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Headed off the grid

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thought I would get one more post up before we go off the grid for a couple days.

P woke up early this morning by central timezone standards. Not that I can blame him...it was not a normal night when his first few hours of sleep were on an airplane and hotel shuttle. We grabbed some free breakfast at the hotel and decided to hop on the first shuttle to the port at 10. 


We were in line to embark by about 10:30 which went smoothly thanks to getting there early and having in-laws that are platinum cruisers (we will be after this cruise), so we got to go with them into special lines and waiting areas. We said multiple times...it's good to know people. We had to sit and wait until noon to actually board, but it was great to be one of the first ones on so we could get lunch and to our room before nap time.

Perry made some new friends out of strangers, ate lots of goldfish and ran around to pass the time waiting. I did get him to sit still long enough for one picture...



Perry enjoyed his first meal onboard. The servers are so amazingly attentive, especially to little ones...offering to cook us whatever we want (at a buffet)...and finding us whole milk. Seriously had to say multiple times no you don't have to go cook him some  special broccoli and carrots, he will like these green beans just fine. Lol.


Now Andrew and I are stretched out on lounge chairs on our oversized balcony, while p sleeps soundly inside. When picking out our room I spent a lot of time with google and cruisecritic.com selecting the perfect one. I read about these great corner balcony rooms that were huge with huge balconies, and no more in price than a regular balcony. I think it has something to do with the slightly awkward pole in the middle of the room... But I will gladly take that with all the extra space.





Hopefully p will nap from now until muster drill, then we can so some ship exploration before dinner. For now I am going to go back to laying here doing absolutely nothing.

See you in a few days!


DNA Day GeneChat

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Every year we do something at work to celebrate DNA Day. DNA Day is April 25, the anniversary of the publication of the double helix structure by Watson and Crick back in 1953.

This year HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach hosted an event we called GeneChat. Throughout the day employees of HudsonAlpha sat down at a computer station and chatted with classrooms of high school students elsewhere in the state of Alabama, through the wonders of google hangout.


We had teachers and classes participate from all over, from huntsville to mobile and everywhere in between. It was really neat to see the multiple interactions happening simultaneously in the room.


And there's me, in deep conversation about genetic counseling with a class at Bob Jones this afternoon.

Hope you had a great DNA Day!

One year photo shoot

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Thursday, April 24, 2014
We got to see the proofs from Perry's one year old photo shoot. They are amazing! It was so so hard sitting down and figuring out which ones we want to order.

Just look how precious...




















I love how she captured his sweet personality.

Photo copyright by Simplicity by Christy

HudsonAlpha Benefit 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Happy DNA Day!!

Ok well technically DNA Day begins in 30 minutes, but I am headed to bed and going to assume you are reading this on Friday. Hopefully you knew such a big holiday was coming up. :)

After a full day in clinic, tonight was the annual HudsonAlpha spring benefit. 

This years theme was immunogenetics. It was fun to get dressed up and get to visit with so many great people and friends of the institute. 

Before the event I helped work registration with these pretty ladies:


I am still in mourning a little bit over the fact that at dinner I was seated in front of a raspberry cheesecake for dessert instead of the peanut butter truffle. :)

The end of April means two things...spring benefit and DNA Day. This year for DNA Day we are doing "GeneChats" (genetics lectures) with high school classrooms across the state...without having to leave the institute. Got to love technology. Should be great!

Then as soon as DNA Day wraps up, it is time for a vacation. We will be headed on a boat to the caribbean for a few days and taking Ann and Gary with us. 

Despite the multiple large suitcases open in our room and the packing lists in my planner I really haven't let myself fully engage with the fact that we are leaving tomorrow. I am getting excited though! And will be even more excited come tomorrow afternoon when we are footloose and fancy free.  

We can't wait to see how different it is cruising with a full fledged toddler. I am grateful that formula, bottles, and baby food could be omitted from the packing list.

And I can't wait for breakfast with Shrek. And building sandcastles. And good food. And sweet family memories.

He is Risen!

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!" Luke 24:5-6

Easter Sunday started out with an early morning run for Kristen and me. It was great to get up and get active and we even had a couple real life Easter bunny sightings while we were out.





Then we all got ready for church and took a few minutes to let P explore his Easter basket. It was filled with all sorts of fun treats: goldfish of course, but also some graham cracker goldfish, coloring book and crayons, bubbles, his Disney ABC book, a new snack container, a chocolate bunny, cute bandaids, a stuffed duck and some glowsticks. Perry's favorite part initially was the box of bandaids, so random.









Before church we also took our annual family Easter picture.


Church was awesome and totally packed. Having to pull every chair out from every church building and still having it be standing room only is a good problem to have when you are talking about Jesus. Grandma, Karen and Joanna came to church with us and then came back to our house for lunch afterwards. Joanna helped P experience the wonders of bubbles for the first time.






Had to get a selfie with grandma


Kristen and I spent much of Sunday afternoon in the kitchen. We didn't attempt anything too crazy just a simple bbq lunch after church and some deviled eggs, dirt cups and fruit salad for dinner later that night.


Kristen had to head back to Atlanta late afternoon. So glad she got to come spend the weekend with us! Meanwhile we went over to the Eckleys for Easter dinner after Andrew got off work. The dessert table looked fabulous. Emily made this amazing strawberry lemonade cake from the cover of Southern Living. The tomb cake is also her handiwork. I brought over some spring dirt cups with chocolate covered strawberries (dyed orange to look like carrots). Emily had the tables decorated so pretty and even made a separate kids table. I was super nervous when I saw she had Perry a place at the kids table, with a miniature chair (with no straps/harness). But he did great, and actually sat still and ate better than his older cousins. I think it helped us that he had no idea he was not strapped in and could get up if he wanted to.




It was an awesome Easter sunday worshipping our risen Savior and celebrating Him with family and friends.

Easter at Burritt

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Saturday morning we went up to Burritt on the Mountain for their Easter festivities. Andrew unfortunately had to work, but Perry and I got to take Kristen with us. This mommy was grateful to have an extra set of hands.


They didn't have the traditional free-for-all Easter egg hunt. Instead you were instructed to bring your basket and go through their new exhibit all about old time-y gold mining. Along the way, friendly people were stationed with buckets full of eggs to distribute to the kids. It was just the right speed for a 15 month old who probably would have been confused and trampled at a real egg hunt.

We let Perry lead the way (most of the time) and wandered through at his pace. He loved getting eggs to put in his basket.  He always wanted to stop and open the egg to see what was inside. We had been training at home for several days with empty plastic eggs. He didn't quite understand the concept of only taking one and more than once flirted his way into an extra egg.


It was fun to see all the animals. We spent some time talking to this friendly goat who had his head outside the fence. The baby sheep we saw just a week ago were already getting bigger. 

The real hit for Perry though was the Easter bunny. As I mentioned a couple days ago, P could not get enough of that guy. I am hoping that is a good sign that he will also be a big fan of the DreamWorks characters he is going to be coming in contact with in just a few days...

I think Perry looked super cute in his little blue plaid, bunny outfit. It matched his Easter basket just perfectly. Apparently the folks at Burritt thought so too because their photographer came over to ask if he could take a picture to potentially use in promotional materials. I said sure and before I knew it he was snapping a cute picture of Perry with Kristen. lol. I promise I was there too. : )


It was an absolutely spectacular day outside. Was getting just a little on the hot side by lunchtime when we were heading home. 

It was a full morning. You would have thought P would have been so worn out that he slept all afternoon. Actually he had serious issues falling asleep...maybe he was just a little too excited from the day. He did get a an hour or two of nap in before we went and met up with Andrew for dinner at Red Robin after he got off work. 

I took a peek back at last year's Easter egg hunt post and pictures. P was so little!



In that post I said something like "I can't wait for next year when P can toddler around and hunt for eggs." Mission accomplished.

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