Wednesday, July 30, 2008

One last Wednesday swim

Our friend Carrie is so gracious to let us all come over and swim on Wednesdays. All summer long we have been enjoying this treat. Today was great because everyone could be there. Even Heidi came out with Aiden. We stayted so late, we had to order pizzas for dinner!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Five Years Ago today...

We arrived in Tennessee. Spent the night in Knoxville before heading out the next morning for Memphis. All of our belongings in a Budget Rental truck. Crazy.

Friday, July 25, 2008

I am SO excited!

This is coming to the corner of Germantown and Trinity (the old Buckley's and I think a Kobe Japanese steakhouse before that...gosh, I have been here awhile!). Cinnamon crunch bagel, here I come!!!

The last swim lesson

We had our last swim lesson with Helen and Miss Hayley today.

I really didn't think Ryan would make this much progress by the end of the summer. I was just happy he was swimming independently with his life vest. But now look:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Children's Museum of Memphis

We had a play date at The Children's Museum of Memphis with Ryan's friends Mason, Sean, Parker and his sister Lila. It was our first time at the museum and there was a lot to do there!

There is part of a FedEx plane in there with lots of buttons to push.

Mason and Ryan worked together to pack the packages.

Then they fished.

Ryan and Parker climbed up through the skyscraper.

And all the kids went shopping (this was my favorite part!).

They could scan all the groceries to check out and get a real receipt.

We made a paper airplane and Ryan flew it using this cool machine to shoot it off.

All in all a fun experience we will have to try again!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Somehow feels wrong...

I grew up in a house with well water and although we had a pool, we never ran sprinklers, slip and slides or anything like that. Now when you are a kid, you feel like your parents are just being mean (love you Dad!), but as a grown up who pays a water bill and cares about the environment, I get it.

So when we played with our new slip and slide with friends yesterday, despite the refreshing cool in the 90+ degree heat, there was something that felt a little wrong with it!

Friday, July 18, 2008

5 Shots!

After telling Ryan there would be no shots for his 4th birthday check up, the doctor said it was good to go ahead and get the 5 year shots (needed for school) over with now. After much discussion and a promise that other than flu shots, there'd be no more shots until he was 11, Ryan agreed. Screamed and cried (so did Mommy), but got them over with.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Legos and Imagination Movers

We got some fun birthday presents in the mail this week. Aunt Katy sent a bunch of fun music (Dan Zanes, They Might Be Giants-a favorite of Mommy's from back in the day, BTW- and Imagination Movers). All are showcased on Playhouse Disney- Disney TV's morning kid's programming- but they're all real fun to listen to.

So Ryan and I were tapping our feet and dancing to the Imagination Movers while we played with his second gift- Legos from Aunt Cory, Uncle John, and Noah.

This is our first lego set and I was so impressed with what he could do with these! I'd give him the pieces and he'd follow the plans to build something- a car, a house, a helicopter. And when it broke or didn't work, he calmly tried to fix it or brought it to me. I thought for sure he'd be throwing it down in frustration, but he did it! Here's to fine motor skills and patience! Woo Hoo!

And thanks Aunt Katy, Aunt Cory, Uncle John, and Noah (formal notes are on their way!).

Swimming Playdate

We went to Helen's house today to swim with Helen, Mason, and Kate. Very fun.

Ryan and the girls:

Ryan and Mason:

We're going to do swimming lessons again next week.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Colored Water

I got some freebies from Crayola to try and it included bath tablets that turn the water colors. It kind of dissolves like Easter Egg Dye in the water. Ryan has been eager to take a bath to try them out. Might have to buy some more (or some for gifts...these have potential!).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Camo Pirate

We found something he likes playing dress up in:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Birthday Boy!

Today my baby turns 4. Wow. It does pass quickly. And it's so amazing to watch him grow and learn. Here's some shots from celebrating his birthday at Nanny's and at the beach:

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Pit Stop in Charlotte

To make the long journey home from vacation more fun, we spent our first evening in Charlotte with my parents. It was only 4 hours there from Holden Beach, but by that time I was tired (maybe all the excitement from the week of vacation catching up to me!). So mom and dad agreed to take Ryan out while Scott and I stayed at their house and took a nap.
First stop, an arcade:
Then on to a park near the Charlotte airport where you could watch the planes come in:

And it turns out, there was an airplane museum close by:

Then we all went out for Mexican for dinner. Thanks mom & dad!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Last Day in Holden Beach

The last day was the best, most action packed day! Started (again) with fishing (where more hermit crabs were caught). Followed by some beach time (where Uncle Scott finally got buried).

We had a dinner of leftovers (trying to empty the refrigerators before we leave tomorrow). Then, we were attacked by pirates with a treasure map in a bottle!

The birthday boy followed the map (with a little help from his pirate cousins) and dug up the treasure.

And, of course, once pirate costumes have been brought out, everyone gets in on it.

Back off the beach, we had cake and ice cream to celebrate Ryan, GG, and Gene's birthdays.

But there's more! We all went out to check out a special spot Rachel and Cheryl had found earlier that day on a bike ride. A short boardwalk led to a wetlands path, led to a pier on the intracostal waterway. We got some great pictures in the setting sun, and the boys caught the most fish of the whole week using shrimp as bait.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Holden Beach: Day 6

More fishing. This one was memorable because Matt caught a little shark!

Ryan got in on the golf today, hitting balls at the range with Daddy, Grandad, Grammy, Uncle Mike and Matt.

Then it was back to the beach. Today, I got Ryan to ride a raft! I have fond memories of doing this with my dad as a kid, so it was delightful to get him riding one.

The girls wanted turns too, and we soon found that all three of them could ride together! Finally, something they wouldn't fight over!

Later that evening was our second themed dinner: Memphis night. After a meal of pulled pork, ribs (which my FIL so nicely said were better than those he'd had two weeks before with us at Germantown Commissary), beans, and slaw, we were lucky enough to have Elvis join us!

And, of course, when one person dresses up like Elvis, everybody wants to dress up like Elvis.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Holden Beach: Day 5

More fishing this morning. Scott and Ryan met a nice couple at the pier. They told them the pelican who'd be hanging around waiting for hand outs was named "Gus."

Since he now had a name, Ryan was more comfortable tossing the little fish we caught to him.

We also found a hermit crab in a crab trap. He was about 3 inches across.

The Sprouse's went to see other family at a beach farther south, so the rest of us went to explore. We headed up to Southport to have lunch at a restaurant my dad recommended.

We ordered more shrimp and some pizzas that evening and went out to the beach for a late dip. It had gotten very windy, but the kids still had fun in the water.

Scott found this big whelk shell in the ocean. We all thought he was pulling one over on one ever finds shells like that in the ocean, but he did!