Saturday, November 16, 2013
My two lego Chima Lavals started off the morning with their favorite Chima books in the story book parade at school. It was so cute to watch all the characters march past to the beat of the high school drum line.
That evening Allie threw the best Halloween party yet. She had the cutest decorations and the best food and it was all so simply amazing!
Our trick or treaters (and kid wranglers)
Friday, November 15, 2013
Our birthday celebrations tend to get all muddled up because there is always so much going on. Poppas birthday comes first then Halloween then Ryan's birthday and our family reunion all in the same week. This year Mike and the boys ate out with my parents for Poppa's real birthday then then we had Halloween and the five of us had donuts for Ryan's real birthday. We had dinner and pecan pie (pretzel pie for Ryan mmmmmm!) for Poppa's birthday party here then Ryan took bird nest treats to school for his birthday. We wrapped up the our (now stretched to two week) celebration time with Ryan's bird party last Saturday.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
How can my BABY be FOUR YEARS OLD?! I don't know how it happened, but we sure did have fun celebrating. One of Ryans favorite places to be is in my parent's backyard watching the birds. He helps Gigi feed them and can spot and identify the birds way better than his Mama. He asked to have his party in their yard (and blinked his blue eyes just right) and Gigi said YES! He also asked to fill her house up with balloons and let his friends shoot them, but he couldn't get her to agree to that so we settled for an outside soiree.
There were gifts (so so so many gifts !), bird watching tours in a horse drawn cart, an Eagle cake made of banana cupcakes (Ryan's requests of course), hammock play
binoculars (the better to watch the birds with), bird books, bird seed ornament favors,
A bird pinata (with green candy it seems by the looks of Kasey's tongue)
bird nuggets, and lots of love for our little man from the people he is blessed to call family and friends.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Wednesday adventure: Alligator Farm in St. Augustine.
They have improved this attractions over the years. It is more like a zoo now and they have a zip line you can rider over the alligators. Erin and Andrew made many visits here with school field trips and our family summer adventures.
Wednesday night was Dylan's turn for a slumber party.
Fourth of JulyThat morning we went to the parade in Middleburg. Lots of loud sirens, motorcyles, and horses.
HattieJo learning to blow a bubble with gum. She is the "princess" among all these boys and they love being her knight in shining armor.That afternoon Mike and Erin had a cookout with lots of family and more cousins! They played in the red-neck pool and on the slip-n-slide.
Caden and Dylan
Between rain showers MRC gave us a great fireworks show!
Tyler's turn to spend the night.
On Friday we travelled to Savannah GA and had lunch at Chik-fil-a so the cousins could play together a little longer. Then Poppa and HattieJo headed to North Carolina (boo hoo)
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ryan said, "HattieJo you want a piece of me?" HattieJo bopped him in the nose! Ryan shook it off and took it like a little man!
Lizard and toad hunting. Look at that gear!
ARTS AND CRAFTS
We made picture frames using the shells we collected at Morris Island. Made crabs out of their handprints (we saw lots of crabs on our boat ride) and we decorated visors.
It was so interesting to see the unique ideas they had for their crafts and hear them explain their artistic techniques.
We are so thankful for the blessings God has given us and our 5 grandchildren are at the top of the list. The cousin campers have some common traits:
1. They all have a "rag" they sleep with and it's their most prized possession. (So me and Poppa were often on la la searches and loved every minute or should I say hour of it )
2. They can not I repeat can not tolerate sand on their feet (welcome to sandy Florida)
3. They are all good sleepers (as long as you keep those "rags" nearby)
4. They LOVE ice-cream!
5. They are always up for an adventure.
We are so blessed that our grandchildren have awesome parents. Thank you Mike, Erin, Andrew and Anna for raising these children in Godly homes and thank you for trusting us to care for and love them for a week. We look forward to next year when AP joins the group!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Going down to breakfast. Punching the elevator button was a huge deal to them so watching them scramble for their turn was always interest (and they usually quoted our camp scripture verse in a LOUD voice to the one who got there first)!
HattieJo wanted me to wear her beautiful visor after breakfast.
First photos in our camp t-shirts!!!!
Our second day adventure was a tour of the salt marsh/Folly Beach, SC. We booked a charter with Tideline Tours. Cpt. Anton is a coastal biologist and teaches at College of Charleston.
Heading to the boat.
Nothing like salty air blowing on your face!We saw several dolphin (and a newborn baby dolphin); a shark; oyster beds and went shelling on Morris Island. We heard snapping shrimp (sounds like popcorn popping) and dolphin under the water with a hydrophone. Cpt. Anton checked a crab trap and we saw large crabs in the trap and a hermit crab hanging on the outside of the trap. He put it in a bucketbucket and let the kids keep it for the trip.
The guide draws the fins of the dolphins and names them and records it in a journal.
Anton threw out a cast net and caught some fish. HattieJo was determined to pick one up and she did!
Dylan got one too! Look at the bulging fish eyes.
Poppa and Ryan sailing along.
The kids were all troopers when it began to rain on our way back. Tyler has issues being wet in clothes that are not made for swimming but he was a super dooper camper and made the best of it. HattieJo went to sleep and when we got back to the marina she said "Gigi I went to sleep on the boat ride"!
We arrived back in Florida on Tuesday night. Erin made dinner for us then it was on to Gigi and Poppa's house. Each night one of the boys spent the night with HattieJo. First night was Ryan.
Ryan and HattieJo playing "inja" turtles. These ninja turtle figures belonged to Andrew. Almost 30 years old and still bringing joy to the next generation.