Monday, June 21, 2010

Beach Trip

We went to Wilmington, NC last weekend. We had a blast. The kids loved the sun, sand and water. Liam liked the sand a little too much. The first day he kept eating it by the handfuls - yuck! Eli finally warmed up to the water on the second day and we couldn't get Aidan and Adley out of the waves. Funny since neither of them can really swim - we are working on that though.

My new favorite picture of Liam!
Eli playing in the sand
We always take a family picture at the end of the pier.
Our walk on the pier was more exciting this year. We saw a lot of jelly fish in the water, saw someone catch and release a sting ray (I saw one up close as I was boogie boarding too!), and saw someone catch a baby shark (the kids got to touch it before they released it). The kids always enjoy the pelicans too.
We headed to the aquarium. It is really small but it keeps the kids intrigued and is only $6 for admission instead of $30. This year we got to see an albino alligator. The guy told us there are only about 40 in the world. They don't survive well in nature because well they stick out and can't hunt without being noticed. This particular alligator came from a nest in Louisiana. The alligator pair each carried the recessive gene and 25% of the eggs in their nest were albino. But in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the pair were separated and there have been no further eggs. We bought Eli his very own stuffed albino alligator.

USS North Carolina
We will eventually take the kids on the real tour, not just the drive-by viewing. We need them to be a little older to maneuver all the ladders and spaces. They loved seeing all the big guns, what little boy doesn't.

And last but not least - what is wrong with the picture below? Jared took it in the parking lot of the grocery store on our way home!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Stella Kristin

My sister had her beautiful baby girl yesterday at 9:12am (AZ time). She weighed 8lbs 0.3oz, 20.25 in long. She was 11 days early. She looks exactly like her older brother Weston. I wish I could have been there but at least I'll be there in August. Andrea & Stella are both doing great. They should be heading home today. Here are some pictures of baby Stella (don't you just love her name)...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pisgah Forest

Last week we took the missionaries and the kids up the mountain to an Inn there for breakfast. It is kind of a tradition that we started. The view was beautiful!

Also Aidan finished up his soccer season - he loved it and will begin again in the fall - this time Adley will be old enough to play.

Baby Goats

I neglected to post our visit to see some baby goats with my friend from work and her kids back in May. We had a small hike up to the farm, played with the goats and had a picnic. The kids love seeing the 'kids'.

Caroline looking at the goat. The only girl....I mess up the odds with having 4 boys.
The boys
The goat field...I wasn't about to go out there - all I could think about were snakes in that long grass. Yes I know I'm a pansy and I am perfectly fine with that!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Recently Jared and I have been trying to get back in shape, you know work out, run, swim, bike...all the stuff we forgot how to do when we had kids. We decided it was time - we have set some goals to help us on our journey. We will be running a 5K in July, Jared wants to do a triathlon in August and I am contemplating a 10K in September. So yesterday after working 12hrs I got home around 8pm and decided to finish putting the kids to bed so Jared could go on a bike ride. Off he went....only down and around the corner and then he wrecked on his road bike. I saw him walking up the driveway carrying his bike. He had only been gone 5 minutes. I ran to the garage and knew something was wrong. His face was bloody, clothes torn and he had some good road rash. He did fine going down our hill but hit a wash board patch in the pavement going too fast and his front tire quickly came out from under him going into another turn and he landed on his face, well his chin. His visor on his helmet broke off and we figure his visor and his chin hit at the same time and this protected his nose. He had a pretty good laceration on his chin and definitely needed stitches. Jared's dad came to stay with the sleeping kids and we headed off to the ER. 4 hours and 10 stitches later we were home. We finally got in bed around 1:30 and I had to be up by 6am to work again. Here is a before picture while waiting in the ER....
Jared has been feeling pretty good today, a little sore but that is to be expected. We are so thankful that it wasn't worse. Thankfully we head to the beach tomorrow for some fun...but we have to pack first - Ugh! I'm never gonna get any sleep.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Day Trip

This entry is a little late - it's from the beginning of May. I have been really busy as of late so I lost track of posting our trip. We took the kids to Dollywood again. They love that place and so do I...we always have so much fun and it's just an easy trip for us. I was a little restricted this go around with being on my diet and having to resist all the yummy food...but it was worth it. The diet is over and I am down 12.5lbs, only 1.5lbs away from when Jared & I got married. Yay!!! Okay on to the trip. They opened up a new attraction called "Adventure Mountain" this year. We couldn't go the first time we went this year because we didn't have on closed toed shoes but we planned better this time and everyone but the little boys were able to try it out. I took the big boys up first and then Jared did too. Just looking at it from the ground I thought it would be no big deal, but I did have some trouble with the heights at first. I got more daring each time I came to another part of the course. Aidan did great! He really surprised me by his willingness to try harder parts of the mountain, he is usually the one that gets scared. Adley had a role reversal too - he was the scared one, which almost never is the case. At each part of the course he said 'Um, I'll take the bridge'. Not once did he try any part of the ropes course.
So here are so pictures of our "adventure"....

Jared on the ropes course
Eli really wanted to go up on the real ropes course but he wasn't tall enough. They had a little kids ropes course though. He played on it for 90 minutes. He was really good too. Don't you love the tongue sticking out!
Liam being a good boy, while waiting on the big boys! Oh and he is now a walker - all the time. He is getting faster everyday!
Boys on the carousel
The train ride!

I tried to get pictures of the big boys on the ropes course but they were always on the opposite side of the course where the easier stuff was and I could never see them well enough to photograph. Maybe next time!