Sunday, June 28, 2009

Motivational Posters...

Here's a few posters that I thought that people would enjoy.

You ALWAYS have to be ready for the Zombies!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

More Pics of the Trip

Anyone who has taken a road trip with an active toddler will attest that it's not the easiest thing to do. Abigail did a great job. We took a few books, some toys, and pointed out every motorcycle, cow, or dog from Texas to Maine. I rode in the back next to her most of the way while Sarah drove (she gets car sick). I'm not sure who had the tougher job; her negotiating busy roads and confusing signs or me, trying to feed, entertain, and sometimes calm down Abigail. It all worked out and we concluded that we could possibly do that trip again (much to the excitement of our families). We're really glad that Fort Leonard Wood puts us ten hours closer to New England.

Abby dozed off much to the delight of her parents (I got to read my motorcycle magazine and Sarah could drive in peace):

Visiting Pepere:

Here are some stats from the trip;
Number of times Abby insisted on me doing "This little piggy went to the market" on her toes: about a million.
Number of times that Josiah received the "evil eye" stare from Sarah in the rear view mirror because of wise comments that he would make: about 150.
Number of hours between rest stops: 3.
Number of miles between Ft Hood Texas and Cornville Maine: too many.

Amount of money spent on a Parenting magazine that had pictures of babies which entertained Abby for hours: Priceless (actually $3.50)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Phase II - The McLaughlin Side

In order to, hopefully, make everyone feel important we divided up our vacation between visiting Sarah's family and my family. On the way to Maine we stopped at Aunt Amanda's and Uncle Jeff's house in PA. It was nice to see trees and rolling hills again instead of the brown, treeless state of TX. (Texas doesn't have trees, they have shrubbrey). Jeff had to work both days but Amanda kept us busy chasing the latest fashions. We were so busy having fun together and enjoy the world famous custard stand that we forgot to take pictures. Luckily Amanda took some for us.

See them here:

Our next stop was NH. Aunt Emily, Uncle Jon, cousin Cameron and baby Lexi were gracious hosts and let us hang out with them for a couple of days. Abby was able to use her present from Mammie on their front lawn.

Now they didn't have to fight over the lawnmowers. Thanks Mammie!

The next picture would have been both kids crying as Emily and Sarah pulled out of the driveway to go shopping leaving them with Jon and I. We did have a good time with the kids. We took them on a bike ride, ate some pizza, and took them to the lake to splash around while we tried to fish.

We had a great time hanging out with everyone. See some pictures of Abby and Lexi in matching Sunday dresses on the Tuthill's blog:
We'll have more pics of later.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Phase I

I know that I'm a couple of weeks behind but I thought that everyone would enjoy these pictures of us packing.

I'm not sure if she was protesting the trip in this picture but she is sure enjoying playing with her cousins:

We are REALLY glad that we left the dogs behind. I don't think that we would have room for them anyways.

We're really enjoying spending time with family and we'll post some more pictures later!