Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

Usually, our Memorial Day weekends are spent at the water park on opening day.  This year, we'll only be in town for a couple of weeks before leaving on the road trip.  I told the kids it wasn't worth it to buy passes right now.  So, no water park.

If we're not water-parking, I usually plan some sort of family getaway.  Between spring break in NY, the recent trip to the beach, and our upcoming road trip, I had no desire to travel.  (So not like me!)

So, we got to spend the weekend just hanging out here at home.

And it was awesome.  I am so glad that we can have fun together doing the little things.

We took the kids to see Epic at the theater. Andrew slept through the whole thing. The girls loved it.  Brandon and I liked it.  It was better than I thought it would be. 

Brandon has been itching to go to The Zone to practice his BMXing. So Andrew took him for a couple of hours while the girls and I hung out here at home.

We spent time at the park playing bocce and frisbee.  SO fun. The weather was so beautiful this weekend.  Perfect for spending time outside.  (But a little chilly for swimming. Lucky us!)

We came home and had a cook out.
(Because in NC, barbeque is a FOOD, not an activity.)

What nice roasting posture you have, Whitney.

Mmmmm....spicy black bean burgers.

But not quite as delicious as the s'mores.

Those were all the pictures I took from the weekend. But we also rented movies from the redbox. Hotel Transylvania with the kids. Les Miserables for Andrew and me.  I hadn't seen the new one.  Having it on DVD was perfect because I could skip the questionable scenes that I didn't want to watch.  It was such a great show.  We both loved it and walked around singing the songs for the next several days.

We visited two friends who were both in the hospital this weekend.  

I did lots and lots of yard work that needed desperately to be done.  It was perfect weather for working in the yard.  I got a great farmer's tan on my arms.  

We played tennis with Mac and Diane.  Andrew isn't the biggest fan of doubles, and with his injured body, we hadn't played with them in quite a while.  It was so fun! We split sets, both of them close.

Loved this whole weekend.  What a fun way to kick off summer.  Except the big kids still have two weeks of school left. I guess it was a nice sample of fun things to come.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Convention at the beach

I keep my dental hygiene license active in AZ.  It is just comforting to me to know that it's there. In order to keep it current, I have to take continuing education courses.  AZ requires 54 credits every three years.  18 credits a year, if you do some each year.  But...when you're not working, it's so easy to let time slip by. And all of a sudden it's time to renew. And I don't have enough credits. And I have to fork out big bucks for whatever classes are presented right this minute. And end up paying a $100 late fee.  All for a license I don't even use!

I was convinced that I was NOT going to slack this time.  And the easiest way to rack up the CE credits is to attend conventions.  In NC, our convention happens to be every Myrtle Beach.  Lucky us!

Last time we attended this convention was in 2009. Caroline was almost ONE, Whitney was five, and Brandon was close to turning eight.  None of them were great swimmers.  Andrew had quite an adventure with them while I was in classes.  He blogged about it here.  I was happy that I was the one sitting in a classroom and that HE was in charge of those kiddios.

We had quite the opposite experience this year.  The kids are so much more independent. Brandon and Whit are both good in the water and Caroline seems to know her limits pretty well.  Plus, we've found a better hotel to stay at that we love. So this year, I was stuck in classes all day while longing to be with my fun family out at the beach!

I did get one afternoon I should be happy for that instead of feeling completely robbed of sun and sand.  It felt so wrong to come home from three days at the beach and have my skin whiter than it was when we got there!

Caroline forgot to pack her swimsuits.
Don't think I can blame HER for that one.
Mom should have OBVIOUSLY double-checked
the four-year-old's packing job.  
Luckily, Whit was happy to share one of her suits with her lil' sis.

It makes my heart happy that these two have finally become friends.
Fingers crossed that it lasts.

 Look at all those mussels!

 Ready to hit the waves.

Yee haw!
Brandon and Whit spent quite a bit of time in the water.

Caroline was mostly content to play in the sand.
She likes to dance to the rhythm of the waves.

Or let the surf tickle her toes.

Eventually she worked up the courage and told 
her daddy that she wanted to try boogie boarding.
Go girl!
She got water up her nose on her second wave.
That was the end of it.

One evening after my classes, I talked everyone into
letting me do a little family photo shoot down on the beach.
I LOVE beach photos!

And all of that soft sand just SCREAMS for action shots!

This one cracks me up.

 Love this one.

I think this is my favorite.
I was losing light, but I love
the blurry effect it created.

Poor Andrew's back is bothering him again.
Between that and his still-recovering ACL,
not a lot of action shots of him.
This is about as action-packed as it gets:
gingerly stepping off a two-foot drop-off.

Oh, and we also had a great time
 in the hotel water parks.

Brandon particularly enjoyed stuffing Whit
in the basketball pool.

I ended up getting 18 hours of continuing ed, which is awesome.  Done for the year!  I learned all about dental implants, periodontal surgery, OSHA guidelines, and drug abuse. While it didn't necessarily make me want to go back to work, it did help me remember how much I love all things dental. If I ever do go back, I'll enjoy it. 

Next time we do the beach convention, though, I vote that we stay an extra day so I can play more!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Science Center Field Trip

Ok, so I had just taken Caroline to the zoo two days earlier, but if her preschool class is going on a field trip the science center....whatcha gonna do?  Look at more exotic animals with her.  This time with friends in tow.  Caroline has a couple of really close friends at school, so it was fun to spend a day together with them and get to know their moms a little better, too.

  She's in a big class this year!

Her two besties from school.
Neither of them will go to her elementary. Boo.
(C was having a good hair day, huh?)



 Sheep hiney

Gorgeous peacock
(that C was terrified of!)

I always love to check for the meerkat on patrol

Caroline took over the camera for a while
and got this shot of a tarantula.
Creeps me out.

Petting a flea--
exactly what all 4-year-old girls like to do.