I haven't been here for awhile and really want to get back to blogging.....will return soon.
Monday, August 26, 2013
So this year the first day of school for my kids just happens to be my birthday! So there was no sleeping in or no breakfast in bed as a birthday present for me! Matt was off to work at 5am to be very busy his first day of school as bus route supervisor...making sure everything runs smoothly in transportation. I wanted to make the kids a special, out of the ordinary, breakfast for their first day, and it was a blessing for me too! Yum, yum...fruit, muffin, and bacon! The kids enjoyed singing happy birthday to me with a candle in my muffin!
All ready to go...Jason, kindergarten, Mr. Harrigan's class; Carson, first grade, Mrs. Gonzalez's class; Madison, second grade, Mr. Betten's class!
They were so excited to get their backpacks on and head out the door!
Their backpacks of choice...angry birds, Batman, and girly hearts and butterflies.
Jackson trying to get in on the picture.
Jason...excited to be going to kindergarten.
Carson, first grade. Too cool for school.
Madison, the old pro...second grader.
Silly faces on the first day.
Eagerly waiting for the bus...concerned that that little girl on the left might not make it through the day!
Friday, August 9, 2013
We were so fortunate to be able to purchase a week at a timeshare from a family at our church for a great price! We headed to Atlantic Beach NC to Peppertree Resort...a place we had been to before with the Ricchini family way back in 2007 during Thanksgiving week. This time we had a few more kids and it was a bit warmer....much more time spent outside at the pool and at the beach! We all had a blast and I can't wait to return someday!
This was our view from our patio...so nice to walk out our door and see the sparkling cool pool every day!
Looking at our unit from the other side of the pool. We were a first floor unit but not located on the ground. Underneath our unit were common spaces that had beach umbrella/chair storage, ping pong tables, and various other things. Our two windows are directly above the handicap lift by the pool (covered in blue cover).
With a pool right outside our door, we enjoyed a lot of time there. It was the perfect place to be at the end of our beach time as it would remove any remaining salt and sand that the outside showers and hoses couldn't!
With no lifeguards present our kids could have some fun that they weren't used to at the public pools. Jackson got sheer enjoyment out of pushing daddy in the pool!
Daddy shows off his cannonball skills....and Jackson must try and copy!
Jackson's side jump. Check out his face when he comes up out of the water...priceless!
The kids loved this game....we threw the ball to them as they jumped in...most of the times they missed...but that was probably as much due to throwing error as catching error. Jason goes for it.
And Madison goes for it and makes the catch!
Jason tries and again and the ball was too high....then Jackson practically jumps in on top of him!
And Jackson demonstrates his "monster" walk followed by his fall into the pool! Had us laughing every time!
Obviously we spent as much time as possible at the beach! We all had a blast. It's amazing what a beach can offer a family as far as free fun goes! They loved playing in the surf, playing in the sand, and looking for seashells. They also had a blast tossing pieces of their lunch to the seagulls and watching how quickly all the seagulls showed up at our site but unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that....I typically left the area as I was not looking to be pooped on by one of the many seagulls! I'm sure any of the people in our immediate area weren't thrilled by my children's antics!
Day one at the beach...7/27...we arrived at the resort around noon but had to wait for our unit so we spent a little time at the pool and a little time at the beach....didn't bring the camera.
Day two at the Beach....7/28...This picture looks a little foggy due to the humidity affecting my camera lens but I loved the picture of them all working together to make a great sand castle...unfortunately I don't have an after picture....they lost their focus too quickly.
Day three at the Beach...7/30...Jason continues to enjoy himself. (we took a little break from the beach on 7/29 as the kids all had very rosy cheeks!)
Day four at the beach...7/31...I put the kids on a mission to find some great seashells.
Day five at the beach..8/2...Jackson loved having all these toys and all this space to play.
(we took 8/1 and spent the morning at the local aquarium while it was raining and then later at the pool when the storms had passed.)
We arrived on the beach early this day (around 8:45) and the tide was still very far out....you can get an idea of the distance in this picture. And there were still people out getting their morning walk along the beach out. We were some of the few people there that early actually setting up for the day! We planned on staying as long as we could knowing it would be our last time at the beach for probably a year! :(
I took this picture standing closer to the water looking away from the water (obviously) and you can see all the umbrellas and chairs set up for other guests of the resort...most of whom weren't there yet!
A few of the beach houses that were close by...a few even had some nice pools as well as being so close to the beach....lovely places to stay, I'm sure, as long as there aren't any hurricanes!
Jackson continues to play that last day and loved pushing the trucks and tractors around in the sand! So grateful that all my kids love the water and the beach!
On Monday, July 29th we took a break from the beach and headed to Ft. Macon State Park. There were some dark clouds in the area but we made it through without getting rained on. For my local Maryland friends, this place could be compared to Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Definitely a place that my kids would love to go back to if we ever get to Atlantic Beach again.
One of the many very cool cannons around the park.
Firing their pretend guns at me!
American flag with cannon in the foreground and the stormy clouds in the background.