Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Grandparent Camp in Charlotte

Last week was another week where we had nothing to do with the kids.  But we had willing grandparents so we shipped them down to Charlotte. 

Drew took them down on Tuesday to Lynn’s house.  They got there around lunchtime and Drew headed out after lunch.  After work I met Jamie and we tried on bridesmaid dresses for Anna’s wedding in November.  We also ate dinner and browsed Target.  Wednesday after work I met Drew for dinner at the Village Tavern since we were kid free.  What should have been fairly quick turned into a long dinner when the soccer game went into extra time and penalty kicks!  Thursday I did a little more browsing at some stores and then I headed over to Jamie’s house for girls’ night.  Friday after work we were at home but we went out later to hear our friends’ band.  I used to work with a girl named Katie and she and her husband have a band, Carolina Coalmine.  It was great to finally see them and they were so good!

Enough of what we did on our kid free week – I know everyone wants to know what the kids did.  Let me tell you – they had fun!

Tuesday after Drew left, Mimo and Aunt Anna took them to Carowinds for their first time.  They went after 4pm when it’s a little less crowded and a little cheaper.  From what I hear they had a blast. 

Wednesday is when the switching fun started up.  The kids wanted to stay with the grandparents by themselves and then switch.  So Wednesday morning Lynn met Suzette and handed Lindy off to them.  They made pudding together, shopped at Target and camped out that night on Grandbob’s floor.  They even had a ‘campfire.’   Will was at Mimo’s house and I know he played with the marble race for awhile and then he went with Mimo to the bookstore that she volunteers at.  He got to pick a couple books while he was waiting for Aunt Anna to pick him up.  When she did pick him up she treated him to some frozen yogurt.

Thursday morning they met again and made another switch.  Lindy headed back to Mimo’s and Will headed to GrandBob’s.  They headed back to Dave and Buster’s where GrandBob has taken him before and he had a blast.  I hear he beat a bunch of people in Mario Kart and then he got some balls in a milk jug which was supposedly legitimately hard to do.  They were supposed to work on a lean-to outside but it was raining so they couldn’t.  I think they also camped out on GrandBob’s floor.  Lindy was back at Mimo’s and I’m not sure what they did.  I think there was a lot of Nelly love and Paw Patrol love going on. 

Friday morning Mimo met back up with Suzette and handed Lindy off to join Will at their house.  Then she took a 6 hour nap!  ha!  GrandBob and Suzette, however, took the kids to Discovery Place in downtown Charlotte and from what I hear they had a blast.  The kids have been a couple times but I’ve still never been.  I think they spent all afternoon there.  I think they had their final campout that night as well. 

Saturday afternoon we met GrandBob and Suzette in Mooresville and took our kids back.  And then GBob and Suzette took a 6 hour nap.  Hopefully not on the way home!  We headed to my parents’ house to see my aunt and uncle who were here visiting from Missouri.  It is my mom’s sister.  We got there and ate some lunch and then we headed out on the boat for the first time this summer.  We went for one ride in March with Hayley and Rylee but this is the first summertime ride we’ve taken.  We got to go tubing for the first time too.   Drew and I went first and then we put the kids in with us.  They had a blast!  They kept saying, “Faster, Papa, Faster!”  They loved it.  Next my mom and Aunt Sue rode and I’m not sure they loved it!  Dad really wasn’t going that fast but they got bumped a couple good times when waves from other boats got to them.  We also pulled the boat up to a little area and got out in the water.  Dad was testing all his skills so he knows what he is doing when my sister and family come down.  We headed back to the house after a bit and we all went swimming.  I played my dad, Drew, and uncle in Horse and whipped them all.  Sometimes it’s hard being so good at everything (that line is for you, Bob!).  ha ha!  It was a fun afternoon in the pool.  Lindy became quite comfortable in the water, going under constantly!  She was jumping off the side and going under.  I had her hold one finger because sometimes she doesn’t jump out and I was afraid she would hit her head.  She even went off the diving board!  On Saturday she had goggles on over her eyes and nose and she was loving the water!  Will was still being Mr. Cautious.  We had a yummy dinner and then a game of Farkle before heading to bed.  My aunt and uncle flew out of Charlotte at 6am Sunday morning so we told them goodbye on Sat. night.

Sunday we got up and had a very lazy day.  I was so sleepy (from not sleeping well in the bed with two munchkins) that I even took a short nap.  We finally got ready and went swimming.  It was chilly at first but finally the sun came out and warmed us up.  Lindy was going under the water again, and this time without goggles on.  She finally learned to keep her mouth shut and blow out her nose!  She was having so much fun.  I started from square one with Will.  We worked on blowing bubbles.  Then trying to blow bubbles with his nose.  He finally after much coaxing jumped off the steps, while holding his nose, and went under water.  I made him do it over and over.  He didn’t love it but he was doing it.  I can only hope that once he gets more and more comfortable in the water he will loosen up and try to swim.   We finally got out, ate, showered and headed back home Sunday evening. 

The kids first trip to Carowinds!  IMG_5124IMG_5125IMG_5126
Lindy and her buddy Nelly!
Lindy dressed up as Marshall from Paw Patrol!  (Her new favorite show!)
Will and his magnificent marble race!IMG_5138
Lindy loves helping in the kitchen.  They made pudding together.photo
Camping with GrandBob!  Love the makeshift camp fire!photo 1photo 3

Out on the boat with Nana and Aunt Sue.DSC_0055
The guinea pigs going for the first tubing ride.DSC_0058
Lindy loving on Aunt Sue.DSC_0062
Will watching us tubing.DSC_0070
A small picture but those are big smiles!DSC_0079DSC_0086
A family that tubes together, stays together.  ha!DSC_0088
These daredevils did it.  Not sure they enjoyed it!DSC_0091
Lindy found a new best friend last weekend.  She loved her some Uncle Jerry!
Swimming in some muddy water!DSC_0100DSC_0105DSC_0106
Captain Lindy reporting for duty!DSC_0112
Back to the house for swimming.DSC_0114
Who is under that water? DSC_0115
It’s Will!  Yay Buddy!
Who is under there now?  Lindy!  Our new fish!DSC_0120
Will got out to watch the World Cup and this is how I found him.  Sweet sleeping boy.DSC_0126

A fun week for the kids and fun weekend for everyone.  We were all tired when we got home! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 4th at Oak Island

Last week was a three day week for Drew and me.  We didn’t have any childcare though so we had to piece it all together.  They mostly stayed at home with Drew but they did go to our neighbors’ house on Tuesday for a good, long visit so that Drew could go visit some church folks. 

They love going to our neighbors’ house to see Miss Mary Ann and her two boys.  From what I hear Will pals up with the older boy, Matthew, and Lindy hangs out with Nathan and Mary Ann.  Matthew introduced Will to Minecraft and he was hooked.  We will have to look into it and see if it is a good birthday present.  We know nothing about it.  I know Lindy helped Mary Ann with a pudding dessert and I got a text of her face covered in chocolate!   Lindy loves helping so I know she enjoys doing that with her.  That afternoon they came to my office for a bit too. 

Wednesday evening we left for the beach.  Starting last weekend they started talking about a tropical storm that was probably going to form and hit NC.  I was mad thinking it might ruin our beach trip.  We ended up deciding to go because we kept hearing it would be gone by Friday and it would be a beautiful weekend.   We got down to Oak Island Wednesday night and we woke up to rain on Thursday.  It turned into a category 1 hurricane and I think it eventually turned into a category 2 after it passed us.  It rained all day on Thursday but we were underwhelmed by the Category 1 hurricane Arthur.   We didn’t even see big winds like we were expecting.  We played at the beach house all day long.  It was a big game of entertain the kids.  We played games, read, watched TV.  Thankfully we never lost power and when we woke up Friday morning it was a gorgeous beach day!  Never would you have known a hurricane had passed by.

We spent the next three days on the beach.  We headed down Friday morning with Mimo and Aunt Anna.  We headed down Friday afternoon with the same people plus Aunt Jamie who drove down.  Friday night we had a low country boil – yummy yum yum.  Anna’s fiance, Brian, also got there Friday evening. 

Friday night we headed down to the other end of the island to catch the fireworks in Southport.  We were underwhelmed by them as well and the kids were super tired.  Both actually fell asleep on the way back to the house.   We did some pop-its and a sparkler before we left for the fireworks.  Will warned us not to touch the top of it after his was done because it was really hot.  Later I found out that he did touch it which is how he found out it was really hot.  

Saturday we got up and did some yard work around the house in the morning.  We picked up sticks from the storm, Drew cleaned the gutters and I mowed the back yard.  We ate lunch and then spent the entire lovely afternoon on the beach.   Will begged enough all weekend that he finally convinced Drew to take him to play putt putt too. 

Sunday we got up and headed to the beach as well.  It was a mostly cloudy and little bit cooler day on the beach and it was about perfect!  The kids had tidal pools to play in and it would have been easy to stay forever.  But unfortunately we had to pack up and head home that day.   

Enjoy some pictures!

Lindy was all about some Nelly this weekend.  She was all over her!
July 3rd shirts
Mimo knew it was going to be a long rainy day so she planned to make homemade play doh with the kids.  It was a hit!  They played with it for a long time!DSC_9866DSC_9867
July 4th outfits!
I forgot my camera on Friday so I made up for it on Saturday and Sunday!

July 5th beach outfits!
Will playing putt putt Saturday afternoon.  He loves putt putt!golf photo
Dig my kids a ‘pool’, separate ones at that, and they play for a long time in them!  Or until the tide comes in and ruins them.DSC_0033DSC_0034DSC_0035
My cute little watermelon!
Lindy had to poop while at the beach.  The $3 potty from IKEA is a staple we take with us to the beach.  Anna and Brian were downwind.  P-U! ha ha ha!
I brought Lindy’s Jake sun shirt Sunday and she was so proud of it!  DSC_0050DSC_0051