Friday, October 7, 2011

Dad & kids travel without me...

While I was snuggling my niece and eating way too much good food in Seattle, Joe took the opportunity to do a little traveling with the kids. Brave man!

He took the kids on a 12-hour drive to see their cousins in Albuquerque.

(From the looks of the photos on our camera, it would appear that all eight children lived on their own and hung out together all weekend by themselves--no adults in any of the pics!)

After the weekend, Joe and kids went off to Santa Fe...

...and then up through Colorado, stopping at Garden of the Gods.

Then a repeat performance of the Seven Falls stair climb--all 224 steps!

It was good for them!

Garden of the Gods has a fabulous gift shop...with silly hats!

After many years, they also made a repeat visit to the Colorado Springs Ghost Town Museum.

Everyone loves panning for gold when you're pretty much guaranteed to come out with some gold!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Over the rivers and through some see my new niece in Seattle

Seeing my brother as a first-time dad is pretty!

A doting dad he is!

Lovely new mama, Lan-Vi

As for me, I introduced my niece to a little conversation, singing, dancing, and even some cheer.

She talks now and is learning the alphabet.
She's quite advanced! ;^)

Gramma. This picture--my fave!

Dad & Doog

Oh, we reaped the benefits of the resident chef/former restaurant owner, Lan-Vi!

First full-family photo


MK's lion finally made it to its rightful owner.

One of Chris's modes of transportation

Off he goes

Bello & Freddie


Can you find the cupid's bow?

Nika inherited a Cox "pucker" trait from her dad and grandpa.

The family and Seattle skyline

Pretty mama and sweet babe

Strollering dad

A Puget Sound sunset