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Monday, July 23, 2007

Amy's Visit

Amy and her kids, Canyon and Aly, came back with us from Boone last week. They were able to stay the whole week, which was great. All five kids went to VBS which was obviously good for them, but also gave Amy and I 3 hours each morning to ourselves. We did some shopping, had lunch a couple times and generally enjoyed each other's company without 5 lovable distractions.

Wednesday, we all went to the zoo. Dean met us there, too, for a little while. While we were there, it poured rain. The kids loved it! They were running and dancing and didn't care a whit about getting wet, while we grown-ups were huddling under trees and alcoves.

Saturday, I had to work all day at the Scrapbook Store, so Dean shouldered the responsibility of all five kids so Amy could come too and catch up on her scrapping. Brad arrived later in the afternoon and picked Amy up for a bit. From five to midnight, my church scrap group meets once a month. So Amy came back for the rest of the evening. I got more scrapping done Saturday than in the last 3 months! That was great. Brad and Dean took the kids to a park, then to Ci-Ci's pizza.

Sunday after church, we got a babysitter so the four us could see Die Hard 4. It was highly improbable (absurdly impossible) but fun. Amy and the family then went home. Now, I think I catch up on some sleep.....

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Trip to the Mountains

I’m back! Last Wednesday, the kids and I went to Boone, NC to visit my sister, Amy, and her family. On Thursday we went to Linville Caverns. The kids absolutely loved this. Alyssa even asked the guides questions like, ‘How were these caves formed?’ They equally enjoyed visiting the gift shop afterward since they brought their own spending money with them!

When we left, we decided on a whim to hike the trail up to the Linville Falls Overlook. It was about 1 ½ miles round trip which may not sound like much, but it had lots of stairs, rocks, and tree obstacles, plus it was up hill…both ways! Felt like it anyway, Amy and I were questioning the wisdom of our whim, but decided it was worth it. The kids loved it. It really was awesome looking down at the falls from so far up. I happen to know how big the falls are, because I’ve been down at the bottom before, so seeing them from so high was incredible. On the way back to the van, I heard Kai comment to himself, "We have done SO many cool things today."

The kids enjoyed playing video games and swimming in the inflatable pool on Friday, then Saturday, Uncle Brad took Kai, Alyssa, and Canyon on a hike/picnic to the top of a mountain off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Amy and I took Aly and Canyon to a little creek and walked around. Roan took his shoes and socks off then crossed the creek leaving his shoes on the other side. Then in his bare feet he slipped on a slimy rock, so I didn’t make him go back to get them. Instead, I went. I slipped on the rock and fell in soaking myself AND my CAMERA! Technically it still takes pictures, but it’s definitely not acting right. Arrrgh! Still having fun though…..we went to Golden Corral for lunch and then to a playground.

Sunday morning we returned home and Amy and the kids came with us! Yay! They will be here until next Sunday, but more about that later!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Little of This and a Little of That

Last Friday night, our church’s kid’s ministry had a pool party. The fish, I mean kids, all had a great time. We had a cookout and just hung around and swam and had fun. I even got to hold a one week old baby! She was so tiny. I don’t think I’ve held a newborn since Roan was born. And no, we’re done, unless God has other plans of his own! But it was nice to hold a little baby again.Afterwards I went to see Transformers. It was a fun movie with incredible special effects. I mean, the robots were COOL! But the story was lacking and I flat out groaned and rolled my eyes whenever a robot was talking. However, the effects were so awesome, it was worth it.

After work Saturday, Dean showed up just as I was leaving and told me to follow him. He took me to The Close-Out Company and bought us a King Size Four Poster Plantation Bed! Woo-hoo! Thanks honey!

Tomorrow, the kids and I are going to Boone to visit Amy and family. We’re also going to go to Linville Caverns. I haven’t been since I was a kid, so it’s cool that I’m going back now with my own kids! See ya on the flip side!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Independence Day

Yesterday was the 4th of July. We had a relaxing slow morning, then after lunch we went to the pool for a few hours. The weather was suprisingly perfect, as in comfortable and not too hot for July in South Carolina. The highlight at the pool was watching Dean compete to catch a greased watermelon! He almost had it, but man, those guys aren’t fooling around! He got dunked a few times, even kidney punched, but don’t worry, he can take it, and he can also dish it out! Alyssa took this picture of the melee. Dean’s somewhere in the mess:
Later, in the evening, we went to the Fort Jackson Torchlight Tattoo as is our usual tradition. This time we sat in the stands, which was cool because we had a much better view. They also had more kids’ activities this year and they got tattoos, toy airplanes, and punching balloons. We had a great time hanging out, watching the soldiers, and enjoying the music (although Dean feels he took one too many trips to the bathroom with various kids).

The music was played by the 282nd Army ‘Victory Band’. They were awesome! Dean says the highlight was the Green Hornet Theme Song! I filmed the kids goofing around to it. There are two things you need to know before watching. 1) Alyssa is eating from a bowl of watermelon. 2) It spills. Watch it here now.

How can you not feel patriotic when you’re celebrating with the real deal? They did the presentation of the fifty states with the cannon firing after each one, and the fireworks were cool. We had a wonderful day ending with all three kids falling asleep in the van on the way home. (Kai denies this) Roan was still holding his balloon. Cute.
NOTE: Today is my dad's birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

A Fun Week/end

Alyssa got her new camera for her birthday. She’s very excited. She has even started her own blog!

Last Thursday, we went to the zoo for another members’ night. We had a fun time. The kids got to go on the carousel for free as well as a free viewing of the new 3D movie. We watched the gorillas get fed which was pretty fascinating. Then we got free cokes and dollar hotdogs. We also watched the lions/tigers get fed.

We even got to pet a snake and a chinchilla! Alyssa brought her new camera and had fun taking lots of pictures. It was fun doing this together, too! I hope she continues her interest in photography. It will be a fun thing to have in common.

This past weekend I went to Raleigh for Andrea’s bridal shower. It was very nice. She has lots of great friends and got lots of goodies! Amy was able to come, too. Together with mom, we had a bit of a girls’ day. After the shower we went home and had a fitting for Andrea’s wedding dress and our dresses, too. Then we went to lunch at a great little Italian place. After lunch we went to the mall because, (horror of horrors) Andrea dropped one of her gifts, mixing bowls from Crate & Barrel, so we took them back and they were very nice and exchanged them for her. Later that evening, we all went to mom & dad’s house for dinner and they showed us their pictures from their trip to Israel. That was cool. Sunday morning I went to church with Andrea & Jerry, then to lunch at a Mediterranean place. I had a nice weekend with my family, and it was nice not to have to worry about the kids, too, so thank you to Dean who had them by himself all weekend! They had fun, too. They went swimming and saw the movie ‘Ratatouille’. They said it was really good.

Dean also bought Kai a new bike (again). Yesterday, I took Alyssa for her new bike (again). Please pray that we remain in possession of these and that they continue in working order for the foreseeable future! We still have to fix the tires on Roan’s bike then everything should be in order.

Tomorrow’s July 4th, so Happy Independence Day! We will probably go to Fort Jackson as usual. More later!

Roan Quote: “Mommy when we’re in heaven, it will be a long drive to go to Target.”