas terriers -- Opie and Andy.

Mo
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Andy
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On Tuesday morning we went to a nearby playground, where 3yo Jack showed only a tiny bit of fear, and plenty of coordination, while descending the fire pole:

Playground
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Later in the week Jamie took the kids to a farm/petting zoo while I helped Mom with some chores.

Farm pictures
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On Thursday night we met up with local friends and went to dinner and bowling. Samantha bowled over 90 in both games and hardly ever used the bumpers! My buddies and I had a good time making up funny names for ourselves, and in the final pic I circled my choking performance that sunk what could have been a great game.

Dinner/Bowling
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On our last day the kids played football and then we went to my dad's annual company party. Although there were fun activities there for kids, I think their favorite was when their PawPaw gave them rides on the dolly. We also got a family caricature portrait done. So completeth the update!

Last Day
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11 comments:

Roland said...

Was he drawing you or Judge Reinhold?

Debby said...

It looks like a good time was had by all. You've done a disservice to your children, though. Now whenever someone says 'evacuation', they'll be thinking this is great news! Oh, and Mo? I think he looks as if he trusts and loves his family without reservation. Love transformed his life, for sure!

~aj~ said...

Fantastic photos! And it's about time some pictures of Mo were put on the blog. He sure is a cutie!

hard.rox said...

Great pictures, Michael. The first pics of Samantha in jeans make her look so grown up!!!

Good to hear things are almost back to normal in TX.

Bob Barbanes said...

Heh. "Spank," is it? Great pics, man. Glad you all made the best of what undoubtedly was a stressful situation. Hope the cleanup back at home isn't too bad (would want it to be me cleaning out the fridge tho).

Oh, and Roland? Those portrait artists never draw an unflattering picture of anyone. Not if they want to get paid for it, that is. For instance, when I had mine done, I said, "Heyyyy, this ain't me, you drew Hal Johnson!"

Hal Johnson said...

Sounds like that trip was a great example of making lemonade out of lemons.

James W said...

Glad you guys had a good time. You need to add a couple more pictures and then maybe you will be AJ worthy of blogging! :)

Don said...

You have to have the best looking kids! Can't say much for their Dad, lol ! These are great pix. They show that you made the very best of an unfortunate situation. Hope everything returns to normal soon. I'll be moving my wife back to her "real" home in Burleson this weekend. Blessings to you.

Redlefty said...

Roland, I'm good with Judge. At least it wasn't Carrot Top.

debby and AJ, Mo is turning out to be a wonderful pet, but we had no idea he'd be such a pack-oriented dog. He was in heaven in KS with Opie and Andy. We're now sorta in the market for a brother for Mo, from the same Miniature Schnauzer rescue society here in Houston. Yikes!

Greg, I thought the same thing about that Samantha picture.

Bob, we had cleaned out the fridge/freezer before we left. No choice as we couldn't chance spoilage ruining a JennAir -- those things cost too much! And the best part of the bowling names was after we were finished and Jamie went to the counter to pay. The lady asked which names she was paying for and Jamie had to say, "Well, I've got RedWifey, JackAttack, SugarBooger, and... (sigh)... Spank Me Thrice."

Hal, that was certainly the plan. It was a challenge leaving our home with no power (which means no alarm/security system) and leaving our friends, but things worked out very well.

james, she can have the title. This picture post took me FOREVER. I don't know how she does it.

Don, no argument that the kids got the good looks. And I still think our paths may cross one day, even if you don't have roots in the Houston area anymore.

Bob said...

Great photos, Michael and what beautiful children. You've heard this thousands of time, I know, but enjoy every stage -- they grow up SOOOOO fast!

MamaRose said...

WHAT A GREAT WEEK WE HAD HERE WITH YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, GOT OUR BASEMENT CLEANED OUT, TOO!!!!!
THANKS, AGAIN, for all ya'lls HARD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These are GREAT PICTURES--THANKS for all your time & efforts!!!!!!!

I didn't hear/realize that Sam didn't have her SHOES--did she get some?

YOUR KIDDOS are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!
And, I LOVE it when Sam HUGS up on Jack for a picture!!!!!!!!! Such a GREAT 'BIG SIS'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We DID HAVE A BUNCH OF FUN, didn't we??!!!!!!!!!!!!--making lemonade out of lemons--WAY TO GO--not a 'bad' evacuation for ya'll, AT ALL--just WISH Jamie's parents could have JOINED YOU/US!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE YA'LL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RoRo