Saturday, July 31, 2010

Vacation Fun

We headed out last Friday morning for Virginia to visit Joes mom & family. The trip up was perfect! We left out at 2am and traveled half way on our 10 hour trip before anyone woke up. After stopping to eat and potty we headed back out. The kids were happy and so was I... We arrived in Williamsburg around lunch and stopped for a bite to eat. Then we checked into the hotel and started unpacking. We spent the evening with Nanny (aka Carol) and went to dinner and walked around Colonial Williamsburg!

The Boys...

Some Brotherly Love infront of the Armory...

Old Church - So neat!

On Day two we headed to Water Country and the kids had a blast! His was the first time Nick really ever got to experience a water slide. His first ride I wish I could have captured his face. Hes so tiny he was slipping through the tubes, but he didn't care he had a blast! Emily LOVED it too. The kiddo pool was just her size and she loved floating the Lazy River with mommy!

That afternoon (after a quick nap) we headed over to Busch Gardens (were Nanny works).. We visited Busch 3 times during our visit and still did not see it all!

And seaking of roller coasters, Justin was finally tall enough to take in some of the BIG coasters. The first one he rode was called "Loch Ness" and he LOVED it.. The flips and curves and hills, he rode it several times! Here is a picture of it! (yellow)

While in Virginia we also visited VIrginia Beach and also a local beach called Buckroe. All three kids loved the beach. This was Emilys first trip and she loved it, sand and all! I forgot the camera on our trips to Virginia Beach, but here are some from Buckroe. It was on Chesepeke Bay so the waves were small!!

On Thursday after lunch we headed back home. Our 10 ride did not go as smooth and actually took us almost 13 hours to get home. Very fussy baby and driving during the day, not fun! Next time we will stick to night rides!!! But we had a wonderful vacation and now its time to get ready for school - starts in a week..eeek :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Little Pocket Change...

We are heading out in a few days for Virginia. We are spending a week with Joes mom & family in Williamsburg & Virginia Beach!! We have been planning and saving since January for the trip! I wanted a way to get the boys involved in saving, so one they would maybe understand it cost money to go on vacation and two make them feel they helped..

So we set out a mason jar & our goal was to fill-it to the top! We told the boys every dime, nickel, etc they found on the floor or in a seat cushion , anywere to put it in the vacation jar. They LOVED the idea and have been crazy putting all their loose change in it.. Mommy and daddy have made contributions too and I even put all the "bills" I found in the dryer over the past few months in too!!

So lastnight we decided to open the jar since we had reached the top.

The boys were so excited and proud.. We kept telling them they did a great job saving and how much this would help out on the trip!!

So after sitting and rolling up the change we are taking it to the bank today. Im letting the boys carry it in and give it to the clerk and let them tell her how they earned and saved money and what an awesome job they did!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

You Melt My Heart...

Today Joe and I celebrate our 8 year wedding anniversary.. Time has went by so fast, it seems like just yesterday I was trying on dresses and getting ready for that big day!! This has been an amazing 8 years and Im so excited to see what the rest of our future holds for us. Joe you truly are my best friend.. I love you more and more each day!!

A look back to 8 years ago...

This year Joe and I celebrated like we have every year.. We went to dinner at the Melting Pot (the place were Joe proposed), we have went there every anniversary! Its a great tradition we hope to continue every year! YUMM

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Weekend by the Fire

So yea it was in the mid 80's but we still had a We headed out last weekend for our first of the  year camping trip. It was so much fun and there will most definatly be more, but only when it cools off alittle!!

We pulled in around 3pm Friday and set up.. After getting camp ready the boys, Joe, and my dad headed down the the water and started fishing!!
While they did alittle fishing the girls started dinner! Emily happily played in her pack-n-play while we cooked. I love cooking over an open campfire, and you just can't beat the food and how it taste..
After dinner we all went down to do alittle more fishing were the boys caught about 2 dozen fish before the sun set for the night!!
Early the next morning we got up and did alittle more fishing and drank our coffee and ate breakfast! Then off on the boat we went, the kids loved it. It was Emilys first boat ride and she had a blast and even did alittle driving.. The day was filled with boating and fishing, and FUN!!
After a day of boating we came bak to the campsite and played, ate dinner and had some smores by the campfire! Sunday we woke up, fished and played then packed up for the trip home! We had a blast and can't wait to go back!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

I figured this would be fun! Every Wednesday I will post a couple pictures that well.... need no words! So here we go...