Friday, October 24, 2008
Today is UF's homecoming so Chris had the day off. While the hospital doesn't close for homecoming, I went ahead and tood the day off and we were going to go to the parade.
Before the parade we took Will to get his second year pictures taken. It defiantly went better than last year! Mostly because we went on a week day and it was not nearly as crowded. We tried to get Will's photo taken in his Gator gear with a football and everything, but Will kept wanting to throw the football, so that shot never quite worked out. We did get some nice family Gator shots.
Unfortunately the rest of the days plans didn't quite work out. It was a dreary, rainy day so we elected to not go to the parade.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
We had lunch at the Spice Mill Cafe. Since it was Will's birthday, we got him a Shamu cookie. It was very cute and he seemed to enjoy it. Mom and Dad took a bite and really have to say it was about the worst cookie ever. Ah well, you can't win them all.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The other pictures are from the Alachua playground. We were there today goofing around. Will is really getting agile and adept at climbing.
Jack graduated this past Friday. Congrats Jack! We are so proud of you. This is where I should have a nice picture of Jack with his diploma but instead I just have a photo of the TV screen with the graduation information as the camera batteries died after taking this photo.
Ah well, such is life. The important thing is that Jack received his Associate of Science degree. Way to go!
Another trip with Nana, Poppa and Uncle Bobo. This time to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. In this picture, Will thought the shadow of the banana tree leaves looked like a gator. He would say "Look! Gator! Chomp, chomp. Bite Will! Chomp, chomp." Already he is a very inventive guy with an active imagination. We are in such big trouble!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Chris took the crew over to St. Augustine during their visit. I had to work this day but everyone seemed to have a nice time. Will managed to relieve everyone of their change at the fountain. If half his wishes come true he will be one lucky boy. They also visited the fort at St. Augustine, did some shopping and drove by the haunted lighthouse.
This past week Chris' parents, Will's Nana and Poppa and Uncle Bobo came to visit. We really enjoyed their visit. While I had to go to work for some of the trip, Chris and Will took the week off. We all went to the Butterfly Garden and while I was at work, trips to St. Augustine, Kanapaha Botanical Garden and to Apopka.
This entry has the photos from the Butterfly Garden. More photos to follow on the other trips.
Fortunately it stopped raining in time for her daughter, Sarah's birthday party. Chris, Will and I drove up to help Sarah celebrate. Colleen's in laws live in a rural area of Georgia and have chickens and horses.
As I've mentioned before, Will loves animals so he was in animal heaven. He got to chase the chickens with Sarah (if you look closely at the first picture, you can see the chickens running for their lives!) and pet the horses.
He was really enthralled with the horses and kept running back to see them. I think he would have climbed over the fence and rode off into the sunset on one of the horses if he could have!
Fay had kindly dumped a ton of rain in Georgia so the yard had several large puddles. It took Will no time to run through the puddles with much glee. I think we went through all of the back up clothing changes before the trip was done. We all really enjoyed the trip but I think Will had the best time. Between the chickens, horses and puddles it was toddler heaven.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
While all of this was a good time, Will was really ready to head back to day care come Monday and Chris and I were quite content to head back to work.
I made my annual trip to a conference in Chicago. This really is one of the perks of my job. Not only do I get to go to my favorite city but I get a free plane ticket to see some of my favorite family (not the only favorites, of course! :) After my conference is over, Chris and Will flew up to join me and we went to stay with my Aunt Doris.
Happily the weather was beautiful in Chicago. It was a wonderful relief from the hot, humid Florida weather. We enjoyed spending time out on Doris' back porch. This picture is of Will sitting on the back stoop. He thought it was a big deal to sit on the step. Go figure :)
We all had a wonderful time visiting with all of the Chicago family. Will loved all of the attention. We got to visit with just about everyone. We even got to have dinner at my Nana's place. That was just about perfect in Will's opinion, he got tons of attention from the other diners and ice cream for dessert. We also did some serious relaxing, as you can see.
We also made a trip to Brookfield Zoo. Will loves animals so we thought he would enjoy the zoo and we were right. Our first stop was the Children's Zoo. It was an enclosed section with a petting zoo, chickens, cows, ducks and even some reindeer. Since it was enclosed we let Will run around on his own. He was beside himself. He kept ooohing and ahhing, so much so that I thought he might hyperventilate! Around every corner was a delightful surprise.
While the Children's zoo was defiantly the highlight, we also enjoyed seeing the dolphin show and riding the train around the zoo. Then Auntie and I hit the gift shop while the men hit the pretzel vendor. Finally as we were leaving, Chris took a picture of Will and I with the Brookfield Zoo lion. This really meant alot to me because many years ago (going on 20!) Jack and I did the same pose on the Brookfield lions. Jack was a little older than Will for the first photo but the love is the same.