Saturday, September 23, 2006
Well, this is where we started. The Fort Lauderdale Airport. We got to the airport in plenty of time, at least for this leg. We started the trip with 4 bags and 2 car seats in the checked lugage and just Ruston's diaper bag as a carry on. We debated on the stroller and decieded it would probably be a good idea. A decision that proved correct. Ani was excited about getting on the plane. I was anxious about Ruston on the plane. You never want to be that mom with the baby the screams the entire flight. We had two flights to get us to Little Rock and both of the kids did GREAT! We were a little worried. Ani couldn't wait to get into the sky. The plane started to go down the run way and she laughed and smiled. As soon as we got into the air there was a little turbulance. Ani said, "I don't want to fly anymore!" Virgel and I just looked at each other and thought oh boy. But a couple of minutes later she was fine and watched a movie. Ruston fell asleep before take off and slept most of the flight. Yeah! The second leg Ani slept. We were delayed on the ground - after we boarded the plane - for about 45 minutes. It seemed a lot longer. We finally made it to Little Rock and Virgel's mom was there waiting. One flight down, two more to go. . .
On Saturday night we had dinner with Uncle Richard and Aunt Sharon at a great little restuarant in Dardanelle. The kids did really well through dinner. It is always a guess with two little ones if you will actually get to eat or not. Ruston fussed a little, but Aunt Sharon held him for a little while so I could eat. Extra hands are great! Thanks again for dinner. . .
visiting. Everyone stayed outside a good bit. Virgel, Jim, and Papaw headed to Lowes to buy a new grill. It was pre-assembled so we thought there would be no troubles. It took about 15 minutes to figure out how to light the silly thing! Good thing we figured it out or we would have had sandwiches instead of steaks for dinner. Ani is pretty sure she is a Queen and Mamaw and Papaw's. I think she got that idea since she is waited on hand and foot. Ruston was a little fussy, but Papaw kept him content and even put him to sleep riding him around in his electric wheel chair. Ani felt a little left out so Papaw made room for her too. Jim and Virgel had their work cut out for them trying to start a little go cart that Mamaw won from the grocery store a couple of years ago. They spent about 2 hours working on it and Ani and Dakota rode it for about 15 minutes. Oh well, it kept the boys busy!
Ani had a blast! Aunt Alicia and Uncle Jim invited us to join them at the Johnson county fair on Thursday night. We weren't too sure how Ani would like it. She hasn't been a good one for little rides before. So we started out in the farm animal area. As usual, Ani loves seeing the animals, but in some cases they were a little TOO close. Daddy carried her through them. She liked the pigs, espically the baby ones. The like the chickens and bunnys, too. She really like the little horse. It was a minature one - just her size. Oh well, I guess not where to keep one here in Key Largo! After the animals we were off for the rides. Once she saw the giant slide she was ready to ride. I think Dad got to go down with her 3 times and I got to ride twice. She loved it. I was afraid once Daddy got her up there for the first time she was going to change her mind, but she didn't. As soon as they stopped at the bottom she said, " AGAIN DADDY!" with a giant grin. Somehow or another I was the one that got to ride in the little boats with her. The guy running the rides thought it was pretty funny too and asked me to put on my seat belt! Like that was going to fit! Virgel couldn't stop laughing. I decided to convice Ani she needed to ride the little motorcycle ride next to the boats with Daddy. This plan backfired. They wouldn't let any adults on the ride. So, not only did Virgel get out of it, but Ani was all upset she couldn't ride it. Way to go mom! Alicia got to ride the marry go 'round with her. She was pretty tired and Ruston was ready to call it quits too. It was a fun night. The best time being a parent is when you get to watch your babies have so much fun - it is the best ride of all!
It seems like a million years ago when I learned how to skate. It was really fun getting these little bitty skates on Ani. They were so small the wheels almost touched! She loved it! Of course she never turned loose of me or Daddy when she had them on. The first time I took her on the skating rink we got all the way to the back when she decided she was done! I managed to convince her to skate back to the front before we took our break! Thanks Aunt Denise for inviting us to come along with Danielle!
On Sunday, we all got together at Uncle Richard's house. I am so glad everyone was able to make it. We had a house full. Aunt Sharon cooked ribs and we all brought stuff. The food was great. The kids all played together, swam in the pool, and ran around. Ani and her two little cousins Abby and Skyler had a lot of fun playing together. Abby and Skyler are two year old, but they are all pretty close in size,
I can assure you that a flight out of Little Rock at 6:30 in the morning is WAY too early when you have two little children. We made it, barely! We got to the airport only about 45 minutes before our flight left. At this point we acquired one more suitcase (I should have known to not go shopping!) and Ruston's swing. The little squirt just will not sleep without one. So the second day in Arkansas we had to go to Wal-Mart and get one. So, now we have 8 bags to check (one more than allowed) and an extra carry on (Mamaw gave Ani a backpack with wheels). Once we got to Baton Rouge we decided we needed to upgrade our rental car to an SUV. We couldn't have gotten all that crap into a mid-sized car! As soon as Ani and Courtney saw each other they remembered and hugged. It was really sweet. Courtney had to share her princess dresses right away. They had a great time playing together all week.
Mamaw Naomi and Papaw Roger couldn't wait to see us. I was dreading the visit since they lived next to our old house. I knew I couldn't see them without seeing the house. I did pretty well though. It still feels like my house. I could have walked across the street and in the front door. Roger and Naomi couldn't love on the kids enough. Ani didn't warm up to them too fast, but she was getting awful tired. At this point we have been away from home for 1 1/2 weeks. That is a long time.
We had dinner with Terrie Sandlin. She was so excited to see the babies. She is a new grandma and can't get enough of those hugs. Ani thinks she is adorable in my sunglasses. Who am I to argue. I should have known to bring hers along if I ever wanted to where mind. Ani and Courtney keep Cory (Courtney's big brother) busy.