Saturday, June 17, 2017

Photo Friday [189] - Back in the USA

Here are two weeks' worth of photos for you, covering our travels from Brisbane to the USA.

 We had three full days in Brisbane, Australia to take a little family break between the stress of leaving and the stress of arriving in the U.S.  Brisbane is a favorite city of ours, with lots of things to do.  We aimed for low-key activities for the kids, which included spending hours at this great splash park in Southbank Parklands along the river in downtown Brisbane.

We also visited a few different playgrounds and let the kids run around and burn some energy, and fulfilled their top requests.  Caleb wanted to ride elevators and escalators,  and Greg wanted to eat in a restaurant.

 Playground fun - pushing mom in the merry-go-round.

On our last day in Brisbane we visited the Lone Pine Koala sanctuary, which was a lot of fun for our kids.  Lots to see and do, but not so huge that is was overwhelming.

 Kangaroo feeding!

Petting a koala.

Feeding wild lorikeets.

 In the taxi, on our way to the airport.  "There are just so many cars here!"

Waiting to board our airplane to Guangzhou, China.

A horrible quality photo, but it's the only one I got of this wonderful seat that attaches to our roller bag to keep the toddler contained!  Best travel accessory!

We arrived in Los Angeles last Tuesday evening and crashed at a hotel to get about six hours of sleep.  In the morning it was back to the airport, and our family split up.  Brian was on a flight to Portland, to pick up a vehicle, and the kids and I went to Denver to visit my family.

We spent our first few days with my brother and his wife, getting over our jet lag.
Yeah.  Jet Lag.  The littlest one had her nap and sleep times reversed, so she kept waking up very chipper at 2 or 3 a.m.  We seem to have it all straightened out now though.

 A highlight of our time with Ben and Meggin was visiting this great community pool/water park with some of their friends.


Both of my brothers are great cooks, and so we got to enjoy good food at both of their houses.

Kate loved Buckwheat the beagle.  Not sure now mutual the feeling was.

On Sunday evening we went to Fort Collins for stay with my parents and visit my grandparents. Brian joined us there on Tuesday.

 Kate with Grandma Kathy

 Greg got an eye exam this week.  We were sure that he needed glasses, but the optometrist said that his eyes were just fine.  Good news, but Greg was disappointed - he really wanted to get glasses.

Our kids have talked and talked about visiting their great-grandparents, so we have enjoyed our time with them:

Grandpa Keith is pretty cool.

That's not all that we've done this past few weeks, but it's all I have time to post right now.  We're busy making some memories with cousins today.  And Monday we'll begin our road trip to Oregon!

Until next week...

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