Saturday, June 21, 2008
It was a pretty short drive & beautiful! We left our hotel around 11am and arrived safely at my Dad's house around 3pm. It felt so good to be "home"! Even though my Dad's house will be our temporary home, it feel so good to just be somewhere where we can settle, even just for a little bit. The girls are already making themselves at home and my Dad worked really hard to make his home comfy for us! Thanks, Dad!!
We'll be here for a few days and then on Wednesday we will be heading out to Albuquerque, NM for Mark & Mindy's wedding! We are so excited to see the rest of the family and to watch them get married! Craig is best man and Kylie is the flower girl! We will be taking TONS of pictures!! In fact, we will most likely be renaming our blog, so that we can post other happenings with our family so that our family & friends all over the country can keep up with what we are doing.
We love you and miss you all and thank you for all of your prayers! Please continue to pray for our family as Craig begins his new job at SPA in July and that our house in WA sells soon so that we can purchase our new home here in MD. Please keep in touch and let us know how all of you are doing! And, when we do get our new home, you are always welcome to come visit anytime! Please check back for more pics and we'll send out an e-mail once we've renamed our blog.
Love & Blessings Always,
The Thayers & Mom-Mom, too! :)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Aiden & Kylie "playing" the piano!
Cutie pie, Caitlin, sitting on her Daddy's lap!
Kim & Jenny - love ya, sister!!
After we left beautiful, Peoria, we headed East to Indiana! Since it was a short drive to Indianapolis, we stopped at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indy 500 & the Brickyard 400! We toured the Hall of Fame Museum, which was really cool! They had about 70 cars on display from 1887 to 2007! It was neat to see what cars looked like a century ago and to learn the history of the Speedway. Craig even got to sit in an actual Indy 500 car! It was lots of fun and a cool stop on our journey!
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Hall of Fame Museum at the Speedway
Carriage from 1886!
Danica Patrick's Rookie Car!
The Borg Warner Trophy - For the winner of the Indianapolis 500!
Okay, the secret's out - THIS is Craig's new job!! :)
Craig & Jillian checking out all the old cars.
It was a great day! Although, when we got to our hotel in Indianapolis, it looked a little shady due to the strip club next door and about 20 cabs to tractor trailers in the parking lot, so we headed to a new one! And what a wonderful decision!! It's a mini suite and so comfy! Jillian is already asleep and Kylie is well on her way and it's not even 9pm! Tomorrow we will drive through Ohio to Pittsburgh, PA and then onto Baltimore on Saturday!! We can't wait!! Not much longer now! ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Gateway Arch from the highway.
Mommy & Jillian at the base of the Arch.
The St. Louis Arch and the Mighty Mississippi!
The flood waters in St. Louis at the Riverfront Park.
Flags in the flood waters.
Once we left St. Louis, we had a short trip to Illinois, The Land of Lincoln, to head to Peoria to stay with Mike & Jenny Weber for the night. It was great to see Jenny after two years of being apart and to finally meet their daughter Caitlin and for them to meet Jillian. Kylie & Aiden hit it off immediately and they played all night! Jenny was the best and bought Kylie a birthday cake for her birthday and had a present for her! After dinner of yummy pizza, we all sang "Happy Birthday" and had some delish cake! Kylie loved it!! It made her birthday so special! Thank, Ms. Jenny for being the best and thinking of Kylie on her special day! We are so glad that we could spend her 4th birthday with you!!
Kylie's special 4th Birthday cake! Thank you, Jenny!!!
Kylie & Aiden waiting patiently for a slice of cake.
Kylie & Aiden in the toybox playing "train."
We've had so much fun catching up with our great friends! We wish we could stay longer, but we know that now that we are living closer, we can definitely visit again and hopefully, soon! We love you guys and thank you so much for letting us stay with you on our way through Illinois! We head out to Indiana tomorrow, so check back for more pictures! ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)
Monday, June 16, 2008
We had a great time with Mark & Mindy in Albuquerque and after an early morning, we headed off to Oklahoma City, OK. Along the way we hit some really bad thunderstorms, which almost looked like a scene out of "Twister", but they passed quickly and before we knew it, we were in sunshine again. Oklahoma was a beautiful state and was a welcome change after driving through the desert for a few days! The best part of our stay, though it was short, was the simple fact that there was a Panera Bread just down from our hotel!! Mom & I were so excited and we stopped by there for breakfast! It was DELISH and we enjoyed every bite!
After our yummy breakfast we headed off to St. Louis, MO. It was another long day of driving, but the scenery was beautiful! We stopped in Springfield for lunch and kept on trucking along till we reached our hotel around 8pm. We had a few bumps once we got here though.....first, they had our name misspelled in the computer and had originally told Craig that they didn't have our reservation. Then, after we were given a room, I headed up there with the girls only to find that only ONE of the two queen beds was made and we only had ONE towel in the bathroom! I called down to the front desk and was told someone would be up to make the bed and give us fresh towels. When someone came up, all he had was towels and told us that he didn't make beds.......at that point we called down and requested a new room! They then had told us another room on the same floor which was good because Craig had brought all our bags up to the room and all we would have to do is go down the hall, but then the front desk called up and said we would be moving to a room two floors DOWN! So, once we got everything and everyone to the correct room that was clean and made, did we finally all relax and able to enjoy the rest of the night. Just a little drama, but nothing we couldn't handle and all turned out good in the end!
The most important thing about today is that it is Kylie's 4th Birthday!! That's right, our Kylie B turned 4 years old today! Can you believe it?? When we moved to WA she was 10 months old and now she is 4 and ready to go to pre-kindergarten next year! When I asked her this morning how old she was, she said "I'm 5, Mommy!" I corrected her and told her that she was indeed 4 years old and to PLEASE not grow up too fast, even though I know the years, just like the past 4 are going to fly by! We kept her birthday pretty low key and plan on having a party once we get back to MD. Happy Birthday, Kylie!! We love you so much!!!!
Tomorrow, we are off to Peoria, IL to visit our great friends, Mike & Jenny Weber and their children Aiden & Caitlin! I cannot wait because we have not seen each other in over 2 years and we'll get to meet Caitlin for the very first time! It's going to be so much fun!! It's also a very short driving day, so I think we'll all sleep in tomorrow! We will definitely have some pics from Illinois, so check back soon! ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The Sandia Peak Tramway
View from the Tram heading up the mountain.
What a view!!
Daddy & Kylie looking at Albuquerque from the top of Sandia.
Our family at the top of Sandia.
Uncle Mark & Aunt Mindy - you guys are the best! We love you!!!
Once back down on the ground, we headed to Old Town Albuquerque to do some sightseeing and shopping! It was a hot day, but it felt great to get out and walk around and stop in some of the cool shops in the plaza. We bought some great souvenirs and even got to enjoy some Mariachi music from a band playing in the middle of the plaza! Definitely made for a great day!!
Mariachi Band treating everyone to some great music!
St. Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town Albuquerque, NM
A carving of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a tree behind St. Felipe de Neri Church. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Albuquerque and when this was carved in the tree, they believed that the tree would die. However, remarkably, the tree has thrived for the past 20 years since the carving!
Sadly, our time in Albuquerque ends tomorrow and we are headed to Oklahoma City, OK. We're in for a LONG day of driving, but we're starting out early and hopefully, we won't get in too late. Not sure if there will be pictures tomorrow or not, but check back and find out! Till then.... ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)
Gorgeous view of the Grand Canyon!
The multiple colors created in the Canyon at sunset!
Today we went pack to a different viewpoint called, Yavapai Observation Point. It literally takes your breathe away to look at the Grand Canyon. We were so glad that we decided to make this a stopping point on our journey!
View from Yavapai Point at the Grand Canyon.
Craig showing the girls the greatness of the Grand Canyon.
Kim, Craig, & Jilly pause for a quick picture.
"Look at THAT hole!!" - Craig's exact words!
Our family looking at the Grand Canyon - what an experience for us to share!
After our time at the Grand Canyon came to an end, we headed East to Albuquerque, NM to visit with Craig's brother, Mark & his fiance, Mindy. Kylie couldn't wait to see "Uncle Mark & Aunt Mindy, my family!" She talked about seeing them ALL day! The trip took a little longer than we thought, but it was so great to see them!! And, of course, we took a picture of the New Mexico sign when we crossed the border.
Welcome to New Mexico - The Land of Enchantment!! It's a little of center, but a good shot anyway!
Tonight & tomorrow we are having fun with Mark & Mindy! We're headed to Old Town Albuquerque and then maybe lunch or dinner at the Top of the Mountain! It's going to be great to relax for a few days before heading off to Oklahoma City, OK. Stay tuned for pictures from Albuquerque! ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)
Friday, June 13, 2008
Craig with the Hoover Dam in the background.
The Hoover Dam - Nevada
The other side of the Hoover Dam
A dedication plaque to all those who lost their lives while constructing the dam in 1931.
We continued our journey into Arizona and took some scenic shots along the way. We didn't have as long of a drive today and got to our hotel which is just outside of the entrance to the Grand Canyon around dinner time. After a yummy pizza & pasta dinner, we made it to the park to see the Canyon at sunset and it took our breathe away! Words nor pictures can truly express the beauty and feelings seeing this natural wonder with your own eyes! We'll save the shots of the Grand Canyon for tomorrow's entry, but here are some that we took along our drive today.
Welcome to Arizona!
The amazing scenery of Arizona!
The Red Feather Lodge - our comfy hotel outside Grand Canyon National Park.
That's all for tonight. Stay tuned for our pictures of the Grand Canyon tomorrow! Tomorrow after we tour the Canyon again, we are headed to Albuquerque, NM to visit Mark & Mindy. We'll be there until Sunday and we can't wait! And in just two short weeks, we'll be back to Albuquerque for their wedding!! Good night, for now! ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Princess Kylie walking through the casino on our way to dinner.While at the MGM Grand, we got to look at the resident Lions at the Lion Habitat. Kylie LOVED seeing the lions and didn't want to leave! Jillian liked looking at them too, but Kylie was definitely the most excited!
Two of the lions that are residents at the hotel.
Once we left the MGM Grand, we continued walking along the strip, stopping in a few shops along the way to pick up some souvenirs. It was really hot out today, but not as hot as yesterday. It was actually 14 degrees cooler today at 90 degrees, down from 104 yesterday when we arrived in town! You could still feel the heat & the girls were real troopers during our walk - the stroller helped out alot too! :) Here's a few pictures from our tour of Vegas:
The Bellagio Hotel & Casino
The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel.
The Gold MGM Lion.
The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
The M&Ms posing as Indiana Jones at M&M World - you can buy M&Ms in ANY color you can think of!
New York, New York - one of the coolest hotels!
The Brooklyn Bridge at New York, New York
It was a tiring day of walking, but after dinner, while Mommy & Jillian relaxed in the room, Daddy, Mom-Mom, & Kylie walked down the strip to watch the dancing water at the Bellagio! Along the way, they took some great shots of the hotels all lite up! They also went to visit the lions at the MGM Grand again and toured the inside of the Luxor. Kylie couldn't stop talking about seeing the giant pyramid! She has loved every minute of being in this exciting city!
The Bellagio at night.
The dancing water at the Bellagio
The sphinx outside the IMAX theatre at the Luxor.
M&M World all lite up for the night!
Sadly, our time in Vegas has come to an end and tomorrow we leave this fun city and head to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon!! We can't wait to see yet another of our nation's great natural wonders! We all had a great time in Las Vegas and were able to relax and have some fun! Tomorrow, our journey continues....~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)