In May, we had a first: Mommy's first trip away from Max for more than 150 miles and more than one night. I traveled to Phoenix to see my friend/pretty-much-sister Beka Zemansky graduate from the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism. Beka has had a pretty amazing journey in life, and this was one of the great moments I got to share with her and her boyfriend Steven. They were fantastic hosts: we shared food, fun, laughs, British tv, and so much. She is an amazing journalist, and you should check out her site: http://rebekahzemansky.com/
Some of our fun:
|View of downtown Phoenix from B/S's apt.|
|B and her editor, Steve.|
|Steven and Beka. Awesome couple; awesome friends.|
|Yep - she did it! Hooding!!|
|Flying the souvenir jet plane Mommy got at the airport.|
When I got back from Arizona, Paul, Max and I attended an 85th birthday brunch for Grandma GG's mom, Jeanette. It was a great celebration. Here are some pics from that event:
|Linda and Jeanette, the birthday girl.|
|Max's favorite part of any celebration: cupcakes!|
|Max and his friend Alaina holding hands. SUPER cute.|
|Jeanette with actual and extended grandchildren.|
|My stepbro Cory Paustian, my older bro Rob, little bro Ben, me, Dad and Linda.|
Pretty sure it's the first time in a while we were all in a picture!
|Linda, Cory/Cat, Rob (Sara there in spirit), Ben/Jamie (a week before Dex came), Paul, Max and I, Dad.|
The weekend Dexter was born we also visited because of our own family tradition of the Wichita River Run(me/Paul from our first year dating).
Rob, Sara, Paul, Max, and I weathered the hot weather in the race while Mom and Joe weathered it as spectators. In addition to the 2-mile effort, this was the first year Max could run the Tot Trot. And he could run it with his friend John, the son of my friend Kerri whom I have known since Kindergarten. So rewarding that Kerri and I can meet up, share our stories and our kids, and it's as if no time goes by. It's fun too when our parents/stepparents can see this too. Just rewarding.
|Like every weekend we visit Wichita, it starts with Grandpa Joe giving Max a new Cars vehicle. |
Grandpa spoils this kid!
|Susan, Paul and Max with the River Fest Wagon Master - he's a big deal. :-)|
|John and Max. Only a week apart. Our little blond boys. |
|Paul with Max up front and left; Kerri with John over right in green.|
|The line-up of 2-year-old runners.|
Okay - so that was just the end of May and beginning of June.
More will come. If you don't see yourself or some events, don't worry. I love you all. It's coming!!!