A quick summary of our Summer through mostly pictures and a small bit of dialogue from me...
The Very First day of summer vacation, we loaded up the car, picked E up from school and headed to Virginia.  4 hours and one speeding ticket later, we arrived in Chesapeake Bay at First Landing Campground, greeted friends, and set up camp.  The campsite was on the Bay, but we were just a short drive away from VA Beach.  The beach was crowded.  The water, take your breath away cold.  The weather, HOT.  The sunsets, Take Your Breath Away Gorgeous. We had a great weekend visiting friends and making new ones.  The kids (and adults) had a blast!  E got to sleep in a separate tent with his bud for the first time, he LOVED it!  The campground sat under tons of large live oak trees, it was awesome and made the perfect spot for hanging the hammock and relaxing the day away.  This trip marked the beginning of summer.  Fun and Perfect.
A friend in the hall is starting Kindergarten this year.  Her parents threw a nice party in their back yard.  All the kids from our hall were there (all 30 of them) then there were friends from surrounding congregations.  Everything was so organized with the help of the friends and their large family.  They had tons of fun crafts for the kids to do.  Everything was Mickey and Minnie Mouse themed, with mouse ears and everything.  They had face painting by Jamie of Jamie's Paint Boxes.  A Professional Photographer (my sis-in-law) Sarah, of Sarah Michelle Photography.  Cotton candy (somehow the hubby and I got put on cotton candy duty...it was yummy).  And freshly popped pop corn for the outdoor Disney movies that were played after dark.  It was really nice.  And a lot of fun spending time with the friends.
The kids got to meet their Great Grandmother for the FIRST time!!  My Grandmother, is 82 years old.  She is the most independent woman I've ever known.  This woman can literally do anything.  From being an amazing cook to making & sewing leather seats for her husbands newly restored hot rod.  She also has a wickedly green thumb.  She can grow anything.  Seriously, she's awesome.  She's lived in almost every single state in the US.  And when she was young, she was the spitting image of Ingrid Bergman.  My Grandfather passed away 8 years ago this August.  He was the best story teller around.  We called him Papa Bear.  She lives in a state that's a 12 hour drive from us and 500 miles away from her closest child.  She's a Regular Pioneer.  She fell and broke her hip in January and she is still pioneering.  My role model.  She flew in for a week to stay with her oldest son, my dad, and go with him to the convention.  My dad had us over to his place after the meeting so we went over for the day and went to his meeting and had dinner with the family.  The kids fell instantly in love with their great grandma!  I see a road trip in the near future!!!  I wish we lived closer to them.  When I was 7 they moved out of state and have moved farther and farther away from us over the years.  It really stunk not having them close by to get to know better and be apart of each other's lives.  When I was 5, my grandmother taught me how to cook.  She taught my sister how to sew.  We would always joke that put together, we'd make a pretty awesome house wife!  To this day, my sister doesn't cook, and I can't sew.  My sister sells her own clothing line and I...don't own my own restaurant.  But I still enjoy cooking.  My Grandmother is a pretty amazing woman and I'm thankful that my kids finally got to meet her.  I hope that they will get to enjoy many more visits with her and get to know her a lot better.  Oh and did I mention, my Grandmother owns an Iphone...and I don't.  Love you Grandma!
Story-Time and the Park with Friends.  Seriously, I KNOW I've taken more pictures than this.  I know I'll find them eventually.  But for now, this is all I've got.  deal.
A short trip to Myrtle Beach with the 2 kids and friends and almost cousins.  Short and sweet.  The water was perfect.  We went to dinner at an all you can eat crab leg bar.  I ate all I could.  The baby in my belly did not thank me.  I probably ate near 20 ibs of crab legs.  Yeah, I regretted it.  Can you believe that I've been to the beach twice this year and I didn't get burned?!  Thank you spf 80!  
And last but not least, there was a kid party thrown by some friends for all the kids in the area that were interested.  They had an awesome large water slide that I'm pretty sure X-rays would confirm whiplash for anyone who rode it.  I was bummed that I couldn't give it a go.  Perhaps next summer when there isn't a little bundle of sweet life growing in my belly!
So this sums up our summer.  (Not really) but I'm out of pictures.  It's funny how at some events I remember to pull out my camera, and other times I forget completely.  Oh well.  All in all, for only 5 1/2 weeks of summer vacation, we packed in a lot of fun events.  There's more to tell, but I have mommy brain and I'm sure you're completely burned out by this long, over stimulating post.  Tah tah for now!
7/25/2012 12:56:37 pm

If you think this is a long post, I know you must get bored when you read mine. :D Love all the pictures. I remember your great grandmother. I called on her out in service one day and she introduced herself to me. Such a beautiful smile. The kids and I got to know Stan better one summer and then he moved I think. Never really knew your Mom and Dad except in passing. So glad I know you though. So glad.


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