Saturday, June 28, 2008

Getting Ready for the 4th of July

It's an annual tradition to have a Patriotic Party for the kids at our house the weekend before the 4th of July. We do crafts, eat good food, and play games...all the things a good party should have, right? Crafts consisted of popsicle stick flags, firework painting, windsocks, and star wands. We had Chick-fil-A nuggets, chips, and yummy kid decorated chocolate cupcakes. For games, we gave the kids their first try at sack races, a flag relay race, and an egg race. It's always hard to tell whose having more or the kids. Until next year...
Here are all the party pics.

Monday, June 23, 2008


I took this neat dragonfly picture in my yard today. Thankfully, they don't bite AND they eat mosquitos. I have 3 ornamental ponds in my yard, so I see a lot of dragonflies.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fun at the Museum

The boys and I made it to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham today like we planned. I have to share, though, that we got as far as the Durham Bulls stadium before I realized that the kids didn't have on any shoes. They forgot to grab their Crocs, and Mom forgot to remind them. Oops! Thankfully, there was a drugstore nearby with inexpensive crocalikes (red), and our little dilemna was easily fixed. No way were we turning around after driving 30 miles!

It wasn't sweltering here today. No 100 degree temps. Still, it was pretty hot. The boys and I look hot and sticky from suntan lotion in the pics. We spent about 3 1/2 hours of our 4-hour trip to the museum outside:-) There's just so much to do, and they keep adding more.

We did all the usual favorite stuff like the playground, sandbox, musical instruments, train, and butterfly house. We were lucky to go to the butterfly house at 3PM when they released the 'new' butterflies. Both the boys and I got to hold several butterflies. All the kids were so delighted to participate in this special event; it was just great.

What we also did was go way out back past the train depot to where the new Explore the Wind exhibit is. Hugh, the train conductor, was telling us how much his grandson loved sailing the sailboats and that we really should walk back there. Mom was super impressed to see a great blue heron and get cools pics, and the boys were way happy sailing the remote-controlled sailboats. Wow! Joey said we just have to go back there every time we go from now on:-)

We never didn't see the bears, wolves, or lemurs...maybe next time.

We did finally go back to the 'big' building long enough to quickly walk through the NASA stuff. But, by then, the late afternoon thunderstorms were rolling in, and it was time to head out.

Here is the link to all the pics I took yesterday. Here is a link to just the pics in the collage.


The boys and I headed out around 8:30AM yesterday morning to Wrightsville Beach. It's the closest beach to us at about 2 hours away. The forecast was for partly cloudy, 85, with strong afternoon storms. Well, by 9:30AM we were driving in the rain:-( After getting a radar check and learning that storms were all up and down the coast, we headed to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. My hope was that we'd enjoy the aquarium for a couple of hours and then come out to find a sunny day so we could still go swimming. NC Zoo members get in free, so that was sweet. Everyone thought the aquarium would be a good idea on a rainy day, so it was crowded, but not too crowded to enjoy. We ended up spending about 2 hours at the aquarium. We'd had fun there before, and the boys had a really good time this trip too. Joey made a magnet for the fridge, and we saw sharks and an ugly eel in the big tank. We also had fun at the 'touch' area.
It looked clearning but iffy when we came out. Thankfully, as we drove back through Kure beach, it got pretty sunny, and we found some free and close to the beach public access parking. The boys were so excited to get on the beach and go swimming. Both of them just could not wait to get in the water. I was trying to spread the blanket and put more lotion on us and get us ready, and they were READY. Both boys had tons of fun in the surf. Joey was quite the fish wanting to be in up to his shoulders. I had to keep reminding him not to go out too far. We watched the miniature clams (?) redigging themselves back into the sand after each wave passed. We buildt a fun style sand castle with the buckets we'd brought with us. Some other kids showed up later on and played nicely with the boys. I even got to get wet with Joey up to my waste and 'swim'. The water was pretty warm...75 maybe? I felt comfortable. 3 hours later, we said goodbye to the ocean and headed home. Thankfully, no one got burnt. I kept respraying.
The only bummer for me ended up being a dirty camera lense when I was taking the bird pictures. Oh well. In the bubble shot above, you can see me sitting with my straw hat and Joey standing beside me:-) That was my fun pic of the day.
I posted a few of the best pics, but the rest are here.
We're off to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham today. Pics later!