Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Celebration at the Station 3

Celebration at the Station was a huge success this year - a great time was had by all. Charlie and Izzy were both so amazingly good during this long event, we couldn't believe our luck. This was Charlie's third year (first time and second time here http://maniger.blogspot.com/2009/06/memorial-day-celebration-at-station.html and here http://maniger.blogspot.com/2010/06/celebration-at-station-2.html) and the first time he really paid attention to the fireworks. He was fascinated and not scared at all. We'll definitely be back!

The pictures don't need much explanation - except maybe the last few. Let's just say I won't forget an extra change of clothes for Charlie again!
































































Friday, May 27, 2011

The Big Easy with Izzy

Izzy and I went along on Ryan's work trip to New Orleans. We took Charlie to Seattle when he was close to the same age. It is an easy travel age with minimal gear requirements and they can sleep about anywhere and anytime.


Izzy liked our bed better than the hotel crib.








We found several good places to eat including Lola's where the specialty was paella. Yum.


Getting artistic with the sangria.


The waitresses at Lola's wanted to take Izzy home. But we didn't let them.




Of course we had to have oysters in the French Quarter. We only let Izzy have a few.




Ryan's first beignet!


The powdered sugar gets everywhere...


Izzy and I hung out along the Riverwalk one afternoon while Ryan was at his conference. The weather was beautiful the whole weekend. The river was really high.


Two ladies in the park...


Izzy really got into the spirit of the Big Easy.


Dining alfresco. Izzy usually fell asleep in her car seat while we ate. Such a good baby!


We ate at the popular Butcher and Izzy wanted to see what all the fuss was about. A gorgeous night to sit outside.

A sign hanging next to Butcher advertising all the New Orleans essentials.


The place was called Butcher so we had to have the choucouterie plate.


Saturday night we dined at a tapas place over in the Garden District.


We had a great trip and it was relaxing and fun to hang out with baby Izzy. She proved to be a good traveler which is good because in the next month she will head to Omaha, Denver and D.C. She will be a seasoned traveler for sure.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Graduation Weekend

I am going to Lawrence today to take part in a hooding ceremony for my second graduate student. She earned her Ph.D. My first student finished up when Charlie was just born and now my second student is timed with Izzy. From now on, my students should surpass my kids in number.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day 5K

We did the Mother's Day 5k this year. My Mom, sister, sister-in-law and niece. It was a beautiful morning and a fun way to celebrate the day. My first race since having Izzy, it felt pretty bad, but also good to be back out there.