Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You no doubt recognize Raquel and Antonio, who just spent a week with us in Orlando. Their Aunt Aimee took this photo of them, as well as the four pictures that follow, when she visited them and their cousins over Memorial Day weekend.

Antonio & Raquel's brother, Lalo

Raquel & cousin JJ; Antonio & Lalo

JP, JJ's baby brother, held by Aunt Karma, with his mommy's pretty feet in the background.

Nobody told that sweet baby boy that his towel is PINK! :-)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Raquel and Grandpa :-)

Raquel and Antonio with (Great) Aunt Teecie

Grandma *-*

:-) Teecie and Raquel on the back of Phill's (that's Teecie's husband, Phill) new Ford 350.

Kids "hiding" in the large tub of the master bedroom at the timeshare in Orlando.

'Tonio on his skateboard.

A Florida late afternoon sky.

My nephew, Christopher. How we love him!

Raul, Antonio and Raquel's father

You KNOW how I love playing with lights! *-*

Raquel, after having a special braid put in her hair.

Antonio and Raquel, our two oldest grandchildren, at O'Hare Airport July 3rd prior to their flight to Orlando with us.

Beautiful granddaughter, Raquel

The kids and their dad, Raul

Our darling, 'Tonio

Phil and Myrna
Marriott's Cypress Harbour, Orlando

Teecie's sweetheart of a dog, Moosie

Teecie's cat, Jetta

Moosie and Teecie heading off to the dog-sitter (who would keep Moosie while Teecie visited with us at our timeshare). Moosie LOVES to ride shotgun in the Miata! :-)

Antonio took this picture of a dragonfly.

Phil and I had a wonderful week from July 4th - 11th with our two oldest grandchildren, Antonio and Raquel. We flew them to Chicago (under the watchful care of a United flight attendant) where we met them once they exited their plane. We then had about three hours at O'Hare before the four of us would fly to Orlando for the week at one of our timeshares, so we had dinner at the Chili's Restaurant within the United terminal. After eating, I waited at our gate while Phil took them on a "tour" of the terminal, during which time they walked at least a mile and 1/2! (Those kids were tired when they got back to Grandma! ha)
During our week this year at the Marriott Cypress Harbour where we've had a timeshare for over 20 years, we were offered a "gift".... a free 5X7 photo if we signed up for a session with the resort photographer. Well, we all know that we can end up paying bundles of money for a whole bunch of pictures once we see them all, right? ha Actually, the "whole bunch" was very reasonably priced, and the photographer gave me a CD with all the pictures -- not just the ones we selected from each grouping. :-)
The photo above is of our beloved grandkids, Raquel and Antonio, with Grandma and Grandpa.

Precious kids, Antonio and Raquel

Raquel and Antonio with their daddy, Raul. We were so happy that he was able to come and spend the entire first weekend with the children and us.

My younger sister (she'll love it that I let you know she's younger!), Teresa, or "Teecie" as we've always called her, came and spent the weekend with us, also. What a fun person she is! She has the most beautiful pure white "Kinlaw" hair!

Everybody posed for our family picture. *-*

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Well, I just have to tell you about our most recent addition to our home in Illinois! We made the decision to have a "walk-in" tub installed in the place of the tub in our guest bathroom. This will be a source of great pleasure for me, since my arthritis has prohibited me for a long time from taking a bath in the "regular" original and ordinary tub you see in the photo above. ( I HAVE taken showers, though!)
(Remember: click on each photo to view in large size, then click the return arrow in the upper left side of your screen to get back to blog.)

Old tub removed

The front porch - new temporary parking spot for the toilet!

Unlike most people, we had a tub in our foyer! (Was only for a couple of days until the bathroom was ready for the tub to be installed.)

Finished product! It's wonderful!!

If any of you friends in Illinois are ever interested in having a walk-in tub installed, please contact me for the name of the installer (it's easy to find a tub online, but difficult to find an installer!). He lives in Arlington Heights, IL, and has done lots of these projects.