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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Myrtle Beach

As you know, our family took a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC a couple of weeks ago. The reason for our trip was to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. The reason we chose Myrtle Beach (instead of the Black Hills, SD, where we honeymooned and planned to celebrate 10 years) was because we were offered an amazing resort at an amazing price, which we could hardly pass up.

The highlights of the trip included:
The drive
Swimming in the 4 pools at the hotel
The hot tub
Mini Golf
The Ocean
The lazy river
Playing our Ticket to Ride board game everyday
Watching the helicopters and airplanes fly over the resort

Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

Lagoon Pool (our window is the one right of the yellow umbrella, behind the boys)

Playing Ticket to Ride

Ready to go swimming

Waiting for the shuttle to take us across the street to the ocean.
Playing with big leaves.

Palm trees outside our door.

Unlimited Mini Golf

Snack at Chapin Park

The boys' first Krispy Kreme donuts

Lazy River

Late night mini golf in pjs

Daddy with his boys at the ocean

Marshall loved being buried in the sand!

Playing in the sand

Jumping into the pool by the ocean.

Over sized hot tub

Jumping in!

Daddy making lunch for us

Marshall's cherry vanilla ice cream

Ice Cream Shoppe

Lazy River with Mommy

Friday, June 21, 2013

Birthday Boys

In the past week we've had the privilege of celebrating 2 birthdays. Brady turned 8 on June 13 and Logan turned 6 on June 18.
As always, they had their special date nights with Daddy. This year was at the Mall of America, and if you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw all the cute pictures of that on there.
Logan also lost his first tooth this week, so it's been an exciting month for us!

Happy Birthday boys. I can't believe how quickly you guys are growing up!
We'll be having the party tomorrow, inside, and away from those awful storms :).

First lost tooth 6-19-13

June 18, 2013

June 13, 2013. Brady wanted a Mohawk for our last day in Myrtle Beach.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Travel Tidbits

We returned from our 3rd big vacation in the past year on Saturday night. The trip was 8 days long, which included 4 days of travel and 4 days at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The driving days were long, but very interesting, so I wanted to share a few tidbits about those days alone.
We traveled through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Here is what we saw and found interesting...

- Toll roads are expensive and annoying (as much as $4 we paid at some)

- Bob the Builder was played on the DVD player at least 5 times through--and it's not a short movie.

- Charleston, WV is beautiful, and a place that both Peter and I thought looked like a great place to live.

- I hate when kids eat in the car--we never normally do, except on vacation, and even then it's dry cereal only. Yuck!

- In North Carolina, along the roads we traveled, there are groups of extremely run down mobile homes (from around 1960-1970) where people live. It was actually very sad.

- In South Carolina, there are tons of billboards for canned collard greens, vidalia onions, and other assorted southern canned foods.

- Illinois was our least favorite state by far. I can't stand Chicago traffic or the speedy and unsafe drivers.

- Nexus 7 tablets saved the day many times, especially with the ability to charge them while driving.

- Marshall still loves to page through little books to pass the time.

- We spotted every license plate except Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Idaho, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

- Palm trees are my favorite by far

- I LOVE being a time share owner and can't wait until we decide to upgrade a little more.

- We love doing road trips and we're going again in 4 months.

- Peter and I agree that it would be ideal to live within a days drive to the ocean (ideally south, but anywhere really).

- Different fast food places and grocery stores, including: Bojangles chicken and biscuits, Waffle House, Red Burrito, Chick Fil-A, Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, Publix...

- The Smokey Mountains--they were the best in the fall through Tennessee, but pretty great last week as well, in Virginia and West Virginia.

- Amish people that we came across in MN, VA, and WV.

Our longest days of travel were from Farmington, MN to Gallipolis, OH and back. This route was 846 miles and 13 hours (this did not include the hour lost on the first day or gained on the last day). We left home at 5:30AM on Saturday and arrived in Gallipolis around 9PM EST. On the way home, we left Gallipolis at 5:30 AM EST and arrived home at 8PM-- we stopped only 4 times on the way home, for gas/food/potty.

Monday, June 3, 2013

This N That

Dandelion bouquet

Getting our first bonfire started with some friends

Hot dogs in the backyard

Wearing some of the new pjs that Grandma made

Hope you all are enjoying this late spring too. We have to make the most of everyday the sun shines!
See you when we get back from Myrtle Beach in a couple of weeks.