Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beach Adventures 2014

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I am finally getting around to organizing and posting all of our Myrtle Beach pictures from this summer.  We are lucky enough to have a free place to stay when we go to the beach with my parents.  My mom and I handled the kids for the first week at the beach.  It was fun, but I think she may be requesting her own space next year.  Five of us in a three bedroom condo was nice and cozy!

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Things I LOVE about Myrtle Beach:

1. family time 24/7

2. the shore is really wide and the waves aren’t too big, perfect for little people

3. there are a million things to do

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My parents own a few different condos at Myrtle Beach, in the Cherry Grove area.  It is a great spot, not as busy as the city of myrtle beach, but still fun things to explore nearby!  I took the kids down to the pier twice the first week, and Chris took them down the second week.  We saw a sting ray, and Chris said they saw a shark…yikes!

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Ellie is frightening, where did she even learn to stand like that?

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Beaching it with little people is a ton of work.  Grace like the beach a lot this summer, and I know each summer will continue to get easier and easier with all three of them enjoying the water.

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My Mom and I were really adventurous and took the kids to a water park one afternoon.  It wasn’t the most taken care of water park, but the kids thought it was the best place ever!  I guess I can’t blame them!

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We even attempted to eat out with all of the kids, Steak and Shake is fine dining when you have three children in tow.

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My Mom made the girls these hula girl dresses.  Aren’t they so cute?!

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Ellie got her hair wrapped, which may have been the highlight of her entire beach vacation.

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My children love these head cutouts now!  Every where we go we have to take a picture inside of them!

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But, we spent most of our time by the gorgeous water.  Digging, playing, scooping, swimming, jumping, and just enjoying the sunshine as much as possible.

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After the beach, always came time for a dip in the pool!  I saw Ellie grow with her swimming in leaps and bounds while we were at the beach.  She was jumping off the side and swimming under the water to my mom and I.  Proud mama!

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And this little one has no fear at all!

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Bradley seemed to enjoy cheering on his sisters and just playing around in the water.  He would make up elaborate games, and get my mom and I to join in the fun.

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There are still some more pictures from Chris and I’s week at the beach that I need to sort through too!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Fun from the Bucket List

I finally wanted to sit down and recap some of the fun summer adventures my little crew went on this summer!  We started our summer with lots of ideas and inspiration.  I listed most of their plans out on our chalkboard wall…

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We were probably a little over zealous with our plans and ideas, but I was surprised how many things we were able to check off the list!  I am thinking the left over items we can save for next summer!

Here are some snapshots of our summer adventures:

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Life sized portraits

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Summer journals: we would draw a picture and write about our adventures in our journals

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Bakery Day:  We went to our favorite cupcake shop and I let the kids pick any cupcake they wanted to!

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Night swim:  We stayed at the pool really late one saturday night and ordered pizza poolside

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Peach Picking at Chiles Orchard

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Adventures at Myrtle Beach this summer!

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Busch Gardens

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Painting with Fly Swatters in our bathing suits

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Water Play Date with our new Car Wash

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Visit our buddies at Virginia Beach for the 4th of July

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Ellie and I made mermaid peg dolls together

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Huge canvas art with my two littles

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Play dates to say good bye to wonderful friends

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Visiting our best buds in GA

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And a lot of the summer was spent potty training this wild beast!

There are probably more things that I didn’t capture on the camera, but all in all it truly was an AWESOME summer!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day for Everyone

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He had his first day of second grade last Wednesday.  I’m not sure that it gets any easier the older they get.  I miss him so much when he is gone for most of the day.  I am so proud of him for handling the transition back to school with such ease.  There were a few jitters and concerned looks, but overall he was confident about heading back to second grade.  He got a wonderful teacher this year, who seems gentle, kind, and very structured.  All of the qualities that Bradley will appreciate.  He sure does love things structured.  He decided his “Star Wars” backpack was still cool from last year, and since it had held up so well we didn’t replace it.  He mastered nine or ten new rainbow loom bracelets this summer, and picked out a special few to wear on the first day of school.  He also picked out the buzz hair cut for his back to school look.  It wasn’t my first choice, but I am trying to give him more and more chances to make his own decisions for himself.  And a buzz cut was what he wanted.  He came home all smiles and full of stories about seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  I would call that a successful first day of school!

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There was someone else begging to take some first day photos with Bradley.  This pretty much sums up the pictures and their relationship.

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Now that I am mostly recovered from my surgery, today was Ellie and Grace’s first day of Pre-K for Ellie and just plain old preschool for Grace.  They also wanted pictures taken and of course their own sign for the first day…

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One requested an Elsa Braid and the little one requested Kyla’s hair.  Kyla happens to be one of the gymnasts from the US competition that was on Saturday night.  Grace just loved Kyla for some reason, and every time she came on the screen Grace got so excited.  So she got a gymnasts bun!

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Ellie was so very excited to see all of her buddies again.  This year both groups were combined (minus the children that moved on to kindergarten).  Ellie thinks this is fantastic that she gets to see every each day of school, instead of flipping groups back and forth.  She played happily with her friends, swung on the swings, rode bikes, and read books.  She was simply pleased to be surrounded by her friends again and back to “work” at school. 

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Gracie’s first day of school wasn’t as smooth sailing as Ellie’s.  She struggled with the transition of children and mommies in the morning.  I am hoping that she will get used to the busy-ness of drop off and pick up.  She did lots of swinging with Max, and made bubbles in the sensory tub outside.  I surprised as she sat and listened to the books and danced with her friends.  She struggled with sharing and the structure of the morning.  She asked for snack again and again, probably wondering why we have to wait for snack at a certain time when she very well knew how to find a snack on her own.  I need to have patience, she is an entire year younger than Ellie was when I started the preschool last year.  It is hard to share your home and your mama when you are still 2.  I am giving her a month window to get it figured out, but for now we are going to take it day by day.

After everyone left I did curl up and take a two hour nap.  My belly was screaming and so sore from all of the movement this morning.  I hope that each day gets better and I feel more and more like myself. 

That about sums up the first day for everyone around here.  How was your first day?