We made it home at 6pm and Kyle is now putting the kids to bed back in our own house. Here are some highlights and things we learned from the trip:
*Kyle ran a 5K and came in # 161 out of 222. He ran 1 1/2 miles in 16:46 (not bad when he hadn't been training at all for it!)
*I lost a toenail on one foot by kicking a suitcase...no surprise there, I'm always kicking something
*...and got a mega bruise on my other foot by dropping a peanut butter jar on it
*Benjamin took a nap on the sidewalk of Truth or Consequences (we let him out of the car because he was sick and we didn't want him sick all over the car)
*Kyle, true to form, came home with three nice bags jam packed full of hundreds of drug pens and other random drug labelled stuff (like a clock, stapler, pocket knife, toothbrushes, rubber duckies, otoscope)
*Johnny has become excited about potty training (see my last posting) and is still doing pretty well with it!
*Johnny had his first experience in a real swimming pool (our town in Oklahoma didn't have a pool)
*Benjamin is learning how to swim and isn't afraid of the water
*Courtney started not being so afraid of the water
*Kyle got to sing and play his saxophone for the Acting Surgeon General and lots of his higher up underlings
*We learned that scotch tape is a byproduct of making cheese
*Kyle loves saguaro cactus
*We love the waffle makers at hotel breakfasts!
* One thing the kids enjoy on vacation at hotels is that they get to watch TV. We're glad (meaning...Kyle and I are glad) that we don't have cable or satellite TV.
*Lots of FFA kids and Maryland Air Force Reservists now know about the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
*Kyle's always going to bring an extra collar device or two on business trips (since he's glad someone else did...an almost disaster)
*Tucson has a pretty cool Children's Museum we walked to about a mile from our hotel. The kids got to drive a sub, a police motorcycle, and a fire truck. There was also this very cool shadow room where you could pose and then move away from the wall and your shadow was still there. I had a lot of fun in that room!
*The kids DON'T like walking in the hot weather. At all.
Our little dairy farmer, inspired by the hotel full of FFA kids we spent the week with:
Mom, these are the swim shirts. You can't see it well, but Johnny's got his "muscle suit" on. And Ben is wearing his "giggles".