Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Aqualandia Adventure-ia

We picked a great day to go to a water park and splash our day away.
the park is not called Laguna de Oro--this is one of the pools

The park was the perfect mixture of slides, pools, and shows for our entire crew--which can be a challenge sometimes with one of our crew still under the mark (making her fare free), and another over the mark (making her an adult fare).
above and below the height markers

We liked the clever fans/maps/showtime information that we were given at the entrance.
Upon settling at our umbrella and lounge chairs, the kids wasted no time getting wet and having huge amounts of fun.

Ted managed to find us some yummies covered in nutella and powdered sugar for our afternoon snack.

The park was not without its share of dangerous thrills...and while we have no pictures of the kids coming down any of the multitude of slides, we do have this shot of them dangerously close to a shark!
They might look scared, but don't let them fool you--the day was full of smiles!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy-O

We just want to take this opportunity to publicly say that we have the best husband and daddy ever.   He makes everything a little more fun!
And, in honor of our current country of residency, we celebrated with an Italian cream cake--which was marvelous, if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Croatia by Boat

I (Kristi) was able to take a day away from the family (on Ted's and my 17th wedding anniversary, no less) and spend it with girlfriends in Croatia.

We went together on a trip organized by the base tickets and travel office.  We boarded a bus at the ungodly hour of 0430 and drove 4ish hours to Croatia where we were able to take a boat cruise along the shores of Croatia.

Along the way we saw some very beautiful sights...

like the Roman ruins in Porec,

some picture perfect water,

romantic and colorful city scapes...

and some sights that will haunt you...
Yes, the gentleman has on his fannypack with the speedo.  This was a tame sight--there were many nude bathers that I refrained from photgraphing.  It's just a way of life here, I guess.

We also spent a fair amount of time shopping (no surprise), and came home with these awesome hats.

The food delights included our lunch--2 mackerel, whole (yup, heads and tails on each, but they were fantastic!), a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe, a quiet dinner without having to read the menu for anyone else, and some refreshing lemon gelato in the heat of the afternoon (that was darn cheap, to boot!).
Time to plan another ladies adventure!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Missoula Children's Theater

The girls had a fantastic week.  In just 5 short days they auditioned for, rehearsed and performed in King Arthur's Quest.

Although they had performed in this same show two years earlier, it was surprisingly fun and different.  Since there were more participants this year, it allowed for parts that had to be cut out of their first experience to be included in this one.

As a result, their parts, the Damsels in Distress, were completely new to them.
Riley standing on far right, Mary Beth sitting on far right

They came home saying, "We have to scream like girls!",

making it no surprise that at the end of their performance Riley was complaining that her throat was sore.
Another fun week of summer fun with Missoula.  They always have such a good time!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sweet Dreams

Apparently this book was a real snoozer.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America

From our little piece of America hidden away in Italy.  We celebrate the land of the free because of the brave.

May God Bless the USA!

We have a fun day of grilling with friends planned.  Then we are off to the base for some fireworks.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Give Thanks

Sometimes I am reminded of how blessed I am to be married to the most amazing woman! Kristi absolutely rocks. She does so much for the family.

Just look how pretty she is. I just love her.