They put a wee little baby in your arms and you can't begin to imagine the pure love that emanates outward from yourself. Truth. My first little darling was born 30 years ago, and I cannot begin to fathom where the time has gone, and where we've been.
Smiling from the first, angry at the night, but ready for adventure she has always been. Our first trip away with Erin involved a Chevy El Camino, honeybees, colic, a small blue tent, rocky ground, and a sliding playpen. But... we were not deterred.
A little brother came along less than two years later - Zach (as Doc here) and Erin has cherished him like no other.
In Birmingham, Alabama with cousins, Chris and Laura.
And on a later visit with cousin, Tyler.
We camped from Los Angeles to Yellowstone, and all along the California coast.
Campgrounds are cozy and messy, with the fresh air and scent of fire and bacon all around.
As they kids got older, we traveled further on ...
Here in London in 2005, the week the Underground tube was bombed.
And in Paris, the same year near Montmarte and atop the Eiffel Tower!
Closer to home with Zach and Michael in Chicago!
A segway was involved....
To Maui, Hawaii celebrating High School graduation!
And off to our nation's capitol.
A trip to Germany after studying abroad and a week in Dublin with the entire family and a few friends after college graduation
The Brandenburg Tor with Zach
A side-trip to Salzburg with Zach and dad.
We were taste-testers at the Jamison Distillery with Mike.
Erin and I love visiting New York City and have been a couple of times.
Those hot dogs....
There were a few trips to Las Vegas as she battled her way to the State Championship!
And we thoroughly enjoyed Charleston and Savannah - Cheers!!
We've been to Alaska a few times too!
Just outside Alcenia's where we had the BEST catfish dinner with a hug and a kiss!
One of our favorite family trips
From Beale Street (Memphis) to the end of the Line - New Orleans, Louisiana
And in Norway, one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
I absolutely cannot leave out Disney - where SO many of our memories have been made.
First visits with Minnie and Doc.
"Does it Fit 5?"
Polishing off the Ghirardelli Mountain.
The paddles on Tom Sawyer's Island.
Dad as the King!!
The centermost point in Disneyland.
Riding the Lily Belle.
... and so many more.
First time Walt Disney World Kris & Maria!!
Erin has developed a passion for half-marathons (crazy girl) and here
she is finishing up at Her Madison Half.
But this picture captures it all.
The Cruise from Hell where we had the
Time of our Lives!
These kids mean the world to us and
I never want to forget how important it is to
Have fun and stay True to ourselves...
Happy 30th Birthday Miss Erin. We love you so.