Sunday, January 31, 2016

A busy January

We returned from our Christmas in New Orleans to a very busy New Year. We finished packing up Fledgling Drive while managing all the construction at Cholla. It was a hard move physically and emotionally. Our first home, where we brought our girl home and shared lots of treasured times together. We know Cholla will bring us even richer moments for year. We had movers, pack a 16 foot pod to be placed at Cholla, and move the rest of things to Cholla garage, storage room, guest house and a few belongings at the Optima. Lots of friends helped with the kids while we dealt with the chaos. The Optima condo was our home for 6 weeks while we continued construction on Cholla and planned or our next move. Highlights of the Optima included riding the elevator, sharing a bedroom, the indoor swimming pool and lightsaber fights on the balcony at night. The 800 square foot condo brought us all closer and although it was one light away from Cholla, the tight quarters made us rethink living in our own 500 square foot guest house while construction finished.

Farewell to Fledgling Drive

One last look at Fledgling

Cholla living room shaping up. 
Windows installed at Cholla.
Playtime at the Hayes with Jackson.
Wednesday gymnastics with mom. She was the master of the bear crawl on the bars.
Picnic with Connor Mooney on the balcony at Optima 
Fun at cholla with impeccable style.
Playdate at cholla on the court.
Playtime at the Optima
Nope - not time to move in yet. Amazing pool color. 
Gracie girl's first haircut with Rae

Celebrated Davis losing his first tooth at the Sugar Bowl. He actually swallowed it so a letter to the tooth fairy was left.
Doctor day at preschool.
Lots of time looking at paint colors with this one. Pink lost out to Classic Gray for her room.
Guest house started shaping up nicely.
And lots of time at Cholla. Front door and kitchen views. Still waiting on footers to be finished. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Gran's bench

A special gift for Gran on his 70th birthday with efforts spear headed by Kate. She took the lead and worked with the city to have this bench dedicated to her dad.  Not a small feat. We are very grateful for her efforts.  The bench is located at Margaret Place, a short walk from the condo.


Really enjoying time with cousin Sarah.

Aunt Nancy and Cousin Sarah

Kate and Will

The original Medley crew.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Christmas in New Orleans

After Christmas morning with Mimi and Pops, we packed our bags and headed to meet theMedleys  in New Orleans.  We enjoyed 4 days of fun with some atypical 75 degree and humid weather. Nancy and Sara also joined in the visit. We had the usual long lunch at Galatoires, lunch date for Andrew and I, streetcar rides, Aubobon park, Saints game, farmer's market, eating and visiting with family.  We celebrated 3 birthdays, Gran's, Andrew's and Kate's beau Will. We took a special pic on Gran's bench in the park, a gift for his 70th birthday. It was a quick trip but we did squeeze in a visit with Laurel and Philips. We had a nice dinner with them and made a short stop to see the Ole Miss rebels suite, in town for the Sugar Bowl. We brought Davis a hat home from Coach Freeze. This family makes Davis and Grace feel so loved, lots of love, attention and one on one time go a long way.

Third year flying on Christmas Day for this crew.

Curiosity on the streetcar.
Park date with Grandmother and Auntie Kate.

Auntie Kate reading the Star Wars book with cousin Sarah too.
Davis' first Saints game. 
Time on the floor with Grandmother is treasured.

Waving to the streetcar as it rounds Lee Circle.

Medley men = Chex Mix in a cup, cell phone and legos. 

Streetcar delays are troubling.
Walking to Galatoires

She insisted on holding on. 

You get a dum dum, or 2 or 3, when you make it through a 3 hour lunch.

Celebrating dad's 36th.