Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FLORIDA



Wee Marius was born on January 27 and a week later poor Hillary had to have an appendectomy.  Now it came time for his blessing which meant Robert and I would travel to Cape Coral, FL to play with the New Hatch Batch.  We flew out of Cleveland on Monday, March 10 and into Ft. Myers.  It was a lovely trip even tho I was imagining all sorts of horrible endings to the flight.  I made certain all my Visiting Teaching was completed, even giving the message to Jan Warren who kindly drove us to Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  Hillary and the kids met us at the airport and drove us to their lovely home.  The above video shows us driving out of the community.  It was a wonder to see a lovely climate when back home in NE Ohio they would be suffering another mini polar vortex and as I watched the news release of various accidents, I actually felt guilty for being in warm and sunny Florida.  There were just too many things to see and do, grands to play with, to spend too much time in guilt...especially since all too soon we'd be returning.

Here is my firt glimpse at Marius Edmond Hatch in the flesh.  He slept most of the way home from the airport and when I heard him moving about, I slid back the suncovering and looked upon his amazing face. As soon as we settled in at their home,  Robert was able to hold Marius.

 The kids helped me to our room and of course immediately wanted to use my iPad, mostly to watch a movie.  I had bought the digital version of Frozen to watch with Lily and we did, later on.  First it was the Incredibles for Rob.  We had our own room, a comfy futon mattress, bathroom right across the hall.  All was perfect.
 Robert spent some free time, as usual, reading.  This time he read the books Jordan and Hillary had. The one in this picture concerns OHIO.
 Of course we had books to give to these kids and we both spent a lot of time reading and rereading the new stories.
 Lily is very much into applying makeup but Robert needed a manicure with polish and of course Lily obliged.

 Is this not the cutest little face that just begs to be kissed or squeezed?  And oh that curly hair.

 Any object becomes something to explore and create with.  He is very much interested in technology of any kind, of engineering things.  The cogs just go round and round.  He's happy to play with Lily but is so perfect by himself, entertaining himself.
 Hillary cuddling with Marius.
 And at last, I got to have a picture taken with Marius. Always the problem when you take all the pictures, you always have to ask someone to take some of you.  Look at this lamp...asleep and just happy to lie in someone's arms.  Why can't we as adults sleep like this?
 On Tuesday, Miss Lily had her first dentist appointment.  We noticed the hesitation in her conversation but off she went while we played with the boys at home.  And she did so well and by the time she got home, she was so experienced!  Ready to tell all about the adventure.
 Altho this picture is upside down, you get the idea...this is her first xray of her mouth, with the adult teeth already forming.
 Dawn had said Lily needed to take some sun glasses so the bright light didn't bother her eyes. She did but her dentist already had a pair for her.  The dentist had names for all tools, like Mr. Thristy for the tube that sucked out the water.


 For comfort sake, her baby doll and blanket went with her and stayed close by her.



 Lily is a fashionista..with so many pretty clothes.  Luckily Lily loves to dress us and knows that Sunday and church requires good dressup clothes.  For that I am grateful.  I think children need to learn that Sundays require better clothes and perhaps that aids them in knowing how to act more in keeping with the holiness of the day.  One their way home from the dentist, Lily and her mom did a little shopping and right here Lily is sporting her new pair of gloves for Easter.  I believe she also got a hat and purse.  She's all set.

 One of the first things Jordan did when they settled things in Florida was to build some square foot gardens and get them planted.  Here's Hillary coming through their lanai door, arms filled with produce for dinner
 One evening while Hillary and I went to Costco, Robert, Jordan and the 3 kids went to their park to play.
 Initially Robert was going to ride Jordan's bike, pulling the cart and Jordan was going to push the stroller...but it was hot and it was a distance so they turned around and got the car.  Smart move.











 If you look close you can see a string wrapped around Marius' thumb...so reminding me of Marissa who has always had a piece of her baby quilt, an edging to wrap through her fingers.  So of course I needed to take a picture.
 One day Robert and I took Lily and Rob to the Imaginarium.  We think it was created in an old aquarium building.  The first thing we took in was a presentation on animals.  Rob was very happy to touch the toad, which is different from a frog in that it doesn't have sticky feet to climb.
 Lily even hook the toad's 'hand'. Such bravery.  Perhaps it was the trip to the dentist that made her brave.
 But they both easily stroked a baby girl alligator.

 That was about as long as Rob was interested in listening to this very slow presentation so he and I left and went to the area of the buildings that offered things to do. Soon Lily and Robert joined us.  At the puppet area Lily found this royal cape, quilted with a crown on the back and naturally she had it on in a flash.
 And it stayed on even as she ran the 'steam' shovel.
 Rob enjoyed the wall of moveable and educational puzzles.
 But most of all the sandbox.  I wasn't certain we would ever get him out.

 Robert and I also took the kids to their library.  They had something to return and you know how we love libraries.  As luck would have it, the first spot we passed were shelves filled with pop-up books...and you know how I love popup books.  I now have a list of books I need to save and then purchase.



 Robert, ever the inquisitive one...spent a long while with the busy table.
 or with puzzles.  He is very good at this activity.

 This video actually occurred on our first day with them.  Rob has always had a fascination with fans and now vacuums.  Add Robert to this and let me tell you, it was a lark!

Our trip was wonderful and we are grateful that we were wanted and will now start to save for the next trip.


2 comments:

Dawn Barrett said...

What a great synopisis of the week!!

Lin Floyd said...

what a fun place to visit and especially in the winter. I can't wait for my grandkids to come visit us in April for spring break and easter. We had 80 degrees today!

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