Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 Week 4

We were excited to spend the morning of Day 2 of our beach vacation at Wonder Works.  We were up fairly early as usual, had breakfast at IHOP, then wandered around the (closed) shops at Broadway at the Beach until Wonder Works was open.

It's a bit like a Children's Museum on steroids.  The premise is that the building got caught in a tornado in Florida or something and ended up upside-down on a building here so the lobby is all upside down.  It's fun.  Inside they have things like a roller coaster simulator, all kind of science-y experiment stuff,

a bed of nails
giant bubble station
climbing demonstration of pulley and levers, laser tag (we had a lot of fun with that one) and a ropes course (also a lot of fun, especially watching the kids figure out they weren't going to fall and getting more confident as they crossed the obstacles).
We had lunch then spent some time in the pool at the hotel.

Wednesday morning I was up before everyone else and got to enjoy the sunrise.
We did donuts for breakfast then spent some final time on the beach before heading home.
 It was a great little vacation.  I'm really glad we went and am looking forward to going back when we can actually spend some time in the water.

The rest of the week went very quickly with orders to fill, school and work to return to, etc.
We also got some happy mail from Sam's grandma:  her usual cookies and granola for birthdays, plus some ruffle scarves for Kaitlyn and me.  Birthdays are so much fun, even when they aren't mine ;)

Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 Week 3

 What stands out from this week?  Well, lots of projects and finishing things up - especially getting the big photos up in the craft room and reorganizing it.  That room hasn't been this clean and pretty in months and months.
 Kaitlyn won second prize at the science fair!  Go Kate! 
Also took some time to decorate the house for Valentines day - it was looking way too bare without Christmas stuff.
 Sam had a birthday!  And by some stroke of luck not only did it fall on a weekend, but a bit holiday weekend followed by the kids having 3 days off (and half-day on Friday).  Normally I would be annoyed at that since the kids JUST went back to school from Christmas.  But we decided to take advantage of it and use some of Sam's time off so we spent a few days in Myrtle Beach.
 We drove down Sunday after we had breakfast (muffins made by Kaitlyn for her dad's birthday) and packed.  We had an amazing condo (can splurge a little with off season prices - two bedrooms plus a living room/kitchen) right on the beach.
 Once we got settled in the room we went for a walk on the beach.  And kind of got carried away.  When we made it back to the room we calculated that we had walked over 3 miles - no wonder poor Tyler kept complaining that his feet hurt.
 We went to the Medieval Times dinner and show that night - so much fun!  Knights jousting, eating dinner with only your fingers...what's not to like?  Even though Tyler didn't want to eat any of the meal (we planned on that and took a sandwich for him) both the kids were completely enthralled.  If I happened to lean over to ask Kaitlyn a question she would tell me "shh, I'm trying to watch this."
 I know - they're all green.  It's the lights.  We were in the Green Knight's section.  He didn't win.
 And back at the room we surprised Sam with brownies for dessert - pretty sneaky aren't we?  He didn't know we had them (though he almost spoiled the surprise by getting home early Friday when they were still out on the counter and the whole house smelled like chocolate)

 or the sparking grape juice (left over from New Years).
 Tyler loves a good toast.

Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Week 1

We had an eventful end of 2013/first week of 2014
 Tried to write Thank You cards for all the Christmas and Birthday gifts.  Didn't finish - the kids are so well loved or er, spoiled.
 New Year's Eve Pajama party with friends - FUN!

 We played games, watched The Ball drop, the kids broke a piƱata, and we all got fortunes by popping balloons.

 Tyler also lost a tooth at the New Years Eve party.  (at this rate he may not be able to chew food on his own soon lol)  Good thing Mom remembered to put the tooth under his pillow as he went right to sleep as soon as we got home.
 Breakfast New Years Day was waffles and the sparkling grape juice we had forgotten to open at midnight.
 Tyler insisted we all do a toast.

We also spent New Years Day putting away all the Christmas decorations.  The living room looks really bare now.
 But also very clean as we also took the opportunity a couple days later to rent a steamer and clean all the carpets.  While Sam ran the machine I did a few of the deep cleaning items I had been putting off.  The house is now all sparkly clean and that feels good.
 Bambi likes the clean carpet too.
 Oh, and we finally remembered to let the kids pull the wish bone from Thanksgiving.
 Wonder what he wished for...
 The kids are back on a paper airplane kick.  Tyler taped this note to one of the paper airplanes then handed it to me ;)  He's such a cutie.
And to finish up the week, Kaitlyn finished her science project - WOOHOO!