|Kevin and Bridgette
|Their home in Lake Tamarisk is just a few miles from our high school (no longer there as the iron mine and its community are gone).
|The hills are still very dry, but it's a pretty drive with only pockets of traffic.
|One advantage to close quarters is having your handsome neighbor on dog TV.
With no errands to run this visit, all our time is planned around when family schedules allow us to see those kiddos. Corey (Bill's number two, our three) meets us for dinner our first night, but we have to wait to meet Oliver as he's catching up on sleep after a rough day. The next day Oliver and his parents stop by the rig so we can get those long awaited hugs!
|Hard to beat the tacos at Solitas - they're delicious!
|PopPop gets to meet grandson Oliver. Number eight!!
|Mommy Christy and Daddy Corey with our newest Gravel.
Our "borrowed daughter" Megan calls with bad news that Henry isn't feeling well so they can't meet us for Saturday brunch. Bummed!!! A little while later she calls back that Chris will stay with the little guy, and she can come up to see us. This is a wonderful Plan B as I've sure missed my girl!!
|Big M and Nawma reconnecting.
|Little M is quite the talker and we learn everything his little robot can do. And what he'd do if he could. And what he's done in the past. And.......
|Big M's robot is a little more advanced and can talk for himself :-))))
|Uncle Richie has robot-envy!
|A gaggle of Gravels Nick (Bill's oldest and our number two) with M&M and Richie.
|Oliver is thinking he likes this PopPop guy!
|Christy, Corey and Oliver - all so cute!
|Ezra and his PopPop always have a great time.
|A visit to the rig means discovering fun with flashlights.
|Why sit anywhere else when you can share with PopPop!
|PopPop reads to Elliott with help from big brother.
|Ezra plays with his new robot - it follows any route you draw for it. Great fun!
Now that they're feeling better, we're able to have a little birthday party for Elliott. What fun to see him open and play with his presents and dig into his cake. Also hard to believe he's already two years old.
|Ready to give the cake a try.
|The new shopping cart is a big hit as he loads it with lots of goodies, and gives his buddy Buzz a ride.
|Help from Ezra and Cam who are just as excited as the birthday boy :-)
|I have several pics of Elliott's dad that look just like this :-)))
|Shalise, Elliott, Ezra (not happy we're leaving early), and Brian.
|We're laughing because Elliott is screaming to be let down-probably thinks we're going to try and take him with us!
|Bill, Darryl, Dawn and Jodee at the Quartzsite Yacht Club.
The 300+ miles back to Tombstone is long and often boring, but we return to the house without incident. Hard to believe we're already back - time with the grands always goes much to fast. Hoping to get back to see them soon :-)