Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winterfest in Portland

This weekend we headed down to Portland for our annual Thanksgiving with Grandma and Grandpa.  We arrived around 6 and feasted on traditional Thanksgiving goodies.   Grandma makes the best stuffing EVER!   Ted's family was there...so there were 18 of us.  It was the first holiday in their new home...it was beautiful and plenty of room.

After Ted's family left...we watched some Hallmark movies.  Love being able to stay up late and watch those.  

Saturday morning we were lazy around the house.  Andy and I did go out and buy a wreath to put on Kate's grave...it's always surreal doing that...we would so much rather be buying toys and games for our little 8 year old.

After a yummy leftover lunch...we headed to the courthouse for carriage rides and a look at all the decorated trees in the Courthouse.    We ran into the FROZEN gang having a meet and great!

Back to the house and Ted and Seth went to watch the High School Boys Scrimmage in Basketball.   Cathy and I went shopping at some primitive stores.  Then...Andy and I went to Kate's grave to hang her wreath.

Back for some card games and a quick dinner before heading to the light parade.   Just as we were walking out the door...Grant and Seth got into a fight...it made Grant upset...and he threw up.  LOVELY!   He has been fighting a nasty cold/cough for a week now...and I think he got so worked up that all that mucus caused a problem. 

So...since he seemed to be feeling fine...we headed down just in time to watch the parade...there were some cute floats..but it seemed shorter than normal.

It was a fun relaxing weekend...always seems to be the last before the craziness of the holidays really get here!





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This time...it's for real!

I realized something tonight.   I was preparing for a Kate's Kart presentation...it's a special one where I actually have more time and get to share some of my faith journey and I went back and was looking for some pictures and details from Kate's hospital journey.   I didn't start blogging till a month before she turned 1....I couldn't remember some details from that 1st year...It made me sad.   Looking back on the blog...I found some info I needed. Had I only been blogging that 1st year....I would have those specifics.

It got me thinking...if those "special" memories are fading so quickly....certainly the memories of everyday life now will be gone way too fast.   There are too many things happening....too many moments I don't want to forget.   Plus...I spent some time looking back at those last weeks with Kate...the tears flowed...they don't that often anymore...but tonight they did.   I cherish the ability to go back...and remember.   These days with my boys...they are going too fast.
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So...a pledge to continue...I need this diary....this journal. Facebook is good...but I cherished the details I was able to read.   Plus...since we experienced a burglary 2 weeks ago, I learned that anything backed up online is a blessing...cause cameras can get taken.

I will try to go back and get some of the big things from the last few months...but will concentrate on moving forward.

Today...was dress like a super hero day at Seth's school. All proceeds cost 1.00...and they come to Kate's Kart.  We obviously had to have a lesson on supporting our family charity...and after a lot of begging and pleading, and a little bribery...we finally got him convinced to dress up.     And I think he turned out just adorable.


And regarding Grant...he cracks us up:
Quote of the day:   To his best friend Talan, on the way home from school;    "If we were in a dance band, we'd have a lot of girlfriends."



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cape May Tuesday July 22

Tuesday started with a leisurely morning....Seth and I slept in a little...Amy went and got doughnuts.  It wasn't until about 11 that we all headed to the beach.  It was another glorious day.  The sun was shining and the waves weren't quite a brutal as yesterday.  Andy and I had a blast boogie boarding together.    The 4 of us went back about 1 for lunch and then came for more fun in the sun.  Andy and Grant left at 4 so Grant could have a nap...and Seth and I stayed at the beach by ourselves till 5:30.  I love the beach between 4-6...it's much quieter and so peaceful.






The couple who boogie boards together...stays together!  So much fun with my hubby!



The whole group...both families

So tired!



We cleaned out the fridge with leftovers and hamburgers for dinner.    A quick trip to the arcade....MUST HAVE MORE DOLPHINS, before heading down to the mall.


 
We shopped around...scoping out t-shirts.  Grant found his..a lifeguard sweatshirt.  Then...Nana & Oompa treated us all to Stewarts...an amazing ice cream shop.
 




The sundaes are HUGE....like 5 scoops huge...definitely enough for 2 of us to split!





 
After ice cream...we stopped in a store and I found my birthday present....a locket necklace!  Then...back to the house via our bikes.  It's a beautiful ride in the evening while all the bed and breakfast and Victorian homes are lit up.   We sat on the porch for a while...did a few loads of laundry and headed to bed.  Tuesday is over...and after Tuesday...the week always seems to just FLY by!  But we are having an awesome time...building so many memories.
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cape May, Monday, July 21

Monday started with breakfast...waffles cooked by Oompa!  We are so spoiled having Oompa cook for us.   Andy and I rode our bikes to the grocery and did a little shopping for the day.  One of the cool things is that we never drive...we ride or walk everywhere.

Of course the boys were ready to go to the beach...we headed down around 10!  It was GORGEOUS.  A perfect Cape May Beach Day.    We took a break for lunch and then came back and enjoyed the sun even more.









For Christmas, Seth asked for a boogie board.  Nana and Oompa gave him a gift certificate and last night he picked it out!   It's pretty slick...and rides great. 

Back to the house around 4 for showers and down time.  I made baked macaroni and cheese (I know, it felt weird having to actually cook!)   We had a potluck supper with the Vollmers...with homemade crabcakes and all sorts of other yummy stuff.  We definitely eat well!  It was fun to all eat together.
 


 
Grant and I stayed back tonight...he is EXHAUSTED already and needed to learn to make some wise choices.  We may have to start an afternoon nap time!  Andy and Seth headed down to the boardwalk for ice cream and games.   Another great day in Cape May!

Cape May, Sunday July 20

After a light breakfast, we all rode our bikes down the boardwalk.  It's about a 1.5 mile walk/ride and you can only ride bikes until 10:00am.  We rode all the way down to Sunset Beach, watched the surfers and walked along out on the jetty rocks.

We then changed and were headed down to the beach.  It was still a little cool...and very windy..in fact, the sand was even a little painful as the wind blew.  But...the boys had a blast playing in the water...boogie boarding and body surfin and just jumping in the waves.











We came back about 12:30 and the gumdrop tree had bloomed...yep...magical combination of sea air, salt water and sunshine.  Only happens in Cape May!

Then we headed down to Convention Hall for the Pirate Dig.   I was a little weary as there were a TON of kids.   But...a pirate came out and directed all to walk a few blocks down to a beach. They had the areas roped off:  2-4, 5-7, 8-10.   At the sound of the whistle...all the kids went into the area and started digging for treasure.   We didn't know, so we didn't bring a shovel...but Grant just kept digging and digging with his little hands.   His system was a little off as he would dig in one area and then move to a completely different area...then a different area.   I was getting nervous as it appeared that a lot of kids were finding their treasure box buried in the sand.  After about 15 minutes, they let parents in to help...so I drug my foot...felt something and called him over...and "tada"...his very own treasure box.    Inside was an eye patch, tattoo, bubbles, postcard and a 50cent piece..  He was so excited.   Overall I was really impressed...I was imagining a bunch of little trinkets...but the actual treasure box was kinda cool.  Grant had a blast!









 
We grabbed some lunch and then headed back to the beach for a couple more hours.  It wasn't quite as windy, but the tide was coming in so it was a little more rough...but the boys had a blast.
 
Back to the house to get cleaned up...relax a little and then supper, once again cooked by Oompa.  Homemade crab soup, shrimp and pasta.   Down to the boardwalk for some arcade playing and ice cream.   It was a gorgeous night.   
 
Finally, we ended the night with some Euchre playing with the Vollmers (friends who rent the house next door)  We had 4 teams going and a little mini tournament....mom and I didn't fair so well. But it was fun.