Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday morning we flew Aer Lingus to Belfast where we were greeted by Jonny's parents, our nieces and nephew.
We have had a pretty mellow first few days staying pretty close to Jonny's parents' house. Today Jonny and I headed to Belfast to have his passport renewed and get the kids their British passports. We found an internet hotspot, so we are catching up on emails while we wait for his passport to be finished.
I hope to find internet access somewhere by the in-laws house so I can add some pictures. The weather has been fabulous here and I have some beautiful pictures to share.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I meant to do some posting this past week and I actually had time to do so, but I think someone is messing with blogger and I was unable to access it for most of this past week. I seem to have normal access again and hope to access while we are in NI. I hope to do some posting while we are there of beautiful Northern Ireland.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Some good news though, I checked my blog and I can now read it without having to go through a proxy server! Yeah!!! I hope this motivates me to post more!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I was really hoping to catch up with my blogging, but I haven't even posted my 4th of July pictures yet. We will see if I have time between the jet lag and our trip to Northern Ireland (we leave a week from Thursday!!!). I guess I should have caught up while I was here because it wouldn't have taken me as long because the internet connection is so fast it is unbelievable!!! Until next summer!!!
Here are a few shots of today. We hung out with my sisters and their kids.
Angus and Aiden playing in the sand. Boy are my kids going to miss this!!!
Gemma and Isaac on the trampoline. And this too!!!
The cousins! (Gabe couldn't be with us because he was going to Adventure Land.)
Aunt Becky and Gemma
Aunt Jenny with Angus
Monday, July 14, 2008
On one of our last days in Nebraska we had the pleasure of attending the surprise 70th birthday of our dear friend Larry Knutzen. Larry and Rida's daughters have been my friends for years and Paula was the maid of honor in our wedding. Jonny and I always love catching up with the Knutzens when we are back in NE and Jonny loves to have an Old Milwaukee with Larry!
Larry just finished golfing and was surprised to see a room full of friends and family. Here he is with his lovely wife Rida.
Gemma made friends quickly with some of the Knutzen cousins.
Larry's youngest daughter Holly with her little girl.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The highlight of the event for me was being introduced to a band called the String Beans. Now maybe I shouldn't be the one that got all excited, but these Wigglesque band were hugely entertaining and their tunes were extremely catchy.
Gemma eating her kettle corn on Grandma's lap.
Angus and Abby really enjoyed the String Beans, but from a distance.
Poor Aiden was bit by some type of bug the night before and had a horrible allergic reaction. My poor sister had to endure jokes about her being an abusive mother all week-end long.
We also had the pleasure of attending the parade. Here was one of the tractors that was a hit with the boy cousins!
And the old cars were popular too!
My favorite was the marching bands!
Friday, July 11, 2008
If you go back to this post:
There is a picture of Gemma and Anna 2 years ago when they were really little girls.
We had lunch and Cath Colgan so graciously watched the kids in the pool (which is no easy feat I might add when Angus is involved!) while I caught up with Dick, Bridget and Kelly. Here are a few snapshots of our day. I had a great picture of Cath with her new grandboy, but I accidently deleted it from my camera! Sorry!
Gemma, Angus, and Anna after their swim.
Bridget, Anna and Jason Weeks
Sunday, July 06, 2008
We started our trip with the Desert Dome!
It looks like the Outback of Australia when you first walk in.
Even down to the kookaburra sitting in the old gum tree!
Then we moved on to our old stomping grounds!
The kids in the Sonoran Desert of their home state Arizona!
We were able to see our favorite Javalina! Just don't call him pig!
They also had their nocturnal exhibit in the basement of the Desert Dome. It is really creepy because there are lots of bats, snakes, and spiders. There is even a swamp section with some other scary animals.
The alligator really freaked me out in the dark.
But we also were able to see some adorable beaver busy at work.
The sharks were really cool to see floating around the tunnel tank. This is a side view of the end of the tunnel tank.
The kids were happy to take a ride on the carousel.
These animals were gigantic!
It was another fantastic trip to the zoo! While I was research the contents of this post I learned that the Henry Doorly Zoo is the 4th best zoo in the U.S. as rated by user ratings on Trip Advisor. I think it is probably the best though! I highly recommend a trip to Omaha if only to see this incredible zoo!