Friday, July 19, 2013

Flashback Friday

Recently I was looking for a specific picture, and of course I couldn’t help myself.  I had to go through lots and lots of them.

It’s a weakness; as soon as I see pictures of my little boys I am powerless to stop.




Guess who is visiting Greenville right now?

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rocket Pop

For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of the Rocket Pop.    Other popsicles are ok, but the only one I really like is the Rocket Pop. { For some reason I just realized that they are called Bomb Pops, but for me, they will always be Rocket Pops.}


I’ve started brainwashing the boys recently.  I’ve even got them singing the song.

You didn’t know there was a song about Rocket Pops?

It goes to the tune of “Rocky Top”…  The actual words after Rocket Pop are open to individual tastes.

Rocket Pop you’ll always be cold sweet cold to me!!!  Good old Rocket Pop, Rocket Pop in my teeth!

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What the Heck? Wednesday

It has been too long since I had a What the Heck? Wednesday!  The boys have been home and I have no time to blog.  What can I say?  I hope you’ll both forgive me!

So I had to get this one in before we head to SC.  Who came up with this name? 


It looks like it could be in South Carolina, but it is, in fact, in The Bahamas.  We will be in South Carolina very soon, though.  It made me think of one of my all time favorite names of a town in South Carolina! SCSUGtit_harrelson

Before you think something unsavory happens there, rest assured.  It got the name because the cows there gave the sweetest milk in the area.

Yep we are heading to the place I will always consider home: South Carolina!  Actually by the time you read this we may be in the air.  {Don’t think about breaking into our house though because my NRA member, expert marksman husband is saying home}.

I am bringing the ipad, and I’m pretty sure I can’t blog from the ipad, so you’ll have to forgive my absence.  If you just can’t do without us, please follow along on Instagram!

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Bunch of Stuff

We have had the most boring week in the history of time.  Allen was in Chicago.  The boys were home on summer vacation. 

I made big plans to have “Beach Week”.  It was going to be great and we were going to a different beach every day.  They were going to have a great time, we build fantastic memories and dinner would magically make itself and life would be easy!

Except it didn’t happen.  On Sunday evening, Miller told me he could hear bubbles in his ears.  Boo!

Monday afternoon he still had “bubbles” in his ears, so I called and made an appointment with the doctor. 

He gave Miller a quick once over and said that Miller didn’t have an ear infection, but had distortion in his middle ear.  All his congestion was just sitting in his head.  No swimming for 5 days!


We got some prescription nasal spray and stayed home for the next 4 days.  Don’t be jealous! Right now it is too hot to be outside unless you’re in the water.  So if you take swimming out of the equation, it gets very boring, very fast.


We watched movies, played board games, played Beyblades, made a Lego Police station, did some arts and crafts and played on the ipad.


We may not have accomplished anything, but we were right where we needed to be.  I try to remember that the boys need plenty of unscheduled time to learn how to be best friends.  As much as they love playing with their friends and going and doing fun things they also need plenty of time, to just play, use their imaginations and figure out what they need to do to entertain themselves.

That’s even better than a week at the beach!

Let’s Dance

The boys have been really into Let’s Dance on the Wii.  When their friends were over I took this video.  They are going to kill me when they’re 16!  However, it is too cute not to post!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sea School

We were out on our dock recently when we saw a sea urchin that was close enough for me to get.  I didn’t want to kill it, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to let the boys check it out up close and personal.
So I grabbed a pair of metal tongs and a container and popped him off of the pillar.
I love that we are able to do these things and I hope they boys will remember some of the things we do here.
We saw that when the sea urchin is submerged it has little white suction cups that come out in between its spikes.  Cool!NIK_3162
I also had to include pictures of Jackson being goofy.  I just love the color of his eyes.  So rich!
It's tough to see, but there are also these clear-ish long tentacles that come off of the urchin too.  They are almost like hairs that you can barely see on the left side of this picture.NIK_3168NIK_3169
Miller wasn’t feeling well, but I did manage to get him to check out the sea urchin for a minute.NIK_3184
Then daddy came home from work and he checked it out too.
They turned him over to look at the sea urchin’s mouth.
Apparently Sea Urchin {uni} is a popular dish in Asia.  I’ll take their word for it!
Then it was time to put him back in the water.  Jackson would not allow me to help him.
He gently put him in the water.  This picture cracks me up because he was wearing shoes.  He never wears shoes and when he needs to be barefoot, he has on shoes!?! And socks!NIK_3199
Since I was barefoot, I took him a little deeper in the water.
The the 10 seconds or so that it took me to walk back around to the dock, that sea urchin moved quickly.  He was making himself disappear, and quick!NIK_3206
Then look what appeared in the algae on the other side of the dock…
How could I not catch him.  Raise your hand if you had a shirt that said, “I Caught Crabs at Bay Bridge Marina”.
Yes, I did!  When I was little, too.  My dad owned a marina and that’s what the shirts said. 
Wish I had one of those shirts now!
Allen helped us get crabby into the container that was very recently occupied by the sea urchin.
His colors were amazing.NIK_3227
I think I see a painting coming soon!NIK_3236
Any time our hands got near the side of the container, he let us know he was ready to fight!
I don’t blame him, but we gave him some small pieces of hot dogs as a gesture of goodwill and he acted as though he didn’t want it.  RUDE!
Meanwhile Miller wrapped himself in the tablecloth, snuggled up on my lap and went to sleep.  Bless him, he had a fever.
We put the crab back in the water and put he boys to bed.  I hope they had sweet dreams of adventures in the sea!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Good News! Bad News

The good news is that it looks like Chantal is taking her party elsewhere! 


Thank goodness!  We will likely get wind and rain, but we are used to that.

The bad news is that it also looks like it is going to be heading to SC as a Tropical Depression.  Too bad the folks in SC don’t need any more rain right now.


We will be heading to SC next week and are looking forward to having fun with our friends and family there!  We have a bad track record of bringing weather with us whenever we go to SC, so I am sure I will have to shoulder the blame for the record rainfall that will hit the area!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dolphin Encounters Camp

Last week the boys had the opportunity to go the day camp at Dolphin Encounters.  Most of their friends were there for the full week, but I just wasn’t ready.  They were ready, but I wasn’t!  It’s just that Miller is just 4 and being on another island might be too much—for me.  So one day was enough!

I decided to tag along, you know so I could be there if my baby almost 5 year old needed his mama.  {You can go to Dolphin Encounters as an observer and pay a small fee.}  Several other moms happened to be going that day as well, so it was nice to have some friends go too!


It was a good thing that friends went along too because as soon as we got off the boat, we were told to go to the left and the campers went to the right.  Oh, OK!  I just assumed that I would be able to kind of hang around too.  Nope!  The staff is there to provide a fun and safe environment for the kids and parents aren’t part of that.  I get it, but what if the baby needs his mama?


We were on the other side of the island from the campers.  So I had to sit on the beach and read a magazine.  Cue the Annie song, “It’s a Hard Knock Life”!

After a while some of the other moms and I went on a little exploring walk.  First we came across these guys.



Then we came across these guys.



Then we came across these guys…



And then we were asked to leave.  Their job is to keep the kids safe and busy, but we didn’t think that meant safe from us.  Apparently it did.  So we had to go be tourists again!

The kids got to go to the Bounce Zone, which is a park of bounce houses!  Awesome!!


Then they went to the Aqua Park, which is kind of like Wipeout.  My boys were in heaven!!



After lunch it was time for their Dolphin Encounter.  We were able to observe from the platform {which was very nice of them}.  The kids got to pet, hug, dance, feed and feel the dolphins teeth.  It was so cool!DE5DE6DE7DE8DE9DE11DE13DE14DE15


The boys had a fantastic day, I had a fantastic day and I’m so happy that they we did it.


Next year I think that the boys are old enough to go by themselves.  But I may need to go again, you know, just in case!!