Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
We arrived late Thursday night/ early Friday morning. Friday we decided to go to a water park and had a marvelous time. The weather on Friday was just perfect. Joshua loved going down the little slide in the kiddie pool. They also had a lazy river that we all got in and it was so relaxing that Joshua fell asleep in my lap. Ellie rode in her own inter tube like a big girl. Ellie loved being the oldest kid as she tried to be the little mommy to the twins, Natalie, and Joshua. She was constantly watching over them, trying to help feed them, and always wanting to be with them.
Saturday we went to the beach and Ellie and Joshua got to play in the sand for the first time. Ellie stuck her foot in the ocean but it was was to cold for any of us to get in, plus it was overcast and windy. I was very shocked at how chilly it was but in all we had a great time. We built a sand castle with a moat and Mike dug a really deep hole that ended up becoming a sand slide for the girls.
On Sunday we walked on the boardwalk in Ocean City and took Ellie to see the Kite Loft and then she got to ride the Ferris wheel. After we left the board walk Mike wanted to got to one of the go cart tracks. The one we went to was really big and even had a track for the little ones so Ellie got to drive her own go cart. It was kinda scary as it made me realize that before I know it she will be driving a real car.....ahhhhh not ready for that one.
We had a really good time and all in all the children were excellent. Thanks again to the Millers for a wonderful time at the beach!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I think this is the first year that we have had the feast that we didn't have anyone that was pregnant. It made our list of possible activities a little broader as we didn't have to think about pregnancy restrictions. So with that in mind I wanted to do things a little different this year trying to keep it fun. After we finished eating crabs we got out some water balloons and had a good old fashioned water balloon battle. It was great to forget about everything and just have fun and I think we accomplished that on Saturday night.
On Monday I pulled out our little blow up pool and Ellie and Joshua got in to play. Ellie loves the water, though she doesn't like it getting in her eyes. Joshua is still on the fence as to whether or not he like the pool water. He loves bath time but not sure that playing in the cooler water of the pool is great fun. I have a video but am having technical difficulties right at the moment so it will have to wait.
July is a great time to have a birthday and we will be celebrating among other birthday's two very special ones, Joshua and Zach my cousins son will be celebrating their first birthday's. It is so hard to believe that it has been a year since Joshua was born.
This weekend we will be celebrating the holiday at the beach with our good friends the Miller's and Sandbek's. This will be Ellie and Joshua's first time to the beach so it should be an exciting weekend. Yesterday Ellie was telling someone that she was going to the beach and she was excited because it had a big swimming pool there, oh to see life through a childs eyes, hehe. Hopefully it will be as fun and exciting as we are hoping and the weather will be great that we can enjoy our time there. Hopefully we will get some good pictures and post them.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
We were going to set the tent up on their site but it was to small so we ended up getting another site. For those that have went camping with us before I think we have found a good site that is just as good if not better than the one we have always stayed in before. We really put it to the test too on Friday. We got everything set up and we finally making our way up to the swimming pool when it started to down pour and I mean down pour. We even had hail the size of marbles.
Side note one good thing about Mike always buying the best and not cutting corners is that when we got back to our tent everything inside was completely dry. If it had been a cheap tent everything inside would have be soaked, no doubt about it as hard as it was raining.
Anyway the site even drained well and wasn't a mud pit amazingly enough. It is pretty big and private with shade for most of the day and to boot it isn't any farther from the bath house than our other site.
Well by the time that if finally stopped raining it was to chilly to go swimming so we went back to my parents camper and spent the rest of the evening with them. We ended up playing a card game and my mom and I whipped up on Mike and my dad, which is very unusual, but a lot of fun.
On Saturday my sister and her family came up to the campground to have the birthday party. But first we had to try out the swimming pool as Ellie and now Ethan and Emma all wanted to get in the pool. Of course just as we are getting ready to go up to the pool Joshua fell asleep but would eventually wake up before we all got out of the pool. The pool was still very chilly but we just went to the deep end and jumped in and then it wasn't quite so bad. I will give the kids credit they stayed in the pool for a very long time even though it was so cold. Joshua did finally wake up and got to get in the pool for the first time. He wasn't so keen on it at first and I think most of that was because it was so cold but after a little bit he was trying to splash the water and seemed to be enjoying the experience. Ellie and Emma played well and enjoyed playing in the kidde end of the pool with all the swim toys that we brought.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Once we had everything packed up we headed over to my parents house to drop off the kids. Indeed this was a kid-free weekend which was more difficult for Melissa I believe then me or the kids as it was the first time we let Joshua spend the night away from us for more than one night. I am happy to say though that both kids did fine and seem to have had no ill side effects. =)
After the trauma of separation we headed over to our friends Mike & Shanna's house and they followed us up to the Battlefield Campground. It was also the first time ever that we were able to get there at check-in time (3pm). It was awesome, we had plenty of time and daylight to get the campsite all setup and still was able to fire up some dinner at a normal time.
On Day 2 we were going to go play some tennis in the morning, but it started raining on us. Fortunately we knew it was coming and practically had everything that we didn't want to get wet packed away in the cars. Instead of tennis we decided to head off into town and check out some of the local shops. We went to the fudge shop (of course) and after a few more stops decided to do one of the group Old Time Civil war photos. I dressed up as a Confederate general and my friend Mike was a Union general while the ladies were sporting the fancy dresses of the time period. The picture turned out great... I will try to remember to scan it in and post it up. After an enjoyable lunch in the Dobbin House the rain was over with and we were still able to go to the courts and get our tennis on. By the end of the that we were all drained and headed back to camp site to make some Chicken Chili from a recipe provided by Smack and relax by the camp fire. I also am pleased to say that the Chili turned out awesome.
On Day 3 we played some volleyball in the morning and then decided to go on one of the Battlefield tours as my friends wife had never been. When we got there we were shocked to see the prices had hiked up to $24 bucks a person. So instead we bought one of the Audio Tour CD's and did our own thing. I actually think I liked that better because we got to stop when we wanted and spend as much time at each spot as we liked. This was the first time we went to Gettysburg since I got the Canon as well. Once I dump the pictures onto the computer I will post up some of the good ones. After the battlefield tour we headed back to the campsite and packed up. On the way home we stopped one last time and ate at the Farnsworth House.
I think that pretty much sums it up. Overall I had a good time and can't wait to head up again. We should all pick a weekend and head up to Thurmont. That campsite we had when we went with Kevin and Lauren a couple years back was entirely in the woods. I would have to believe it stays relatively cool there even when it gets super hot.