Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Break

March 12- March 19

We started our journey in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. It was an emotional journey taking us back to that day on April 19, 1995 when there was a bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It was the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. The museum is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives and those injured. It had a real impact on our boys. Christian did his final research paper on this topic after our visit. I recommend everyone take a tour through this national memorial.

Our next stop....Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Our next home . We had never been there so we all wanted to see it first hand before our move this summer.

Here we are in front of the Air Defense monument.

From Ft. Sill we traveled to San Antonio, Texas. We spent our first day at Sea World. Boy was is crowded but a beautiful sunny day. (All the Sea World pictures were taken with my phone so not the best photos.)

The guys getting ready to enter the park.

Lucey and I waiting in a long line to ride the Merry-Go-Round. She loved it.

She was enamoured by the Sesame Street characters. Look at how huge Ernie and Bert are. Adam is 6ft + tall.....

Lucey loved Zoe and her tutu.

Lucey being hugged by Telly Monster. You would think she would be scared but she wasn't at all. Do you know anything about Telly? I just learned that his character is emotional, fussy, and is a worrywart who examines every event from every angle. Hmmmmm....I had no idea. I have sympathy for this guy. I can relate a bit too.

We saw a few shows and rode a few rides and Little Miss LuLu was passed out in her Daddy's arms at the end of the day.

The next day was spent on The River Walk and The Alamo.

The Troops love to eat and they seem to perform based on if they are full or not. So our first stop on the river was lunch. We ate outside on this beautiful day and enjoyed people watching and the live music.

Happily waiting for their food to arrive.

Adam and I were mostly enjoying the live music.

We took the boat ride and we had the most hilarious driver which kept the boys laughing the entire trip. They love sarcastic humor.

Lucey relaxed on my lap.

The Alamo was super crowded but it didn't take away from feeling like we were walking on sacred ground. I have been here several times. I was so happy for the boys to experience this place. All three love History.

Lucey and her new cowgirl hat and pop gun. She is the cutest cowgirl ever.

The following day we took a tour of Wilford Hall (Hospital on Lackland Airforce Base) where Andrew and Christian were born. I was medevaced via a Black Hawk helicopter due to severe complications. That was over 13 years ago but I remember that day like it was yesterday.

The boys were really excited about seeing the place where they were born. Look at them now.... they look like the picture of health.

This Hallway tells many stories....stories with pictures of how some babies survived and thrived and how other babies were taken home to Jesus. Every story expresses the love of families and how they received the best care from the staff here at this hospital. Babies and Mama's medevaced from around the world. The boys are eager to help us tell our story. We are working on our story to add to the wall. A Dr. came out to meet us and she was thrilled to meet the boys and she was so happy to see them thriving. So big after coming into the world so tiny.

Me and my miracles. I wish I had a picture to share of me with them 13 years ago....I'm sure I have one of us taken on this bench. I'm going to go find one!

The last day spent in San Antonio we went to El Mercado...the outdoor market. We shopped, ate and had a fun time watching the performers.

St. Patrick's Day we drove back to Oklahoma City to spend the evening on their River Walk. We ate a fun pub but it was late and we needed some rest before traveling back home.

We also celebrated 20 years of marriage while in San Antonio. The boys watched Lucey that night so we could dine was a very nice place and we had a great evening together. Ron also bought me a very special gift....we ordered it from home but picked it up on the day of our anniversary at our bank right there in the heart of San Antonio. Let me just has a lot of sparkle! Thank you, Ron......what a great ending to our trip. I love you!!!