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Mattys 4th Birthday

DSC_0171YAY!!!  It’s Matty’s 4th Birthday!!!  This year Matty is really into Chuggington trains, so his big birthday present from us was a new Chuggington train set.  He loved it.  He spent the day with me and then for his birthday surprise I took him to the airport….Emma was flying in with Ms. Kelly to celebrate the weekend with him.  They were so happy to see each other that it brought tears to both mine and Kelly’s eyes…  Love them so.  Happy Birthday Baby!

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Boating and Tubing on the Intercoastal

Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to be able to fully express the love and gratitude that one has for beautiful friends…

As I am currently unable to do much of anything, Kelly and Brian decided that they were not going to let this situation get everyone down.  Today, they packed up all the kids and took them out for a boat ride and lunch at Rotten Ralph’s .  They said that the weather was beautiful, the morning water was calm, and they even saw dolphins.  The boys had a wonderful time tubing and driving the boat.  We heard that Davy made the 25 mile an hour club and rode on the tube 5 or 6 times.  Love my brave boy. 

Thanks again Brian and Kelly… 🙂

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Before Breakfast Beach Walk

The Weather Channel predicted that the percentage of rain today was going to be 70%, so when we woke up and saw the sun shining in through the bedroom windows we took advantage of the good weather and headed for the beach.  Forget the breakfast and forget the coffee…throw on those bathing suits and let’s go!!!  They would need to get their wiggles out at some point, so we figured now was as good as time as any to start.  We parked at the Rod n Reel pier and took the walkway over to Bean Point. 

Yesterday, this couple went walking by us with their hands loaded down with big shells, so we asked them where they found them and they said further down the beach where the currents hit the shore.  We were certain that we were going to find the most beautiful shells, and of course we didn’t find one.  We walked from one side of the island to the other…and nothing.

We had a wonderful morning and left the beach thoroughly exhausted… By the time we got back to the house the kids were ready for breakfast, and we were ready for coffee!

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Trix Crispy Treats

Yum Yum Yum!!!!  Kelly and I found this recipe on Pinterest and since we happened to have the three ingredients lying around, we thought, “Why not??!!  The kids will love them…”

Trix Crispy Treats

  • 4 Tbl Butter
  • 1 package of small marshmallows
  • 10 cups of cereal ( 1 whole box)

Melt butter in a large pot.  Add marshmallows and melt.  Add cereal and coat with melted marshmallows.  Place mix in a large 9×11 dish and let cool.  Cut and serve!

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Swimming With The Dolphins

Our bedrooms are on the east side of the house and at 6:51 am I hear, “Mommy, it’s morning…can we go to the beach now?” Gotta love little Matty bear.  Of course my answer was, “Matty, mommy is sleeping…not yet and go away.” 🙂  At 8am we fixed breakfast and at 9am we headed to the beach.  The weather was beautiful and the water was calm.  Paradise.  Immediately after we set up the beach chairs and toys Colin says, “Look mom a dolphin!”  We grab our cameras and start scanning the horizon.  Sure enough there was a dolphin family, including a little baby dolphin.  The kids loved chasing after them in the water and it was so fun to watch their faces as they all got to swim with the dolphins.

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AMI Move In Day

Beach Day has finally arrived!!!  After months of planning and waiting….the wait is over.  Kelly and the kids came in late Friday night from Virginia, so the last bit of packing Saturday morning was a piece of cake and we were off for the 3pm check in.  The first year that we went to the beach we stayed for a week; we didn’t really even begin to relax until day five or so and then it was time to pack up and go home.  Last year, we decided on two weeks, but at the end we were so sad to leave that we pushed this year to three.  Three whole weeks of fun in the sun and sand in the toes…

This is the house…318 Iris.  It is a four bedroom with a pool on the canal… and we love it!

 

 

Papa Bear helped us bring down some of the bigger items in the back of his truck.

 

Molly and the Hermit Crabs made the trip.  Lucy will be here next weekend.

 

The dock leading out to the canal…

 

There are two lime trees in the back yard and both of them are covered with fruit!  Hmmm. Limeaids, Cornonas, Mojitos, Margaritas, the possibilities are endless…

 

 

There was an afternoon storm that the boys sat outside to watch and afterwards there was the most beautiful double rainbow…

 

We moved one bed so the three older boys could share a room… 

It’s gonna be a great three weeks…  🙂

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4th of July in Washington DC 2012

Happy Birthday America!  Being so close to Washington DC, we had to take the kids in to celebrate with the Nation’s Capital.  We started our day with a red white and blue breakfast, blueberry pancakes with strawberries and bananas and then we loaded them into the car and headed for Springfield to take the train in.

Every little kid loves to take the train.

We got off at the Smithsonian stop and headed over to the mall to camp out our spot for the fireworks before the crowds came in.  We parked our blankets on the hill, right under the National Monument facing the reflecting pool and the Lincoln Memorial.

It was really hot again today, pushing 100 and the heat index was said to be 105, so to cool off the boys we took them down to the WWII memorial fountain to put their feet in.

All throughout the mall there were water fountains, established and brought in, as well as hoses for the kids to spray themselves down.

Another fun find were the air vents…

On our way to lunch we stopped by the White House for the classic out front photo.  Davy was so sweet,when I told him we were going to see the White House he says, “Will we get to see President Obama???”  If only it were that easy… 🙂

We saw this hanging off of the side of a building, I thought that it was nice.

Ahhhh, an air-conditioned lunch… 🙂

Cucumber gin and tonic with some of the best macaroni and cheese ever…  Yum!

Street vendors were lined up everywhere selling water, ice pops, and fruit!

Fat suits, according to the boys…

The Marine Corps jazz band started playing at 6 and entertained us throughout the evening.  Right before 9 o’clock, 850,000 people sang the “Star Spangled Banner” together and then did a countdown from 10 to 1…  The beautiful fireworks shot off into the night…

After the fireworks were over, Davy turns to me and says, “Well that’s something you don’t see everyday!”  Love him!

Little Matty didn’t quite make it back to the train.  Although we were all hot, dirty, and tired…we finally made it home.  This was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to do it again!

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