Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Adventures

We went to the Keys over the 4th of July for some family fun!! Actually we were in Miami for fireworks and to visit Super Popop and the rest of the family and then spent the week down on the Islands with Gramsi and Popop. It was one of those vacations that fell into place, probably because we had nothing planned with little expectations. It began with a wonderful visit with the family. On the 4th we had plans to go to a local Hospital that was supposedly doing fireworks. When we arrived about 8:45 we were informed there was no show. Somehow the security guard felt sorry for us and told us to go to the parking garage of the hospital. This allowed us to see the entire skyline from Ft. Lauderdale to Homestead. We didn't just see fireworks, we saw them all and with a cool breeze blowing:) The rest off the week was as blessed with us having calm seas for the glass bottom boat, watching dolphin shows under cover during the rain, and finally making our flight home, barely!!
It was a BLAST:)

Our next adveture was camping with the Richerts at Buffalo Creek. This was Ella's first camping, and Sam's first time with her own sleeping bag!!! GREAT SUCCESS:)
Relaxation, cooking on the fire, hiking, smores in the dark, lots of dirt in our hair.
What else needs to be said? We're going again next week!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Our Dear Friend Gary

Diane (beloved wife of Gary)

I wanted to share some thoughts and feelings about Gary. My goal is not to provoke tears or sadness, mainly because Gary would not want that, but I just want to reassure you that he will not be forgotten and he will always have a special place in the hearts of 1512 Whitetail. I find it funny that 2 guys, one from New York, the other from New Mexico with a 23 year disparity in age could find similarities in stubbornness and be blunt in calling things the way they are and yet still call each other friends. Gary reinforced to me in many ways what a friend is and for that I am forever grateful! How many friends do you know that will show up to your 40th Birthday party with an old man mask to give you a glimpse of how you will look in the later years? Gary had an uncanny way of letting me know when to lighten up when it seemed nobody else would! I will miss him looking over my shoulder and helping me work on my car or him inquiring about my races. I may not have realized it then but it meant a lot to me. I will really miss seeing your garage door open and be able to stop and talk to him or have him give me a hand or even just wave! He will not be forgotten and he will be sorely missed! We are here for you.

Love, The O'Briens
P.S. It may seem like a strange request, but it will mean a lot if you could please leave the garage door open on my race days, or whenever is convenient for you, that way I know he hasn't forgotten about me as well!!

*A letter to Diane from AJ

Friday, July 15, 2011


As the kids don't ever stop growing, moving, talking, changing, so life goes on. One thing that unfortunately is not growing very well any more is the garden. We have had crazy thunderstorms the past few weeks in the afternoon. While the kids have fared well, the plants didn't. Here is the last great pictures we took. Some things might still make it but just barely:(
Here are some other moments that have been Flying By...

Teo Tim and Amanda visit with Kingston and Bella

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Chapters opening....chapters closing

Popop, Super Popop, GG
Today GG has left our world. We count our blessing of all the moments that we spent with her over the years. We are so glad to have memories with Sam and her Super Greats!! We wish the family joyful times as they transition through this hard process, that they remember to embrace each other fondly.

Friday, May 27, 2011

One Massive Update

Sorry to anyone not interested but I need to record these life moments somewhere and I've been a slacker. So, I'm going to put in 2 months worth of information mainly about the girls. For those of you that are interested, please enjoy the mass overload.

I better start writing stuff down because Ella is officially moving forward. It's more of an army crawl at this point (started 5/29/11) but it gets her where she wants to go.

- around the first week of March she laughed for the first time and began knowing her name
- 3/11 rolled over to get a toy
- 4/9 rolling over and back all directions and playing/eating feet; pushing herself backwards
- 5/25 sitting up on own
- 5/29 army crawl forward

Here are some highlights from our active, talkative toddler.
"You're kidding, that's great!!" a direct quotes with lots of expression and arm gestures.
She began counting objects in a book in April
She was saying "underwear" for under water.....we must have been swimming a lot, and doing the potty thing all at the same time:)
Loves the song "Big Girls Don't Cry" that Teo Tim put on her CD.
Tim mentioned that when he's having a bad day he thinks of our girls and it helps ground him!!
4/9 we had our first stomach flu and puked for the first time (I know something everyone wants to know and remember)
5/13 Sam had a fun weekend with Dad, Grami, and Grandma while Mom and Ella spent the week in Dallas with the Trinity girls. My first time away from her other than the 1 night of Ella's birth.

Here she had fun on a trip to the Aquarium.

We re-stained our banister, painted our office, and got new carpet this spring. Sam helped every step of the way, and she really had some fun too!!!