Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Whirlwind vacation

Not sure if you would call it a vacation exactly.  Art had to go down to Florida quickly to install something at Motorola.  Since he could only take a day off from work here, he only could take a three day weekend.  So, we decided to go with him!  We drove all night Thursday night, and came back Sunday night.  We were gone about 76 hours, and 1800 miles!  Not bad!  But we packed a lot into a short time.  I was exhausted, but as my friend Gina says, I can sleep when I'm dead.  

First stop, Grandma and Grandpa's house!  My parents live in Orlando and it's been a while since we've been able to see them.  This was the main reason why I wanted to come along on this trip.  So, we barged in with our big crew into Grandma and Grandpa's beautiful, clean, quiet house!  We had a great time.  Here Grandpa is playing games with the kids.  We also got to see our sweet nephew, Jacob, who seemed really happy to play with his cousins again.  

Maggie learned how to play chess!

Next stop, the beach!!  We lived 23 years in Florida, much of it in walking distance of the beach.  But we hardly ever went.  I'm not a huge beach fan.  But kids love it, so while Art was working, I brought them to our old beach, Lake Worth beach.  Thankfully, Widsar was able to come along too, which was awesome, so that I could watch kids and watch my stuff at the same time.  And Widsar probably saved Kiki's life a few times, as she would run headlong into the surf with no regard, and come blubbing up!  It was a beautiful day. It was a very hot day, but once we got down to the beach there was a lovely breeze and we stayed for several hours.

After going to a beach like this, no other beach really compares.  It's just a very pretty beach, I have to admit. 

Kiki thought this was pretty funny.  So did we!

Eden, striking a pose.

Kiki didn't really understand what I wanted her to do here.

One of Kiki's rescues.

Once I got her to stop running headlong into the water, she enjoyed the sand very much.

Boy did those kids sleep that night!  But the next morning we had to get up early.  We made our way back north again, and had a special treat of stopping to see some old friends.  We met them years ago when we first moved to West Palm Beach, and they were even in the hospital the same time that I had Canaan.  Eight days later, her twins were born, so we share a long time bond.  They now live in Zephyrhills where they pastor a church, and we thought it might be nice to stop and go to church there.  So we went and had an absolutely delightful time with the whole family.  Lots of memories and we reminisced long after leaving.  It was like no time had passed since we saw them last, except that their girls are all grown up (and beautiful), which makes me feel pretty old, to be honest!  Sure hope we won't go so long til we see them again!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


We began July with Hannah's trip to Korea.  She went with a group from her Taekwondo school and she had a great time.  I missed her a lot, but was glad she had the opportunity to go.

That small lady behind her is trying to push her into the water.

She said that as they toured this place, a couple of kids were practicing their English on her.  She kept running into them so at one point she asked if she could take a picture with them.  As soon as they said yes, she said all these other kids came out of nowhere crowding into the picture!

This was at a folk village where she practiced beating fabric with a stick how they used to "iron" things.

At one place Hannah just happened to "run into" two people she knew!  What are the chances?  These were two masters who had visited her school, and had no idea their group was going to be there at that time!

Glad to be back home again!

Handing out souvenirs and presents from the trip.

Hoodies for the boys.

Widsar gets the kids to pamper her.  They gave her a massage, fanned her with a cloth, and gave her the full treatment.  It was hilarious.

And she paid them back by giving them all pedicures, even the boys.

One morning I came upon the kids playing like this.  They told me they were playing "Cowboys and Ninjas"  bawhaha!

My ninjas girls.

Found a snake in the yard.  Impromptu nature lesson.

Our study of the United Kingdom included creating a mini Stone Henge out of stones made from sand dough.

And another Baker birthday!  Isaac is now eight years old!

He wanted a penguin cake, but the big difference with this cake over all our past cakes is....
CANAAN made the cake!!

And his gift from us was a new bike!  He was really happy.  He had worked so hard to finally ride a bike, but has been riding an old purple princess bike of Maggie's.  Now he has a real boy bike!

In the continuing debate on hair, I had to take a picture of Kiki's hair after Widsar had taken all the braids and twists out and was getting ready to do it again.  I think it looks adorable!

And this is my favorite look for Widsar's hair.  Adorable too!

My sister's family (minus one) came to visit us for a couple of days from Canada!  It was short, but a really good time spent together.  Here Jessica is playing the guitar and they are singing some songs for us.  These girls have amazing voices!!

One afternoon Maggie and Eden played dress up with them.  Here they are dressing up Marilyn.

Then they dressed up my sister and her husband, who were amazingly good sports about it all!

They had them "go on a date".

Eating spaghetti a la Lady and the Tramp style.

Then they told them that they were getting married.

Eden was the flower girl / ring bearer.

Maggie performed the ceremony and preached a nice little sermon about marriage.

 My sister and me.  :-)

Family picture.  :-)