Thursday, July 24, 2008

underwear heads

Marshall and Stewart came back from our trip with fewer underwear than they started with. It's a mystery...
So, they got to pick new underwear today and came out with Transformer and Batman types. They were so excited to open the packages and sport their new ones around. The second and third pairs in the packages became masks and fighting implements.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Shy Ny

Nigel's shy sometimes, but once he warms up, he's a friendly chap.
(And isn't he so darling? )
He finally warmed up to Auntie Kris and Uncle Sam this weekend.

shall we dance?

I went dancing with my sisters-in-law and brother-in-law last Thursday.
I don't know any dance "steps" and, whenever I think about what I'm doing, the movements feel awkward.
When I just let myself go, things are so much fun.
I had a great time and I want to go again. any dancers out there?

Monday, July 21, 2008

St. Louis [July 14]

Looks like a town I'd like to explore. The arch is beautiful as evening comes. We study it's shape and size.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

cadillac ranch [July 13]

Right outside of Amarillo, Texas is graffiti heaven... Cadillac Ranch. It is 10 half-buried Cadillacs that are layered with paint markings. We added our little masterpieces today, leaving some part of ourselves here and dreaming that our marks will never be covered but that everyone who passes there will see us there. Weird, but that's what it's about.
Except not for David Blaine, famous magician who stole the punch from our excursion with his camera-man army. I guess Marshall and Mike were kinda mesmerized by the guy, while I was more than annoyed.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

my brother's wedding [july 12]

We made it all the way to Phoenix for Matt and Missy's wedding. It was lovely.
Mike's mom made bow ties for the boys that were so incredible. The boys were too great, running around in little ties and Converse tennis shoes. Stewart looked a bit like Twiddle Dee with suspenders, playing karate with Uncle Steve while wielding my gerbera daisy bouquet.

Monday, July 14, 2008

red rock [july 8]

From Flagstaff, we traveled south to Phoenix on highway 89A so that we could drive through Red Rocks State Park and Sed0na. It was worth the extra time and nagging roadside trails.

grand canyon [july 7]

As I arrive at the edge for a moment of solice, the warm air rises to hit my face.
We want to show them without loosing them. It's terrifying to see boys moving so quickly at this height.

And now, we sit, with our legs dangling over the edge. We're taking it in together.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

keeping the peace and Mike's memories from family trip

Stewart and Nigel have been irritating each other in the van. The boredom of a long days drive led to pinching wars. Our solution to the problem was purchasing a truck mud-flap which we used as a divider. It worked well for awhile, but they did eventually find a way around it. Here they are throwing toys over to eachother.

The other picture posted will only have meaning to Mike's family.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

tucumcari tonight! [july 6]

We didn't stay the night in Tucumcari, New Mexico. But we did make it a point to stop here and we were so glad we did.
It was an eiry experience. What a great place it must have been in its early years, for it to be so fantastic now, with everything in shambles, wrecked and empty. For miles before you could see billboards shouting, "Tucumcari, Tonight!"

Monday, July 7, 2008

Cafe 66, Albuquerque

We enjoyed chili pepper cheeseburgers and fries at Cafe 66 last night. This was after a night late check-in and night swim.
We arrived at the hotel at 8pm, and the boys needed to use their muscles, so we swam in the pool and relaxed in the outdoor hot tub. It was 80 degrees with a cool breeze. Hunger set in, and after learning the the famous Cafe 66 was not open for breakfast, we decided to eat late (9:30).

Sunday, July 6, 2008

wind farms everywhere

Why can't more of the country use wind power?
All along US 40 in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico there were these massive wind farms with one windmill after the next. There must have been hundreds. They were impressive.
We wondered how much each one powered? How expensive are they?
In Fountain Square, at the new Keep Indianapolis Beautiful they have three tiny(in comparison) wind turbines. We learned that each one cost around $10,000 and that they powered 2-3 outlets each.

holidome of old

Has anyone ever been to a Holidome? It's a Holiday Inn with an inner courtyard play area that includes pool, arcade and usually a mini golf course.
Well, we went to a Holiday Inn that that had this type of courtyard (although
it was lacking the dome part) . It was in Elk City, OK.
The kids loved it.
In fact, the hotels will probably be what the kids remember out of the entire vacation. Mike and I talked about our childhood experiences with Holidomes and "fun" hotels (hotels with pools). The hotel stays were always memorable than the destinations for us.
Mike and I are happy to witness their joy and thankful that we can do this together. And WE are having a blast at the destinations.

the deserted amazing

Our first experience of the deserted amazing was Sayre, Oklahoma. We passed through after our nights stay in Elk City. We saw one failed establishment after the next. It seemed pretty close to a ghost town to us. We couldn't believe what we saw! Had the owners just walked away and left these beautiful treasures to crumble? Really? And, did they have a choice?
I have always been a fan of interesting signs, so I hit a jackpot on this trip. I hope you like them like we did.
Oh, afterward we went through one of the few remaining truss bridges that are drivable on Route 66.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


Did you know that Claremore, Oklahoma is the home of Will Rogers, famous comedian?
Well, we passed through Claremore a few hours ago and we are approaching Oklahoma City, where we will stay the night.
We left immediately following the 4th of July fireworks, after enjoying Fountain Square's view of them with Dairy Queen benefits in hand. On the block's walk home, things seemed less like a war zone than in years past. We assume that firework sales are down for the year.
Now, we head west for
a visit to the Grand Canyon and my brother's wedding in Phoenix.