Monday, August 27, 2007
Well, we made it home safe and sound. It feels good to be home, but boy did we have a great time! Many thanks to Tim, Brenda, Emilea, and Ashlea for making it a great trip. We have many great memories of our vacation together.
A special thank you to Chad, Julie and Heidi for making the vacation happen! We love you all and look forward to seeing you again very soon.
I suppose it's time to get back to reality. Until next time, so long.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, the Walsh's went on trip to Colonial Williamsburg. We opted for the shuttle ride through to the Merchants Square and a museum hidden inside a hospital for the mentally ill.. On the left, you see Emilea learning about how kids in the day of colonial Williamsburg earned a living wrapping thead on used playing cards. It was the hottest day of the trip so far, but the museum was air conditioned!
We returned home and met up with the rest of the group. Julie was enlisted to draw our Bert on the "Circle Us Bert" sign. The Walsh's packed their van on Friday night. We were heading to Caroline County to take part in an impromptu family reunion. Aunt Wanda had gotten together all of Brenda's relatives in that part of Virginia. It was really nice to see everyone. Uncle Bobby and Aunt Wanda have a new house sitting on a lot of acres. The house was full of people and much good food was consumed by all.
As it turned out, they new a real short cut to Baltimore that happened to be the road at the end of their drive way. We called the rest of the vacation crew and they met up with us at the Harrie's. Coolers were filled with ice and the two vans were back on the road with Grandma and Grandpa's car now joining the caravan.
We arrived in Baltimore just in time. It was about 6 PM when we pulled into the hotel.
We got the little kids situated and headed over to the game. Tim and Matt were probably more excited than anyone else entering the stadium. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is an amazing facility. The only problem...RAIN DELAY. No problem...the storm blew right by.
Wow...what a game! We moved down to the front row, no one seemed to care. We definitely got our moneys worth! Everyone had a great time!
The guy on the left here did something that one small boy will never forget. This guy was sitting by us and hat caught a foul ball. He was pretty happy with his catch...then...he saw Jared and figured it was going to be more appreciated by an 8 year old.
We told this guy, "You know, he's probably going to sleep with the ball for the next month." His answer, "I was hoping he would!" Thanks again!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Williamsburg and the Baudoin's went to Virginia Beach.
We start the trip home today. Our fun isn't over though. Last night,
with some fantastic help from Juilie, Matt and I finished the "Circle
Me Bert" sign.
The Walsh's we will be heading out early this morning to visit
Brenda's family in the Bowling Green area, meeting back up with
everyone else in Baltimore.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The best ride there was the Hubba-Hubba Highway. It's like a lazy river, but on steroids! There are jets that create a current in the river that speed up the flow of traffic. Instead of tubes, everybody just straps on a life vest and floats around in the current. It's very cool! Ashlea was showing off her swimming skills and Colin was loving the water. Wish we would have had the camera with, but unfortunately we did not...
Since the kids were tuckered out and Brenda, Tracy and the Grandparents were fishing, Tim and I decided to venture into Willaimsburg to look for an Internet cafe of somesort, and boy did we find one. The whole city offers free wi/fi to its guests in the downtown area. We are sitting outside on a beautiful night...
Here's a pic of Colin's first trip to the ocean. He was a bit scared of the water, but he loved the sand!!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
shopping. Much needed groceries are now in the house.
Matt is not having a good day at the card table. He's 0-2 heads up to
We celebrated Emilea's birthday with cake and presents and now we are
heading out to the beach. The new version of charolette's web is being
shown tonight. Shhhhh, its a surprise.
I have pictures of the party I'll post later.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Brenda took a few pictures as we were leaving. Here's one of the skyline and the other was of Cominski Park.
We definitely found out why it's a good idea to bring the walkie-talkies. While leaving town, the exit to I-80 from I-90 was a single lane. We didn't realize this until we were almost to the off ramp. Cars were merging and we were running out of time. Well, Matt got his van in the line and radioed our van to tell us to get in front. Worked like a charm!
The best way to sum up the day was...WET!
It rained all day. We heard about Rochester, wow. Thanks to our neighbors, Scott and Janet! We really appreciate your help. We hadn't really planned on August being wet...who knew!
Mom & Dad...thanks for caring too!
Tomorrow, we head to the beach. Next stop is Hampton. We will need to navigate our way past D.C. Hopefully we hit the Capital between traffic jams. D.C. traffic can really suck.
Gas prices have been as reasonable as they can be. I think we paid $2.97 in Indiana and $2.79 in Ohio. Not much else to report, just a long day in the vans today.
Keeping our fingers crossed that the rain will dissipate overnight, even though it's in forecast for most of this week. Should have a lot more to report tomorrow. We should be getting into Hampton, VA sometime in the late afternoon.
The gang decided to head into the city as a group. Parking in downtown is a royal pain and train rides can be fun, we took the shuttle to the airport to get on the L.
Here's the group hamming it up on the platform waiting for the train. I started chatting with a guy on the train. He was playing chess on his Blackberry and carrying around bags from the 'Grammys.' He told us the directions we were given didn't exactly get us to where we wanted to go. So we decided to listen to him and ride the train a couple of more stops. We were headed for the Miracle Mile and his directions made sense.
Our train ride was made really exciting by the fact that it malfunctioned in a tunnel. It had been limping all the way from the airport and just stopped. The engineer, got off, apparently, and was "Fixing" the problem. We really don't know what happened. All we know, it took FOREVER to get downtown. 3 HOURS!
The walk to the American Girl store is a long one from any train stop. It is located in the Water Tower District on Michigan Avenue.
We passed by one of mine and Brenda's favorite restaurants, Harry Carey's Italian Steakhouse. Without a doubt, the best steak I have ever had, and don't forget...I'm a pretty strick carnivore.
The girls found the store, unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of time to spend there. The shuttle back to the hotel from the airport had a cut-off time.
Emilea had wanted to go to this store since she heard we would be driving through Chicago on our way to Hampton. Seems there are only 3 of them in the entire country.
The girls finished their shopping and we headed home. Matt was keeping a good clock and knew how much time we needed to make the journey home. Along the way, we stopped at the McDonalds downtown by the Hard Rock Cafe.
The trip home was far less eventful than the trip to in to town. The train didn't break down. Thankfully, my iPhone service has been excellent here and we were able to contact the shuttle and order our dinner...Gino's East Pizza!
As nummy as I always remember it, we finished eating and everyone went to bed. The day was definitely full of twist and turns and hopefully memories everyone can smile at.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I'm declaring my mom the unofficial sponsor of our trip, she made us breakfast sandwiches for the first leg of our trip! Mom's are the greatest.
Friday, August 17, 2007
For me, the countdown to our trip started months ago, and finally I find myself on the Eve of our trip. Only hours separate us from our departure. Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-SMASH... I can't wait anymore!