Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Grateful

This is the view from my home office (aka dining room)...


Believe me...I know how lucky I am that I can work from home and be a stay-at-home Mom. I remember all too well what it was like having to leave for work on a beautiful summer morning and leaving two little ones home with a sitter. Not fun.

I count my blessings every day.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cub Scout camp

About two years ago, Nicholas came home from school waving a flyer in my face. It showed a picture of a young boy doing archery at Cub Scout camp. This was all he talked about for months. So finally, two years later, he had his chance. He got to spend the whole week doing all kinds of fun boy things...


Friday was family day.



We watched the boys use BB guns. (Julia got to try too.)



They went on nature walks, rode bikes, swam, used paddle boats and row boats. They ran races and played kick ball.


Nicholas is very lucky to have such a wonderful and devoted Dad who took the whole week off from work to spend time with him at this camp.


They learned a lot this week...



The best part of the day for me was trying to leave the parking lot after closing ceremonies. There was this guy, rather large guy, in a cub scouts T-shirt with a whistle around his neck. He was yelling at all the parents trying to leave the parking lot before the buses did. All I could think of was the guy who played the security guard at Wally World in National Lampoon's Vacation.

"Sorry folks...parks closed!"

I laughed until my face hurt last night just thinking about it...




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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Rest and Rockets

The rest of our vacation was good...although it rained on Wednesday. But we were prepared with lots of coloring books, crayons, stuffed friends, board games, computer games, video games and movies.










We went to see a kids movie and played miniature golf too. Needless to say, I don't think any of us will be professional golfers when we grow up.








Goodbye to our tiny little Cape house...we won't be seeing you again...


The following morning after our trip, Nicholas had a rocket launch with the Cub Scouts...it was lots of fun!

He's on the right. They built their own rockets and then launched them on this cool contraption...


Counting down...


Cub Scouts is a fabulous activity for young boys...we highly recommend it.



Below are some videos of Nicholas launching his rockets. He was actually able to catch the first one he launched.

The third video is of his leader's rocket. The thing was HUGE and went so high I couldn't even see it.


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Cape Vacation Day 3

What a beautiful day it was today...just a picture perfect beach day.






After the beach, we had clams and other fattening fried food for dinner. Yummm....

Then it was off to this place...candy heaven!



I haven't seen some of this candy in years. When I was a little girl, Friday nights I would go grocery shopping with my Mom & Dad and when we were done they would let me get a treat at the check out counter. I would always pick one of these....

Here's what they got...
another one of my favorites when I was little...

Just look at this place!!!



After our candy fix, we took the kiddies to jump on some trampelines to help burn off all that sugar.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cape Vacation Day 2

Looks like we're going to have really nice weather this week for our vacation. When we arrived yesterday afternoon there were downpours. But we were getting settled in the house so it really didn't matter.

The house...well...for starters we were told there was a washer/dryer. Guess what...surprise!! No washer/dryer!!! I literally had a break down. The realtor had all kinds of excuses and is giving us $175 back. Shame on them and shame on the owners for false advertising. We never would have booked this place had we known. Guess we'll be spending time at the Laundromat this week. We purposely packed light thinking we could wash our towels and clothes.

But on to better things...like the beach. It was a gorgeous beach day this afternoon. The kids had lots of fun. The beach we go to here has a playground and snack bar. Two very important things when you're 8, 7 and 5.












Nicholas got really dizzy on this chair and literally fell face first into the sand. It was very funny. See the video at the end of this post and you'll see how dizzy the kids got on this thing...

Our house is...very tiny...but the one great thing is it has central air (which we're going to really need this week), a cool fire pit in the backyard, a swing set for the kids to fight over and a hammock to push each other off of. Did I mention the fighting??? Ugh. They've been torturing us with the fighting. One minute they're fine, the next, not so much.




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