Saturday, July 28, 2012

Planes, Cousins, and Cherry Toes

I didn't take nearly as many photos in Atlanta as I would have liked. Things were busy. We were having lots of fun with family, and the week postiviely flew by. The flights both to and from were very smooth. In fact, when we hit a short patch of turbulence on the flight home, the kids starting laughing uproariously thinking it was some sort of game, like a roller coaster ride. Ah, the bliss of childish ignorance.

As is tradition, one night we all went out to Mexican and afterwards while the adults talked, the kids put up their feet...literally.

We took the annual "cousin photo".

Quite a difference from last year's cousin shot...other than the fact that Genevie is not cooperating.

The last day we went to the pool and the kids had a great time swimming. Can I just say with regards to Genevie and fear. That girl will be swimming long before her brothers figure out how to.

After two hours in the pool, everybody returned home with sore cherry toes, thus the grimace.

Friday, July 27, 2012

First Haircut

We just got back from vacationing in Atlanta on Tuesday. One of the things I wanted to do while we were away was get Genevie's hair trimmed. It had grown so long in the past year and when wet was nearly to her rear end. The ends were scraggly and needing trimming. So I took her to a local salon near my mother-in-law's house and had the hair dresser take off about 3 inches.

Genevie's response to the whole outing was unexpected and hilarious. My normally chatty, extroverted daughter turned into the model of quiet demureness. She didn't utter a peep and only nodded or shook her head in response to the hair dresser.

At the very end after the hair dresser finished giving her Indian princess braids and beads, Genevie shot her a quick smile. Honestly, I think she was nervous and uncertain of what was going on.

In the end, however, she loved the do. Now her hair is so tidy and more manageable.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Look Who Lost a Tooth

Last Monday Davis discovered his first loose tooth (pictured above).

Tuesday he pulled it out. No waiting around months and months, letting it dangle by a thread. This kid knows how to get the job done quickly.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Beach in Pictures

We've been back from the beach for two weeks now and are gearing up for another week-long vacation -- this time in Atlanta with Trey's family. So I figured it was high time to get the beach pictures up.

Our house faced west where the Atlantic Ocean merges into the Delaware river, so we enjoyed beautiful sunsets every night.

This was our first night at the beach. The kids just couldn't wait to dip their toes in. Who needs bathing suits?

A couple of guys nearby were fishing and caught this brown shark. No worries about safety. These are the kind in the petting pool at aquariums.

On Monday it was so windy that the sand stung your legs and you couldn't see from the sand clouds on the beach, so we skipped it during the day and went to the Aviation Museum again (remember we got a membership). See me with the kids next to this F-something bad boy?




Genevie was a little freaked out by the crash dummy mannequin -- at first. That wore off and then was rather affectionate.

Well, that's settled. We simply have to get a flight simulator at our house.

Understanding airflow.

This was the view from our porch. The house was an "upside down" house, meaning the living space (kitchen, living room, dining room) was upstairs along with two of the bedrooms, and so while we ate and played and watched TV, we had lovely views of the ocean.

The upstairs terrace.

I taught the boys how to play UNO and they loved it.

Davis, believe it or not, was the wiz and won every game he played!

Our beach time was divine. The temperatures were warm without being oppressive and the water was a perfect 73 degrees for swimming. I like my ocean temp on the cooler side so it's truly refreshing. Not a bath water temp fan.

This little girl perfected her "downward facing dog" on the beach. Nothing like yoga in nature.

We had fun burying the kids in the sand.

And of course, we "discovered" another Cape-o-saurus.

We got lots of delicious seafood while on vacation, like scallops and clams and shrimp, and let's not forget fruity adult beverages.

The last night we played mini-golf.

On our last day we went out for breakfast.

Nothing better than starting a day off with bacon.

It was a wonderful vacation!