Monday, June 1, 2009

Whirlwind weekend

Wow we were busy this weekend.

We celebrated my Grandpa's 81st birthday on Saturday (He's actual B-day is June 2). So we all went to my Grandparents house and had Mexican food made by my Grandma, best authentic Mexican I can get!! Then we played outside because it was a BEAUTIFUL day.

When I was a kid my Grandpa used to take my brother and I around in his "tractor" which is a riding lawnmower in the bucket that attaches to the back. We always had a grand time and FINALLY Saturday Gabe wasn't afraid of it anymore.

First my brother took me in the bucket without Gabe to try and get him excited that someone else was doing it. My Grandparents have an acre and a half huge yard and the neighbors were out in their backyard laughing at my brother and I giggling up a storm as two adults alone in this thing.

Then I convinced Gabe to go in it with me in the bucket with him and my brother driving. Mostly he wanted to drive it by himself though. We told him he can't drive til he can reach the peddles (lol). So here he is pretending to drive. There were lots of tractor sounds involved too.

Or chase my brother and I in it (I'm driving my 6'4" brother is in the bucket a little squished). Mike got some really cute pictures of Gabe.

And I just really love this one:

I have to say that Saturday was the first time I REALLY REALLY had fun playing with Gabe. I mean I enjoy hanging out with him and learning new things but this was something that *I* really enjoyed from being a kid and getting to share it with Gabe was fun and exciting because it was nostalgic for me and brand new for him.

BUT that was only Saturday!

Yesterday we went to Chicago to visit one of our dearest friends (who I wish lived closer). He lives in Nebraska but was in Chicago on business. So of course we decided to visit Skip. So usually when we go to Chicago we drive (2 1/2 hours if we don't hit traffic). But this time we thought, what the heck lets take the train. TOTALLY WORTH IT!! It probably cost us about 10 bucks more that way but no hassle and no traffic. The train ride is only 1 1/2 hours, even with the 25 min it takes us to get to the train station it's faster. Plus Mike and I got to spend time together on the train doing crossword puzzles.

We did get lost getting off the train though and walked about a mile out of our way. We ended up catching a cab (note to self just catch the cab right away next time). We had lunch at Giordano's Home of world famous stuffed pizza. We did have two stuffed pizzas (there were 5 adults so we weren't TOO piggy). Anyone that knows anything about pizza knows Chicago is the best place for pizza ;)

So all in all a wonderful weekend with both family time and adult time which is really the best of both worlds.


  1. Cute, cute. I love the picture of him running up the hill after you. Good times! :)

  2. Sounds like you had a great time! It's so, so much fun showing your kids stuff you did when you were little. I can't wait to catch lightning bugs with Chase this Summer!

  3. ooh catching fireflies will be so much fun. I'm pretty sure my kid would be the one catching them a little too "hard" though.

  4. Oh man, I am ONE LETTER away from finishing the UC Davis's newspaper's (The Aggie's) crossword of the day!!!

    I think I'm going to just put an e there and hope it's right!

    I feel so accomplished!

  5. Mike buys them by the book now and does several a night at work (3rd shift) because they have NO work to do.