October 6-18, 2010 Visiting St. George

It’s been quite a while since I posted and I will blame that mostly on being sick. We had planned about a two week span in St. George and in the middle Jon, Ryan and the kids were to come and visit. That mostly happened but not quite the way we planned.

First John started suffering from a herniated cervical disc. This meant our drive to St. George was cancelled. But since the kids had tickets to fly to Las Vegas, we tried to figure out a way to get there that would lessen stress on John’s neck. We decided to fly and then I would drive a rental car from Las Vegas to St. George. So far our plan was working.

Pond at dusk
Pond at dusk

Then I freaked out and wanted to go to the airport in Las Vegas when the kids flew in. I woke John up at 4 AM and insisted we go and surprise them. That way we could help with logistics of luggage, strollers, car seats, children etc. Not protesting too much, John took his pain medication and I drove back to Las Vegas.

We first encountered Jonathan and Sam. Apparently Sam had made some protests on the airplane but was now fast asleep in his stroller. I did notice that his eyes and nose were pretty glopped up.

Sam asleep at the airport
Sam asleep at the airport

But no worries, everyone was surprised we were there and we took the luggage and the kids went to get the rental car and stopped for breakfast while we made our way back to St. George. We spent the first day settling in and getting the kids acquainted with their surroundings. Nathan starting enjoying his trucks right away. He and I played endless games of inspector, a game about inspecting trucks. Nathan declared, “Beeba, you are the best inspector!”

Nathan and semis from Cars
Trucks need inspecting!

On Sunday we all went out to brunch at the club. The kids like the pancakes and although the service was a little slow, everyone had a good time. Nathan and Sam especially like the homemade potato chips.

There's enough for everyone
Sharing chips

Sam was still feeling pretty unwell at the beginning of the week and had fevers off and on. We all tried to be very careful washing our hands to make sure that the cold didn’t spread but by the end of the week, Sam, Nathan, Ryan and I had colds. We tried not to let that deter us from having fun, though. Nathan visited the pool at the club a couple of times and also went to the big public pool where he went down the slide with Mom 26 times! Nathan and Ryan also went to the Family Fun Center for bumper cars and miniature golf. Jon and Ryan had a couple of “dates” so John and I watched the kids. We put them to work washing the windows.

Sam wants to wash too
Nathan washes the outside while Sam gets the inside ready for washing

Zayde and Nathan wash windows
Zayde and Nathan wash windows

One day while Ryan and Sam had some quiet time, John, Jon and I took Nathan to Springdale. We needed to pick up some dishes we had ordered and we figured that Nathan would enjoy the elk and buffalo in the field across from the pottery store. Oh uh, no animals! Well, we all enjoyed having lunch at Oscar’s anyway.

Nathan and Jon at Oscar's
Nathan and Jon at Oscar’s

Near the end of their visit, Ryan and I took Sam and Nathan to the park near our house. Nathan walked right up to some kids and said, “My name is Nathan. Do you want to play?” He’s very good like that. So he had two little boys to play with who, as you can tell from the picture, were somewhat shorter than he. But we found out that they were at least 6 months older. Nathan is one tall four year old!

New friends at the park
New friends at the park

In between all this activity Jon managed to play some golf and John recovered enough to play some tennis with Jon but all too soon the visit was over. I think we all thought it was a pretty successful visit. I am so glad because I really look forward to their visiting. The downside of the visit was that I caught a really bad cold, couldn’t fly home because my ears were so blocked, started a string of immune system overloads which made my face swell up and John ended up driving all the way back to Pleasanton so I could go to the doctor. Now only three weeks since I caught the cold, I am almost over the coughing but one of my ears is still blocked. I need to get better fast because we are scheduled to go back to St. George with Jonathan a week from today!

October 2, 2010 Zayde Birthday, part 5! Happy Birthday, Ryan! and Happy 10th Anniversary, Ryan and Jon!

A lot has happened since the first four celebrations. The biggest thing being that John acquired a herniated cervical disc. So all celebrations were put on hold. But today we were able to get over to Ryan and Jon’s and exchange presents (John’s birthday, Ryan’s birthday and Ryan and Jon’s anniversary.) John is looking a little pale but soldiered through any discomfort. He got some great cards from Nathan and Sam.

Cards for Zayde!
Cards for Zayde!

Sarah gave John a new grill brush and Ryan and Jon gave him two new books. Now he has more to do while recovering!

John receives presents from Jon and Ryan
New books!

Sam went down for an early nap or else he’d be a part of the next picture. Happy Birthday, Ryan! Happy 10th Anniversary, Ryan and Jon!

Cuteness
Cuteness

October 1, 2010 Celebrating Sarah’s half birthday and more

In what is incredibly exciting news, at least to me, I now know how to insert multiple pictures in my blog! Huzzah! Now I just have to go back over the last three years or so and collapse all my separate blog entries for one day into a single entry. That’ll take, I don’t know, forever. But then I can publish bits of my blog so that I have hard copy. Yay!

In other news, John has a herniated disc in his neck and has been in incredible pain this past week. We were supposed to have a combined birthday party last Saturday – cancelled. We were supposed to leave for St. George this past Monday – cancelled. But a wide array of drugs and ice have finally gotten him on the road to recovery and we are hopeful that we might be able to fly to Las Vegas and then drive to St. George next week. Jon, Ryan, Nathan and Sam are supposed to be visiting us there and we are trying mighty hard to get there.

Before the neck got really bad, though, John went in to work for a few hours and I went out to lunch with Sarah and her roomie, Mark, at Stephen’s Green Irish Pub in Mountain View. It was Sarah’s half birthday and also the date of my dad’s birthday, September 23. Look how happy Sarah looks.

Sarah and Mark
Sarah and Mark

September 19, 2010 Visiting with Sam

Over this particular weekend Jonathan’s whole family was supposed to go camping. As you may or may not know, Pilats tend not to camp. Or stay in rustic lodgings. So it was no surprise to us that Jonathan and Sam both came down with colds and were unable to go. Ryan and Nathan went and had a fabulous time.

John and I went over to visit the invalids who seemed really not too sick. Sam was busy playing with his magnetic letters which are inserted into a template and tell him the sound that the letter makes and gives an example of a word that starts with that letter. He was quite engrossed. John put a hat of Nathan’s on Sam giving him a homeboy look.

Sam with letters
Sam with letters

Later, in a time honored tradition, Zayde built a tower with Sam.

Sam and Zayde building
Sam and Zayde building