Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Come back!

I've noticed from my google analytics that most of you have stopped checking my blog, but who can blame you? How could I expect traffic to stay the same when I haven't blogged about anything of much interest in quite a while? Well I can't, so I'm begging everyone to come back! I promise I'll try to be better at keeping fresh Allison pictures up.

Since it's been so long since my last real post I'll have to rewind a little before I can get to stuff going on in the present. I mentioned that we were headed to NM after Christmas to spend a week with Frank's family, and I have SO many pictures to share, but I'll have to narrow it down to my favorites for time's sake.

It's difficult to cover an entire week of activities in one blog, so I wont give too much detail.

Day 1: Fly to Albuquerque, run errands, meet the Riedels for lunch, drive to Ruidoso. Long day! Here are some pictures:

Allison with her Uncle John. They were buddies by the end of the trip.

Lunch with the Riedel's

Allison loved Frank's cousin Marna!...

...and her great aunt Sheila.

Allison wasn't going to miss out on an opportunity to eat, although she was just as interested in licking the table as she was her applesauce. It's a good thing I'm not a germ freak.

She CRASHED soon after that. I felt so bad for her. Minus the short nap in the car after our flight, she had missed all naps that day! Poor baby...

Day 2 was spent at the Farmer family reunion. It was only about an hour drive from the cabin we were staying at, so we were able to make a day trip of it. I somehow managed to miss out on the picture taking there, but I do have a really cute one of Allison and Jen (Frank's sister) at Wal-Mart that night. Check out her jacket!

Later that night Allison was having fun with Papa Mickey. They hadn't been together since she was 5 weeks, so it was really fun to see them play.

Our third day Frank and I went to Ski Apache, which we can actually see from the cabin! It couldnt have been a better location. However, that ski trip convinced us that we definitely need our own ski stuff. We waited in line for almost two hours, yes HOURS, just to rent skis. We almost left and got our money back, but I'm glad we didn't.

Once we finally got to ski, I did pretty good. Definitely better than before, but I think I need to go more than once every two years if I'm ever going to improve. I can't wait till we have kids old enough to go with us so we can teach them.

Here we are before we left. Doesn't Frank look he should be named Hans and trained to kill? haha.

OK, so I didn't do that good skiing. I got suck on this small slope.

...and right after that picture I feel right on my face. I was pretty irritated that Frank never fell, yet he had "wonderful" tips on how to get back up from a fall. I eventually lost my cool when his tips didn't work so I made him fall on purpose to prove that his instructions were terrible. He's been blaming me for a pain in his hip ever since. :)

The rest of our trip was spent relaxing at the cabin, soaking in the hot tub, playing the Wii, reading, and sleeping. Allison was horrible most of the trip by my standards, and that was embarrassing. I'm used to her napping at the right times, and going to bed without much fuss, but she would scream and cry every night at bedtime and refuse to take naps during the day. I'm hoping that next time we go there she will be old enough to be told to behave.

I also have to note that our flight back with her was one of the most embarrassing experiences I've been through. She cried for the first 20 minutes or so, and then finally fell asleep in my arms. Not bad, right? Well she woke up about 10 minutes later and was mad as a hornet. She screamed (I can't express that enough) for the rest of the flight. We had people turning around in their seats to stare at us and the flight attendant stopped by twice to ask if we needed help and if we had remembered to bring a bottle. We tried everything to calm her down - toys, rocking, bottle, Tylenol, etc. but nothing would settle her down. When we landed she sat quietly and waited while everyone filed out (go figure), but Frank and I were so mortified that we were afraid of making eye contact with people. NEVER again. She will be on a hefty dose of Benedryl before I will set foot on a plane with her.

Other than that terrible 2 hours, the trip was wonderful. We got to see a lot of family, ski, and relax for a whole week!

I have ton of new pictures of Allison to post, and I will try to get to that tomorrow!


Donna Lawson said...

1)The ski outfits can only be described as "fierce."
2)Allison is rocking the pink ensemb.
3)You should know two things about New Mexico boys, both the snow and the mountains call to them. It's a weird love affair.
4)Benadryl is your best friend when flying with babies and children. It's good for their "allergies." It is the center of all of my sucessful flying with Ashley stories, especially the trip when she was two. If you are a truly a good girl and say your prayers, when she is a bit older you might run across a bottle of Children's NyQuil. Buy every bottle and cherish them like a family heirloom. Trust me.
5) Welcome back.

Jen said...

Thanks for the post -- it's kind of bittersweet. Great reminders of all the fun times we had, but also makes me sad I won't see you guys again for a while.

Anonymous said...

Yeah! I'd about given up you blogging, Kristin! But I was still checking - I can't wait for pics of Allison :)

Now you need to work on Amy's blogging habits!

Love ya!
Aunt Susan

Unknown said...

Your Google Readers are still here! And, can I just say that I roared justing imagining Frank snapping pictures of you instead of helping you up! HILARIOUS! (Danny's "tips" always make me irritable too!)

Heidi said...

Thanks so much for the new update. I love it. And also you don't have to worry about me NOT checking your blog. I check it about every other day because I know you will eventually get a post up. Your trip looked wonderful and I loved the ski pictures...especially the ones of you on the ground. Some time you will have to make it to Colorado to ski in our mountains.

Tiffani said...

Yay, you are back :) Now that you are, you should check out http://www.blog2print.com - at the click of a button you can print your blog off as a scrapbook - how cool is that?

BTW, totally though that was Franks Halloween costume as a Ted Kazinski type until I read the entry, haha. You should have encouraged him not to smile and to involve non-verbal sounds into his communication :)