Let's start with the grandkids. I am throwing this in only because I like the picture. Jon and Margo sent us a mousepad with this picture on it. It was taken at the zoo on one of there trips home.
Our first trip is right after Ashley and Josh's wedding. Since Jonathan had to go to Carlsbad for work the next week, we trailed along and we all went to Legoland. Jonathan had a hotel right next to Legoland and so we could walk into the park from there. We had fun but be aware - the park is definitely for small children so if you are planning to go sometime without kids, DON'T.
Sometime in between trips we managed to babysit Ashlyn and Preston. I just have to show Ashlyn the Diva and her joy of playing Barbies.
Our next trip took us to South America. We took my parents with us and went on a 14 day cruise. We flew to Buenos Aires a few days early and were able to take in a Tango Show and dinner, do a city bus tour and go do a session at the Temple.
Mom started a habit that lasted several weeks. Show
me the shops!
Look closely at the dancers!
We boarded the NCL Sun and immediately found two of our favorite things.
Free ice cream!!!
Our next stop was Montivideo, Uruguay. Wayne had offered to take a care package to Eric Larsen who is serving his mission there. He got off the ship first thing in the morning to meet two missionaries from the office and pass off the SUITCASE. We were a little worried because we had been told that we could not take food into the port. Not to worry. No one even checked him. While waiting for the missionaries, Wayne had been approached by a man trying to sell him a private tour in his minivan. When the missionaries finally arrived the man told Wayne that he was a member of the church and so Wayne booked his services. We had a 12 passenger van all to ourselves (4 of us) and Daniel added a stop for us to see the temple. It was Monday so it was closed but a guard saw us and opened the gate so we could tour the grounds. Very nice.
Our next stop was Stanley, in the Falkland Islands. We went on a tour to a penguin rookery. We took a van out of town and down to a meeting point where we transferred to four wheel drive vehicles. From there it was like an amusement ride. Very bumpy. It was very cold and windy but we enjoyed seeing the penguins and afterwards got to have "tea and scones" in a little trailer set up down there.
The penguins were all standing facing the sun. They were molting and so all the white you see on the ground are feathers.
Well, that gets us about halfway through our trip and I have had enough of trying to get pictures and words to match up. I will leave Chile for another posting. Hopefully it will not take me as long as it did to post Argentina.