Sunday, February 28, 2016

Coming home, January 1-2

We flew back to DFW on January 1st. The flight was uneventful except Jack got sick on the plane. He'd been coughing so much and I kept giving him stuff to help him stop coughing, it all just came up. He was great though and very calm through it all. He finished the rest of his flight with Kyle's flannel shirt and an airplane blanket as his pants.

We stayed in the Fort Worth area that night and then stopped at the Water Gardens in downtown Fort Worth to explore and take pictures. I think this is our third visit at least. It is definitely a very cool spot and great for photos. 

Jack before the incident

Wes loving the view

Lillian sat on a row with strangers so Kyle and I could both sit with one of the boys. 

Fort Worth Water Garden

The roots are so amazing!

Kyle and Lillian on the Mountain

Another family shot in front of the second fountain.

The kids staggered on the mountain. 

Our favorite (or least?) fountain

I really don't like letting go

It makes forsome good shots though. 

Final family picture. 




Then we hit up the Fort Worth Trader Joe's and headed home. Whew!  

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Christmas in Ohio

We were in Ohio for Christmas this year, December 20- January 1st. It was the boys first time to fly and really Lillian's too (the others she was pretty young).  Our visit was pretty similar to our time over the summer partially due to the mild weather allowing us to visit our favorite outdoor spots. The best part however that was different was the whole Welty clan being together.

We spent our days walking over to Rising Park and climbing Mt Pleasant, driving down to Hocking Hills for hikes, visiting with Great grandparents across the street, catching up with the extended family over Chrsitmas Eve and Christmas Day, and a couple nights in Columbus visiting with Kyle's high school friends and staying with Uncle Kevin. Most of these things we did multiple times. There was, very unfortunately, a great sickness that got in the way of some of our adventures and most of the Maryland Weltys were sick at some point including Naomi who ended up in the hospital for 3-4 days(!).
First time flying

Rising Park

Bethany Lynn
Naomi before the sickness
Fireplace at Grammy and Grandpa's
Christmas Eve at G&G Grimm with the whole family
Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills
Boys in the basement
Baby Whisperer

Christmas 2015
View of Lancaster from Mt Pleasant
Highschool friends- Kyle, Andrew, and Mark
The Well- Lancaster, OH

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

quick stop in Durham







After our time in the NC mountains, we headed east to Durham.  Our stay in Durham was quite short, but we enjoyed staying with an old friend outside of town.  Staying at 'Mr. Andrew's' was great fun for the kids, who enjoyed swimming several times.


the kids on the castle side of Mr. Andrew's house


we also were able to visit Kevin and his family outside of Chapel Hill





Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hawkins Family Reunion

After our second night in GSMNP, it was time to head to Dillsboro, NC, where we were going to meet up with Katie’s family.  We all stayed in Hannah’s parents spacious home, which is just outside of town.  It was great to be together, and the time passed very quickly.  There were 12 adults and 12 kids, but it seemed that the children had us outnumbered.  For the most part, the cousins played well together and had a great time.  

The weather was warm and humid, but the evenings and mornings were very pleasant.  We were able to do a lot outdoors, with excursions to the river among the highlights.

Kyle took a lot of pictures; we’ve uploaded a sampling of them here.


Jack and Phillip at bat


Timo and Jim

cousins posing w/ a bull elk in the background



Dad/Grandpa and Hannah model the custom made t-shirts




Wes and Daniel picked up where they left off at Christmas

nail polish session on the front steps



staged or real?

the Woody's (Hannah's parents) house at dusk


Mattias was unsure about the kiss from Adella

action shot

Jim in the midst of his daily evening serenade (or playing charades -- I can't remember)