We have been back and forth and up and down the east coast like yo yo's on a string. It all started with our departure from Miami to North Carolina on February 25 for two baby showers for Shantel and the early arrival (10 weeks early) of Joshua Emmitt Mayberry. Joshua was born on February 12 during a snow storm, but because we live further away than Matt's parents, it was easier for them to get there quickly and help Vanessa with Brooklyn for two weeks. After the baby shower, mom and I came for relief to South Carolina on March 1. Because Joshua was still in the hospital, it gave us a lot of time to bond with Brooklyn the gymnast while Vanessa made trips to the hospital.
After staying for two weeks, we had to get back to Miami to receive Tim and Cassandra and their little brood during their spring break. It was a little chilly during their stay, but we did get out to some play grounds, take glass bottom boat tour, play some dominoes with Abuelo, and finally go to the beach on their last day. We were very fortunate to have had a neighbor across the street with a vacant one bedroom apartment that kept us close by for their visit.
The week after they left Miami, Shantel called us on March 25, and said we had better get up there as soon as we can as she was going into labor. Nathan Andrew Moore came into the world on March 26. We were there not quite a week when Abuelo and Abuela called saying that they had both fallen and were more sick with colds that they had when we left. We cut our visit to North Carolina short and cancelled our plans to stop by for a few weeks in South Carolina and returned home to nurse Mercy's parents back to health and get them to appointments.
When Joshua was allowed to finally come home, it was our turn to make a trip back to South Carolina to relieve Matt's mom who had been a super trooper and helper for Vanessa. We arrived on April 29 and went to the beach, had another birthday party for Brooklyn, and enjoyed Joshua at home.
We left May 4 for North Carolina for Nathan's blessing and to finish the backsplash in the kitchen for Shantel and Andrew's home.By the way, if any of you want us to come do a backsplash in your home, our prices are real cheap. We left May 11 for Miami to resume our "normal" lives.
We made a short one day trip after getting back to Miami to travel 3 hours up the east coast of Florida to Titusville, FL to watch the Shuttle Atlantis launch for its last mission on Friday, May 14. We got it on video. It was an amazing scene and gave me goose bumps watching the power of the rockets. Listen to the parents of young children that were standing behind us. Especially near the end of the 2nd video, when the father says "To infinity!" and the little boy, about 4 or 5 says, "and beyond!" He's a true Buzz Lightyear fan.