Sunday, July 15, 2007

Vacation

Well, we had a great 2 weeks. We had quite a few first in the last 2 weeks as well. We spent our first night in Tulsa, OK. It is supposedly an 8 hour drive from here so we thought, no big deal. WRONG!! When traveling with infant triplets it is more like a 12 hour drive. Everything was good until we stopped in Denton. We had dinner, fed the babies and put on their jammies. It started raining and didn't stop until we were almost to Tulsa. The babies got pretty fussy when went to put them back in their car seats. I think they were rebelling.
We went to the Precious Moments Chapel and Park. It is so pretty. I wish we had had more time there but, once again the weather was crappy so our time was limited. We had plans to go to Fantastic Caverns but because of the weather we nixed that idea and just drove on. We had stopped in the area and found out there were several tornadoes on the ground with in a few miles so we thought it best to just continue.
We spent the next 2 nights at Scott AFB in IL. It is a very pretty base and there is nothing around it. We had a pleasant surprise when we checked in. Apparently the lady that took our reservations felt sorry for us after Steve had been bragging about us having triplets. In stead of giving us 2 regular hotel rooms she put us in one of the housing units. So, for 2 days we had a 4 bedroom house. It was great and so relaxing. We were able to let the babies play in the jumperoo and in the exersaucers. They really enjoyed that.
Our next stop was in Chicago. We really needed more time there but didn't have the time so we went to the Sears Tower and we rode the subway. None of us had ever ridden on the subway before so it was quite an experience. On our initial trip to the Sears Tower we accidentally didn't pay. We bought the cards and the ladies directed us through the handicap entrance, we didn't know what we were doing so we didn't pay. OOPS!! We had pizza at a little place across the street from the Sears Tower. The babies were such troopers. I think people saw tourist written all over our faces so when we asked how to get to the subway stations that had elevators we were sent several blocks out of our way. I think we ended up walking about 20 blocks or better. Oh well. We still had fun.
It was nice to finally get to Michigan and get settled at Cindi's house. Cindi is Steve's wonderful sister. Yes Cindi, you are still the favorite aunt!! We had a blast with her. She is so much fun. The 4th we went down to Ann Arbor to see my FIL who was still in the hospital. I am glad that he got to see the babies even if it was only for a little while. It would have been nice to have been able to spend more time with him but it wasn't possible. We went to my MIL's for dinner that evening. Markas rolled for the first time from his back to his tummy. We decided not to go see fireworks. Steve and Uncle Marty went and bought sparklers. Steve and Uncle Marty and Aunt Cindi lit them for the babies. They were entranced with them. It was too funny.
We got to see a lot of family while we were there. Lucy got her first tooth on the 8th. Joshua got his first one on the 9th and now they both have 2. Poor little Markas still doesn't have any.
When we left Michigan we drove all night. We went to the Kentucky State Horse Farm. We did that really just for Caitlin. She had a good time and could have spent all day there. We spent the next 3 days at Arnold AFB. It was great. We went to Lookout Mountain and rode the Incline Railway, we went to Ruby Falls and we went to Rock City. We didn't get to see too much of Rock City. Some of the places you have to get through were too narrow to pass carrying a baby in a carrier. Oh well. We got to see some of it.
All in all it was a ton of fun. It was really nice to get home again though.

Ok, here are a ton of pictures but no where close to all that I took. Just on my digital I took 500 pictures. I also took 3 or 4 rolls.
I am starting at the end and going back to the beginning.

Caitlin at the gate at Graceland
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This would be just before Lucy ate a handful of sand. Daddy thought it would be fun to bury them in the sand for the first time. It was cute.
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Caitlin, Lucy, Joshua and Daddy
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Mommy, Daddy, Joshua and Markas
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Mommy and Markas
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Daddy and Joshua
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Caitlin and Lucy
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Caitlin
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Caitlin in "Fat man's squeeze" at Rock City
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I won't ride a roller coaster but my stupid behind got on this train that goes up the side of a mountain at a 7% grade. Go figure.
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It was a long walk down into the cave but it was worth it. This is Ruby Falls
I was standing on the backside of it, looking up.
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Caitlin and Lucy
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It was a rough night for poor Lucy
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It was a tough work out!
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Kentucky State Horse Park
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Aunt Cindi, Uncle Mike and Daddy
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Aunt Joanie, Markas, Uncle Ron, Cousin Maggie, Lucy, Aunt DiAnn, Cousin Jorgen, Cousin Clara, Joshua and Uncle Dave
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Aunt Joanie and Caitlin
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Markas, Uncle Morry, Lucy, Aunt Nellie, Joshua and Uncle Dave
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Aunt Joanie and Markas
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Aunt Nellie and Lucy
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Uncle Morry and Aunt Dorothy
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Uncle Marty(Aunt Cindi's other half)
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Aunt Cindi and Lucy
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Look! I have hair now!!
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Just because I thought they were pretty
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Daddy and Lucy at Grandma Lucy's grave
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Aunt Cindi and Lucy
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I am so happy to be out of my carseat!
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Aunt Shelly, cousin Luke, Markas and cousin John
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Joshua with cousins Gracie, Katie, and Mandy
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Gracie and Joshua
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Markas and Katie
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Aunt Shelly and Luke
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John
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Aunt Cindi(sorry Cindi! It is my favorite though)
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Mommy and Lucy
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Cousin Kristi, her fiancee Mike and Uncle Mike
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Gracie and Joshua
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Mandy
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Grandpa and Lucy
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Grandpa and Joshua
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Grandpa and Markas
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Grandma, Lucy, Aunt Cindi, Joshua, Grandpa and Markas
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Grandma and Lucy
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Grandpa and Markas
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Our new ride!! We all love it!
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Sears Tower
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I think they were glad to be out of their carseats
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"No mom, I am not going back in the carseat!" Ok, so it was totally staged but still cute.
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Mom, Caitlin and trio
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Dad, Caitlin and trio
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Being a firefighter I had to take this one
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This one was just cute
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Mom and Caitlin in front of the Precious Moments Chapel
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One of the many fountains at Precious Moments
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Mom, Caitlin and Lucy
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Dad, Joshua and Caitlin
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The trio after our first night in a hotel
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I am finally done. Trust me, there are a ton of other pictures but I tried to post just the important ones with family and stuff.

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