Monday, July 30, 2012

Breakfast Time!

My boys are always goofing around and being silly these days, but this surprised even me. I had walked outside to carry something to the car and when I came back I saw Malachi and Elliott doing this through the sliding door. They were so amused they continued even when I came in and picked up the camera to video them!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Beach to Lake

Before ending our vacation and coming back to reality we decided to stop in Tennessee at Yaya and 'Buelo's and enjoy a day on the lake. It was worth it!

 Thank you, Yaya and 'Buelo for spending the week at Jekyll with us and for allowing us to stop by your house on our way home. We had so much fun with you all and can't wait to see you again soon!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vacation, Part 4: The Beach!

Ahh, my favorite part of vacation: the beach! We spent every morning (except when we went to the waterpark) and a couple afternoons at the beach. The boys had so much fun digging holes in the sand, building sandcastles, jumping in the waves, looking for sand dollars, flying kites and just playing. It was so much fun!
Jonas wasn't sure about the sand and saltwater the first day, but he warmed up and by the end of the week was all over the place.
 It was so fun to see all three boys playing together.
 Yaya and Grandma Alice enjoying the sun and water.
 Playing in the water with daddy.
 Hard at work!
 Malachi loved digging holes and making tunnels in the sand.
 He even talked Grandma Alice into helping some!
 This is where we put Jonas to keep him in one place!
Everyone had to help a little
 The boys in their holes
Because this year was so much fun, I'm already excited about our next trip to the beach!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vacation, Part 3: Sea Turtle Center

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is located on Jekyll so we decided to spend one afternoon and take the boys to see it. We visited the museum, which was very well done and had lots of hands-on activities for the kids, and also the turtle hospital. At the hospital we got to see two of the turtles being fed and lots of others swimming around in their tanks. Right before we left we saw one of the turtles being operated on. The boys loved it all. I think we'll try to do one of the "turtle walks" next time to learn more about their nests and try to see some of the new hatchlings.
 Malachi was very interested in all the hands-on activities at the museum.

 I think both of their expressions are really funny here!
 One of the turtles trying to get her food out of a large block of ice

 Checking out some of the patients
 The operating room

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vacation, Part 2: Summer Waves Waterpark

The boys could not wait to visit the waterpark at Jekyll, and Grandpa Gene was nice enough to get us some free tickets courtesy of his job at the golf course, so we spent Tuesday at Summer Waves. Malachi was tall enough to ride three of the six big slides and also loved the wave pool. Elliott was more than happy to camp out in the kiddie area and ride the small slide over...and over...and over!

 Jonas wasn't a huge fan of the water. It was a little cloudy and the water was pretty cool so I think that was the problem. He stayed home after lunch for a nap while the rest of us came back for more!
The boys talked about the big bucket that dumped water a lot before coming. Elliott ended up being scared of it and Malachi got knocked down when he stood under it!

A huge THANK YOU to Grandpa Gene for giving us tickets and to Grandma Alice for babysitting Jonas during the afternoon! We had a great day at Summer Waves!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vacation, Part 1: Putt-Putt

I love playing putt-putt so one of our first evening activities on vacation was to go play a round at the mini-golf course on the island. The boys loved it and were fun to watch. Thanks to Grandma Alice for pushing Jonas around in the stroller and even getting him to take a quick nap!

 The boys also liked playing around on the course.

 And a picture of the winners:
Yep! Grandpa Gene and I tied to win! Later in the week we played again because Malachi wanted to try out the other course. Unfortunately I was unable to defend my title and Erik won that night. Oh well. I guess we'll have to play again at Christmas to see who the best putt-putter in the family really is!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Jekyll Island Vacation

We just got back from our wonderful vacation on Jekyll Island. Yaya and 'Buelo came with us and we all stayed at Grandma Alice and Grandpa Gene's house. The boys were great all week and we all had a great time together and made lots of fun memories. A HUGE thank you to Grandma Alice and Grandpa Gene for opening their house to our chaos and for being such wonderful hosts. We loved spending the week with you all and are so thankful to have been able to visit!
Over the next few days I'll post pictures of what we did all week!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kids In College

Before I get to posts about our awesome vacation that isn't even over quite yet, I thought I would get back into the swing of things with the blog and post about something from last month. In June Malachi participated in Kids in College, a summer enrichment program sponsored by Ohio University-Chillicothe and Chillicothe City Schools. He and his friend, Isaac, took two classes - Ooey, Gooey Science and Sponge Bob Science. They both loved the classes and I've heard so many stories and facts about what they learned. He's also been busy recreating all the experiments they practiced in class. He's still fascinated by this one:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Holidays, Parties, Family and Summer Fun

We have been incredibly busy over the past few weeks and I seriously cannot believe June is over! As I was looking through pictures for a post about 4th of July, I realized I hadn't even posted pictures from the last holiday - Memorial Day. Whew! I've got to get back on track so here are lots of pictures to catch you up!

Annual Memorial Day Fly-In at Haas Airport
 Elliott loved the "fly panes"
 These two are such good buddies
 Family Photo
 We had a party to celebrate our favorite state champion, Daniel.
Elliott insisted on playing with the big kids at the party. I love how he wants to be just like his daddy!
 I had a busy week in the middle of June when I, along with a friend, was in charge of a fundraiser dinner for church. We shopped for, prepared and served almost 300 servings of baked ziti, salad, rolls and desserts to hungry bicycle riders participating in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. It was a lot of fun and our profit will help Connection (our church) fund some fun community outreach activities.

After that was out of the way we welcomed Yaya, Aunt Cindy and Aunt Jennifer for a fun visit.
 The boys loved all the extra attention and I loved having extra hands around the house!
 While they were here we took a trip to Serpent Mound. It was really neat, in spite of the incredible heat.
 We also spent some time swimming and showing them around. Here's Malachi at the waterfalls after which our road is named. We are so glad they were able to come to Ohio and spend time with us - we're already hoping a return visit will happen soon!
In the midst of our hectic schedule, our littlest guy turned 9 months old. He's still very picky about food and doesn't sleep very well, but he's a very happy boy. He's scooting/crawling everywhere, pulling up and jabbering away (da-da and ma-ma mostly) these days.
 We also celebrated a very special little lady's birthday - Adeline is 3!
I think that mostly sums up the past month. Now on to promises to be just as busy and just as fun!