Monday, November 7, 2011

Pittsburg Weekend

This weekend we packed our bags and headed out of town to visit aunt Jaime and uncle V in Pittsburg, KS.  We didn't have any big plans, but we were looking forward to spending some time with family.  We got to Pittsburg too late in the evening on Friday to visit family.  We decided to go ahead and put Ledger to bed.  Unfortunately, we don't know how to put a 2-year-old to bed in the same room as us without having to go to sleep ourselves.  *Sigh*  As it turns out, I spent a lot of time in the bathroom where I could read with the light on and Chris went into his parents' room to hang out.  And Ledger still didn't fall asleep until much later than his usual bed time when I finally gave up and put myself to bed too.  (Moms -- if you have any advice on this, please email me!)

On Saturday, we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel with Pam, Steve, and Jaime.  Ledger just loves being with his family!  We did a little shopping that morning and then went to pick up Uncle V for lunch.  We ate at Del Rio -- YUM!!  Ledger took his afternoon nap at the hotel and then we met up for a quick dinner.  The restaurant had a big Pittsburg State gorilla out front, so we took some pictures (of course).

After dinner, we went back to the Vanderbeck house and settled in for an evening of football.  Uncle V even  got out some of the Star Wars toys that he played with as a kid and let Ledger play with those.  He loved it! Here's a picture of the boys watching football...

and this one shows just how much Ledger adores his Uncle V...

Not too long after this, we received the devastating news that Grandma Young had passed away.  We were lucky to all be together in a very difficult time.  Ledger was very concerned about how sad everyone was, especially Grammie -- but he continued to make people smile through tears.  Obviously, that changed the tone of our weekend.  Grammie and Papa left early the next morning to head home.

We took our time hanging out in the hotel room the next morning and then went to the Vanderbeck home to play with the toys again.  After a good lunch with Chris and Jaime, we headed back to Salina while listening to the Chiefs game on the radio.  Although we didn't have quite the weekend together we expected, it is always special to be together with family.


  1. So sorry to hear about Chris' grandma. Im glad you were all together. Kids have a special amazing way to make us smile when we need it most. Thinking of you all. Love and miss you guys.

  2. Ledger is a jewel and a blessing to have around! I'm sorry for the family loss and I agree, it is nice when the family can be together during times like this.
    On a lighter note, I'm proud of you for ALL the pictures! You (and so do I) need to get back in the habit for baby brother or when little brother gets older, he might get jealous of all the photos of Ledger... :) Love you guys and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time!

  3. What a good weekend we had together until the call came in about Mom. I am so thankful that I had all my kids with me when we heard the news. Ledger definitely brought a smile to my face even though my eyes were filled with tears. What a blessing a family is!