Saturday, March 31, 2007

Astros Exhibition Game

We had a ball at the Astros game last night vs. the Kansas City Royals. Olivia and McIver learned a few baseball tips, but their favorite part was the fireworks show at the end. Final Score: Astros 4, KC 2. Game-winning run was hit by Luke Scott which is McIver's new favorite thing to say: Luuuuuuke!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Visit with Isemans

While we were in Columbia for Papa's funeral, we stayed with our friends Elizabeth and Tupp Iseman. The children all had lots of fun playing with each other. Olivia especially loved playing 'big sister' to Mary Frances. McIver loved all of Morgan's toys, but especially the huge workbench and all the tools.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Meeting Amelia Grace Merritt

Although we were in Columbia for Papa's funeral, there were many reasons to celebrate. Along with remembering stories about Papa and celebrating his life, we were glad to be able to meet the newest Merritt - Amelia Grace.

I overheard Olivia telling McIver: Well, McIver, I have some good news and some bad news.
McIver: What's the bad news?
Olivia: The bad news is that Papa died and has gone to Heaven. I guess that's good news b/c he won't have any more wrinkles. But that's not the really good news.
McIver: What's the good news?
Olivia: (shouting) We get to meet Baby Amelia and we can both hold her!!!!
And hold her, they did!

Kelli heard McIver say: Oh, she's crying, she needs me.

Remembering Papa

We all loved Papa so much and were so sad to learn of his death last week. But, we are fortunate to have been able to visit with him and Mamoo, as well as Will's Uncle Bobby and his family, on Isle of Palms in January. It was a beautiful day - the kids played in the ocean and ran around on the beach - and Olivia and McIver have good memories of that day. We took a few pictures with Papa, but this one if my favorite.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

St. Patricks Day Party at the Stricklins'

McIver hogged the trikes.
Lining up for the bike parade.
Olivia showing off all her leprechaun finds.
McIver enjoyed a skate boarding lesson with Mrs. Hardie.

Olivia & Abby prepare for the bike parade.
Our friends Gay & Don Stricklin host a St. Patricks Day Party every year. This year was another great time. The Little Leprechauns enjoyed a bike parade and leprechaun hunt.

Friday, March 23, 2007


After our whirlwind tour of New Braunfels and San Antonio, we braved the Rodeo on the last day of Spring Break. Olivia and McIver had gotten good at standing in line waiting for rides. I can't even count how many they rode. They loved the Dragon Wagon roller coaster the best, I think.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Alamo & Sea World

Our trip to The Alamo was quick. Just long enough to take a quick peek around and have a few pictures made. The weather wasn't super cooperative, but I don't think Olivia & McIver could have lasted too much longer anyway. We got the required pictures of the kids in front of The Alamo, though.

The skies cleared by the time we got to Sea World! The kids had a BLAST. They loved the Shamu show - but we were all glad not to be sitting in the 'splash zone.' McIver rode his first roller coaster (the Shamu Express) and held his hands in the air the entire time. We all rode the water log ride as our last ride of the day and got soaked.

Spring Break - New Braunfels & San Antonio

We had a WONDERFUL Spring Break in New Braunfels & San Antonio, despite the rainy weather. Enjoyed a delicious meal at the Grist Mill on the Guadalupe River one night. The kids loved eating outside. Our tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns was great fun. We felt very Griswold (National Lampoons Vacation) when taking this picture of the kids on the dinosaur. I can't even imagine how many kids have had their pictures made on this very dinosaur.