Sunday, June 21, 2009

Home Again

So, here we are a week later and still trying to unpack all of our stuff. It was nice to be home. Ruth put flowers in the front of the house while we were away. What a great homecoming present! Gwen and Ailish promptly tore into their toys, having missed them greatly. I was surprised to see that the kazoo was the first thing they picked up. Gwen ripped all of their books out to read. Ailish was itchy from her sunburn, so she was rubbing her back on the doors and furniture. When she resorted to rolling on the floor, I gave her a wooden spoon to rub her back. Ha Ha! With the dust settled and us back into our routine, we have time to reflect on the great vacation we had and how we hope to do it again next year. Hopefully, we'll have some time to go to the fair in August to meet up. Lots of love to all of you!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Beach Vacation

The view from our deck was great! We didn't have far to go to get to the ocean!

We went to the Virginia Aquarium for a day off from the beach. We saw sharks, turtles, and skates. Gwen found she liked to push the buttons on all the displays to make them talk. Ailish liked looking at the turtles with her Uncle Jake. She even went into a shark head with him! They had a great nature walk where the girls loved looking at the flowers. At the end, Gwen happily sat on Uncle Jake's shoulders to look at the otters who were lazily laying in a shady spot in their home.

Later in the week, I snapped a couple of really cute pics of the girls. Gwen didn't like the water so much but she did like digging in the sand. Ailish liked to play in the surf and chase the crabs that would pop out of the sand to check us out.

We spent an afternoon at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. They had a nice place with an ocean view to ride on several amusement rides. Daddy and Ailish went on several rides. I was surprised that she wanted to go on the ferris wheel. Of course, we have some pictures...

We had such a great vacation!

We wish that there was more time to spend at the beach to watch the waves come in. There is something that is so soothing about it. The food was amazing! (Diet starts Monday, I swear...) The time spent with our families is worth so much to us. No matter what, that is the most important thing.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Family Vacation

Hooray for a week of vacation! We made it safely to Virginia Beach after a 9 hour trip (we made several stops along the way). We went through the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel. I think it's scary but very interesting. While we were going into the second tunnel a very big naval ship happened to be going over the tunnel at the same time.

First day: Woke up and hit the beach at 8:30 am. We spent the entire day on the beach today. We flew kites and dug in the sand. The girls were coated with sand by the end of the day. We hauled half the beach sand up to the house in their shorts and had to hose them down. Baths for everyone!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Oh Nooo! There's a hole!!!

I thought I'd share the fabulous pics of our new house 'hole'. From my understanding there was quite a puddle of water hanging out in our ceiling so when they opened it up it poured out of there. We got a picture halfway through the job when they had to go get another part when they dropped the one into our wall and couldn't get it back. LOL! The second pic is the finished plumbing. Next comes the lovely attempt to hide a big white tube next to our front door. *sigh*

On a nicer note, I love this recent pic of Gwen catching a nap. (Note: she IS sleeping on top of her 'pets'.)