Friday, October 24, 2008

More Fall Photos

I can't believe how fast the summer temps are turning chilly. After coming back from Destin and enjoying the beautiful weather all week, it made for an easy transition coming back to mild temperatures last weekend. Sunday was the perfect day - mid 70's and sunny with a little breeze. By Tuesday, the lows were in the 40's, and tomorrow night it's supposed to drop to the 30's - ick!

I do love the fall, but don't like the fact that it turns quickly into to winter. And why, may I ask, do winters have to be so stinkin' long?! In my ideal world, winter temps & snow would last through the holidays, and then it would go away and spring would return immediately after!

Yesterday was cold, but not too cold that I couldn't bundle Will up and snap a few photos outside. He is so hard to capture these days since he's constantly moving and pretty much ignores me when I call his name, so rarely is he actually looking at the camera - if he is, he's sticking his tongue out at me :-)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Which Objects Don't Belong?

When filling up the tub for Will's bath, his routine is typically to throw in all of his bath toys. This morning, however, Will decided to add a couple miscellaneous items to the mix...more specifically his sippy cup and a mini flashlight. Such a devious child ;-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Time with the Fam in Destin

We always have such a great time spending time with my family in Florida; and ever since Will's arrival, it adds a whole new dimension. Although we don't take near as many trips to the beach, we seem to get a lot more family time in, which is always welcomed, considering we don't see one another near as often as we'd like. It helps when we have another visit marked on the calendar, and thankfully it's already set for December when we head to Chicago.

Our flight took off last Saturday, October 11th, and we stayed through the following Saturday, the 18th. It's amazing how quickly a week goes. There's always so much we want to do and people we want to see, yet we never get it all in! Along with some good friends, my parents have been in the process of starting a new church in Destin, so it was fun to experience that with them. We thoroughly enjoyed the service and meeting the people they talk so much about.

Since Dave and I were married in Destin, it always brings back a lot of great memories. After church we ate at the country club where our reception was held, which is always one of the places we hope to go while we're in town. that I think about it, most of the places we hope to go are centered around food ;-) Our long-time favorite is a restaurant on the harbor called The Lucky has the most amazing view that never gets old!

We discovered a couple new places this time around too. One in particular will probably be a new favorite, called Dewy Destin's. It's your typical hole-in-the-wall joint that serves some of the freshest seafood in town - not sure how it could get much fresher since it sits on the water! Tables are situated along two docks and the food is prepared in a trailer - no joke. We met my brother Scott for lunch and sat there for over two hours - it was great :-) Unfortunately I didn't have my camera along to snap any photos, but I discovered one via flickr:

Thanks to my parents, Dave and I were able to enjoy a lot of date nights - it was wonderful!

One night we had dinner at yet another favorite restaurant, and it happened to be Coast Guard appreciation night. There was a fireworks display on the water and we had the perfect view from our table (quick video taken on my phone):

Even though our trip went quickly, we still managed to get a lot in. We saw both my brothers a handful of times, and even went to visit Buzz at his fire station. It was fun being able to see where he works, check out all their trucks and gear, and meet some of his co-workers he spends so much time with. Dave was so kind to watch Will so my mom and I could go shopping for an afternoon too - thanks honey ;-)

Fireman in training :-)

The weather was perfect every day - 80 & sunny! We did make it to the beach a couple times, and once was just in time to watch a beautiful sunset. Again, not the greatest pictures since they were taken with my phone, but better than nothing! I took a short video of that too:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sunday Afternoon at the Pumpkin Patch

Although Will was born in time for us to visit the pumpkin patch last year, he was too young to have any sort of appreciation for it, so we were excited to experience it with him for the first time this year. We ventured out yesterday afternoon and Will enjoyed watching all the other kids and activity around him.

Next year he'll be able to take in a lot more which will be even more fun, because Vala's Pumpkin Patch has a lot to offer. It sits on 152 acres with nearly 55 of them set aside for planting pumpkins every year. Some of the attractions include a 5-acre Nebraska Cornhusker Maze, hay rides, petting zoo, play area with old farm equipment and huge tractor tires, haunted paintball shootout, pumpkin air cannon and catapult launch, and our personal favorite...the pig races!

Once again we lucked out with great weather, so we enjoyed just strolling around the grounds.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Yesterday was a full day, but I was bound and determined to take Will to the park at an attempt to snap a few photos. It didn't take long for me to realize it was going to be a challenge, however. Will is at an age where he won't sit still for two seconds. As soon as I had him set in the perfect position and backup to take the photo, he'd follow me.

Good thing I brought along some Cheerios. Although, this is also why he wasn't looking at the camera...he was focused on eating. I would try calling his name, but he'd ignore me entirely. If nothing else, it was a good excuse to be outside. It was another beautiful fall-like day here so we enjoyed being at the park :-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Kristin's Birthday Weekend

Kristin came into town this past weekend so we could all celebrate her birthday. We did a lot of eating out at some of our favorite restaurants, and even went to the Husker v. Virginia Tech game on Saturday. I hadn't been to a game in a couple years, and never had I been to a night game at Memorial Stadium, so it was a fun new experience.

The weather couldn't have been more perfect, and that pretty much saved the day, because the team wasn't looking too hot... not to mention one particular official who was copping an attitude which literally cost us the game. Dave, Kris and me were excited to go together, as Grammy was very kind to watch Will :-)

Grammy & Grandpa with Will @ The Cheesecake Factory

Kris, me & Dave :-)

Li'l Red is the coolest

Kris & me :-)

I was a little excited for a heaping plate of nachos, only to discover they had JUST sold out...or so we were told. The guy behind the counter informed us of this, only to spot him minutes later chowing down on his own heaping plate - grrr!