Goodbye Summer 2010

Well, summer has almost flown by.  Our smaller, more portable camera broke a few months back, so we’ve been relatively pictureless, but we have managed to take a few, some with just my cell phone.  We’ve all had a busy, but fantastic summer!  Graham is now back in school and just started first grade and Surae is getting ready to start 3 year old kindergarten!

Graham, Surae, and I joined Otter Creek Water Park this summer which we all loved.  Going to the pool several times a week was so much fun and Graham was able to learn how to swim.  He loves to swim underwater the most.  Surae is getting much more comfortable with the water too and I think by next summer, she’ll be swimming right beside him.

Graham and Surae have spent lots of time with their grandparents this summer which they both have loved and Michael and I have greatly appreciated!  Thanks Grands!!!

They took a trip with their Nana and Poppy to the beach and stayed at Pirateland in their camper.  They had a great time!  They were able to swim lots, go to the beach, and to the Imax theater.  Fun!

All that fun in the sun certainly wore them out!

Surae spent lots of time camping with her Pop Pop and Roni this summer too.  That girl loves her Pop Pop!!

Graham has also continued his obsession with Legos.  His little word really revolves around them:  buying them, putting them together, taking them back apart and doing it all over again, drooling over the ones he doesn’t have, watching reviews of  Legos on the computer… The boy is in love with Legos!!  I decided one day this summer to take him to Charlotte to the Lego Store as a surprise.  He loved it.  He was even able to participate in a Lego building competition and take home a mini fig.  That was the ultimate in cool for my little Lego freak!

We made a side trip on the way to the Lego Store at a Natural History Museum that was super cool.

And finally, to officially end our summer fun, Graham started 1st Grade.  He is growing up way too fast.  You always hear everyone say that, but you never understand it until you have kids and watch them do it!

I feel very lucky to have been able to spend the summer with the kids!  We stayed super busy and had so much fun and I already can’t wait to do it all over again.

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Jekyll Island Summer Beach Trip

After visiting Jekyll Island last October for Tish’s wedding, we decided we would go back this summer for a longer stay.  It really is a magical place.  We camped again and loved the campground.  It is right across the street from the beach just a quick bike ride away.  The campground does have a plenitude of raccoons though, so be prepared!!  They came to visit us nearly every evening right around dusk and they are not shy at all.  They even took off with our trash one night before we had put it up and Michael had to go running after them.  It was quite the scene.  The worst raccoon nonsense occurred though when we put the trash up in the car, but didn’t roll up a single window.  I had never seen a car so trashed.   It was a total wreck.  We had to hit the car wash right away.  After the initial shock, I had to laugh at us being so senseless!!

On the way down to Jekyll, we stopped in Savannah for the night and walked around the next day.  We went to the Pirate House for lunch and it was really fun and the food was actually pretty yummy too.

We had a great time on the beach each day.  The beaches are filled with life.  There are hermit crabs everywhere and you can just scoop them up while sitting in the water.  One section of the beach we went to was covered in sand dollars.  There were tons of them dried up on the beach and even more to be found with a little digging sitting in the ocean.  It was so cool!!  Graham also found a turtle fin on the beach.  We thought it was driftwood at first, but then visited the nature center on the island and saw one just like it.

We also visited the water park on the island which was surprisingly great.  There was a wave pool and lots of cool slides.  Michael and I tried all of them even the ones I wished later that I wouldn’t have.

We biked a ton again too.  The island is totally covered in bike paths, so most of the time we would just hop on bikes instead of cars.  We biked downtown again and ate at the Rah Bar.  It was scrumptious.  We scarfed down peel and eat shrimp and oysters.  Graham loves oysters.  He could have eaten several dozen!

The trip to Jekyll was seriously great and such a perfect time to get away after a stressful end to May!