Graham Turns 7

My little LEGO fanatic turned 7 on June 15.  We are normally away at the beach, but were actually around, so we decided to have a little house party for some of his school friends.  Of course, he wanted a LEGO theme.  I got a LEGO block mold from ebay and we made LEGO soaps, crayons, and chocolates.  We had several LEGO building contests including highest tower, minifigs, and most creative use of blocks.  The kids all had fun and Graham loved being surrounded by his friends, cousins and LEGOs on his birthday!

We ended up having Graham’s birthday on Father’s Day, so we combined it with some Father’s Day festivities as well.

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LEAF Spring 2011

 

 

Another spring, another LEAF to enjoy!   We had another wonderful LEAF experience and were thrilled to bring along 5 new LEAF recruits- Kelly, John & Oscar and Sarah & Josh.  I think they were all converts after the weekend.  I was super worried about the weather this year because the forecast was for rain, rain, and more rain.  What happened was the total opposite.  It was some of the best LEAF weather we had ever experienced!

Graham expanded his kid’s market line this year to include LEGO earrings.  As a LEGO fanatic, it was the perfect choice for an addition to his wares.  His uncle Chris sent us a bunch of extra LEGO pieces to work with and he and Holly stopped in on their way back from Asheville to help us get some earrings made.  They turned out looked way better than I expected and were a huge hit at LEAF.  Graham sold out of almost all of his earrings.

Graham and Surae had a blast at the festival as always and we tried some new things this year like the rock climbing wall and the trampoline.  The kids loved doing that!

 

 

Urban Farm Tour

Greenville started this super event this year called the Urban Farm Tour where people received maps of where to go to see urban farming at its best.

There was everything from herb gardens to chicken coops to honeybees along the way.  It was a great event and I loved seeing what other people were doing in the community.   My friend Michael and his daughter Sadie came along with Surae and I.  The girls loved seeing all the animals especially the baby chicks.  I wish it had been an extra day because there was so much to see and we only made it to about 6 of the houses.  Greenville sure is stepping up their game!

Easter 2011

I know posting about Easter when it’s almost July??  Pretty slack!!  We’ve just been so busy this spring and into the beginning of summer.  Busy with fun stuff, but busy.

We once again went camping for Easter this year which is a tradition I hope we will continue.  The kids think it is so cool that the Easter Bunny comes to the campground and it’s usually nice enough out for our first camping trip of the year.

We went to Oconee State Park again this year.  They have an enormous Easter Egg Hunt, so it’s a good choice for Easter camping.  Surae actually got pretty sick this year at Easter and ran a little fever.  Pop Pop brought his camper too and Surae stayed with him one day while Michael, Graham, and I went on a hike to a nearby waterfall.

The Easter Bunny arrived on time and left fun treats inside the camper and hid Easter eggs all over our campsite.

Mice on Main

For all the times the family has been downtown and spotted the little bronze mice, we have never tried to find all the mice in one day.  On a recently beautiful spring day, I decided it would be fun to try.  We started out at the Blueberry Frog to fuel up on some yogurt, then set out on our way. Based on the book Goodnight Moon, a bronzed sculpture of the book and one mouse are mounted on the fountain in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel and the other eight mice are installed along a nine-block stretch of Main Street between the Hyatt & the Westin Poinsett hotels.   This was a school project idea by a local high school student, Jim Ryan, who wanted to do something good for the community so that people would feel they are in a special place.  It was fun to go on the mouse hunt and we found all 9 with no problems!

Western North Carolina Nature Center

With our Greenville Zoo membership, we also get into other zoos around the country for free or half off.  It makes a good deal even better!  Since the kids and I had off for President’s Day, we all decided to check out the Western NC Nature Center in Asheville.   The Nature Center has a lot of rescued animals there such as owls, wolves, and coyotes.  All of the animals there are native to the region.  It’s a really beautiful setting with very natural environments for all the animals.  We had a great time and got to go to Salsa’s afterwards for lunch. Yum!

January Snow

It’s now March and the weather seems like it’s leaning towards Spring, but it’s always possible to get that weird late snow in South Carolina.  We had the best snow in ages back in January here.  It took us out of school for an entire week which the kids loved of course.  Usually when we get winter weather, it mainly consists of ice, but we had more than enough snow to play in this time.  The park provided some great sledding hills and the kids had a blast!

Christmas Day!

Christmas Day was so much fun!  The kids were ecstatic of course and the snowfall on Christmas was so beautiful and such a rare treat.

I mean, how can you not feel the enthusiasm from this picture??

 

Graham’s biggest request this year was for a spy net video watch and Santa must have listened.  He also wanted the Lego Death Star, but at $600, it was way out of Santa’s budget!

 

Surae didn’t have any major requests, but Santa thought she might like a camera since she is always stealing her mommy’s and he was right.  She took about 200 pictures Christmas day, none of which were in focus, but she’s getting a lot of practice!

 

Although Graham didn’t get the Death Star, he did get a lot of cool Lego sets.  He spent the majority of the day huddled over building Lego’s with his Uncle Chris, also a Lego fanatic.

 

Graham also wanted a skateboard and Nana and Poppy delivered on that.  He is one lucky boy!

 

When Graham was not dominating Uncle Chris’s attention with Lego’s, Surae got in some fun with him too.

 

My dad was kind enough to give the family an Xbox Kinect.  It is so futuristic and cool, plus really great exercise.  Thanks Dad!!

 

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful family.  It was a great Christmas!

Hollywild

Hollywild puts on quite the holiday lights extravaganza each year.  There are not only lights though, but wandering zebra, deer, cows and various other animals wandering around for you to feed from your car.  It’s quite the sight!  It was a super, super cold night when we went, but the kids loved it.

 

Pre-Christmas Fun!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year.  The kids were so insanely excited, especially Graham.  He was about to leap out of his skin from pure anticipation.  It was really magical to see.

The Hyatt has a really wonderful “Festival of Trees” each year that we’ve started making an annual visit to.  The trees are gorgeous!

Surae was part of her school’s Christmas program.  She was the star!  How fitting.

Santa and Mrs. Claus made a visit to the Greenville County Art Museum.  They are serious art collectors from what I understand.

Graham and Surae did a great job making a gingerbread house!

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