Saturday, August 29, 2009
Today I took the kids to the library in the morning and then we stopped by Wal Mart on our way home. While walking through Wal Mart, we ran into Lydia and Emily's Pre-School teacher. Before today I had not officially met her. I had seen her a few times last year while volunteering in Ryan's class and seeing her in the hall, but had not been introduced. We were on vacation during orientation so we did not have the opportunity to meet then. Lydia and Emily were very excited to see her and (Lydia in particular) began to dance around and became very giddy to see Ms. Warner there! After Ms. Warner talked to the girls for a while, I said
"You must be Ms. Warner. I am Stacey." and extended my hand.
She looked up from her crouched position and said "I am Therese" and extended her hand as she stood up.
Lydia and Emily were standing near her and Lydia said "This is my sister, Emily."
Ms. Warner said "Yes, I know. Remember, she is in class with us everyday."
I laughed so hard! I guess if you are going to pass something on to your child--make sure it is good manners :).
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Our trip was absolutely awesome! The weather was terrific and until the end of the week the ocean was so calm. Ryan decided he wanted a boogie board so we found some on sale for $5.99 and the girls got some goggles (which Lydia did not end up liking—so Ryan has a pair of those too :). He could not really get the hang of the boogie board in the waves, but in the lazy river he really took off with it. In addition to the lazy river, our condo had two pools, three Jacuzzis (or "hot pools" as Emily called them) and two kiddie pools. Emily became a lot more confident in the water. She started jumping in and actually going all the way under and then swimming with her face in the water. Very exciting!
On our way home we stopped in Raleigh NC for a birthday party. Stacey’s Uncle Freddie turns 70 this month (click on the Storz family on the labels to the right of the blog). His wife and kids surprised him with a party inviting close family and friends. Because of some weird way our GPS has taken us it is taking us an extra hour and 1/2 to get home from Raleigh as it normally does. Enjoy the pictures. Oh, one more thing . . . . the family pictures on the beach . . . . we are pretty proud. . . . we set up our tripod on the sand and took several pictures with our camera remote. Couldn't believe they actually turned out :).
"Can you hear the ocean in this one Lydia?" The funny part about it was he was holding up a clam shell :).Bathing BeautiesOur view at dinnertime each night. Could not get enough of that view!! On the Cherry Grove Pier, looking back at our condo.We tend to corner the market in free entertainment. Once we get up enough money to go on vacation, we don't have much money left to do much else. :) We took the kids out for some fun one day. They had such a great time and we did not spend a dime! We took them to Bass Pro Shops. They have a huge fish tank with salt water fish in it. The kids looked at the fish for a long time. They spent a great deal of time sitting on the boats and "driving" the 4-wheelers.
Broadway at the Beach--The Disney Store
To expand on our free entertainment, Broadway at the Beach has an area with spraying water. Anytime you go past this area on a hot day or evening there are kids running in and out of this water. We went past this water and Emily decided she wanted to go through the water. We were not sure if she should let her since we did not bring a change of clothes, but let her since we were leaving soon. Ryan really wanted to go in, but debated and debated before actually going in. He loved it once he actually bit the bullet. We never actually talked Lydia into going.
Emily and her water tricks
This is a movie from Uncle Freddie's Birthday Party. Aunt Kathy got the kids little party hats and horns. You had to blow the horns pretty hard to get the sound to come out and the kids had to get the hang of them before they could get them to work. Adella was never successful getting any sound to come out, but she was so adorable looking as if she was part of a Mardi Gras street show with her horn--but no sound. Too funny!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Now, to finally bring me to the conclusion of my story . . . in the midst of all these changes, there is one thing that has stayed the same. There is a fishing pier in Cherry Grove that has not been ruined by all the hurricanes. I have been fishing on this pier as a kid, as a teenager, as a young adult and as a parent with my children. It is called Cherry Grove Pier and we are staying at the Prince Resort at the Cherry Grove Pier. I have been to this pier 100 times, but have never stayed here. The resort is only 3 or 4 years old, but there were cottages and houses here for years.
Monday, August 10, 2009
My family did not camp when I was a kid. Once my brother and I moved out, our parents purchased a nice used motor home to see how they liked the camping/traveling thing. They loved it and have since graduated to a new, much nicer model RV. Mike has so many fond memories of camping with his grandparents when he was little. It is such an important thing that our kids have these same great memories.
This past weekend we went camping with my parents and my brother and his family. We all met up at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Luray. We had camped at the Jellystone Park in Natural Bridge, but not in Luray. It was such a great campground!! It had so many great things to do that there was really no time for the "sitting around the campfire" type of camping that we enjoy :).
They had these great jumping pillows. They were these huge plastic/canvas pillows that had air constantly being pumped into them. You could jump on them just like you would a trampoline. We all loved it!! Particularly Mike! The early teenage kids kept asking him to come back over and jump with them because he would jump so high and it would cause them to jump higher and higher. As my brother described it, he looked like a rock star with all the kids hovering around him :). Lydia did not like it if there were a lot of people jumping at the same time she was--particularly big people (mainly Mike :)). She did not feel secure while jumping so she would wait until there were just a few people jumping and then she would have a great time. Emily jumped and jumped and when we were not at the jumping pillows, she would ask to go to the jumping pillows. Ryan liked it a lot, but he preferred riding his bike. We allowed him to ride just down from our campers and over in front of the pool by himself. Needless to say, he thought he was something else and spent most of the weekend doing just that. My niece, Adella, was kind of hit or miss. She liked it, but only if she was jumping with someone else, but she too felt a little uneasy if lots of people were jumping around her.
As most campgrounds do, this campground also had a playground. We usually spend a lot of time at the campground playgrounds, but there were so many other fun things to do here that we only spent a short time there.
If you purchased a wristband you were able to have access to several activities without paying extra. We took full advantage. Mike and Ryan purchased a wristband and Lydia and Emily were free on everything that they were able to participate in (according to their age they were not able to go on the water slide at all). I did not purchase a wristband because I had to stay with Lydia and Emily when they were not able to ride. The paddle boats were part of our "free entertainment." Mike, Ryan and Lydia started on the paddle boats and Emily was a little scared. Once she saw them paddling and having such a great time, she decided to join in. She had to sit in the back though because the front was full :).
next day so I don't have a picture of him.
Lydia, Emily and I went on a wagon ride that Boo Boo and Cindy were hosting. Just prior to us getting on the wagon, they took Boo Boo away on a golf cart. We can only assume he was getting ready to pass out since it was 92 degrees and he was wearing a fur suit :). It took us around the campground so we were able to pass our campers where Grammy and Aunt Allison were sitting outside and waived to us.
The pool was really great! They had two kiddie pools and a regular pool. We stayed in the bigger kiddie pool. It started at 2 feet deep and gradually went to 4 feet. Everyone was able to touch in the majority of the pool. Plus, there was this great mushroom waterfall in the middle of the pool that everyone just loved.
S'mores were a big hit with Adella as well as Ryan and Emily. Lydia passed out before we could get the marshmallows out. It was a big day for everyone!
On our last morning there, we hit the pool and the jumping pillows one more time before packing up and heading home. It was a great weekend!!
The following movies are of the putt-putt game that was also included in the wristband price. We don't have any golfers on our hands at this point I don't think. :). Also, a movie of Ryan riding his bike past the pool and a movie of the jumping pillows. This will give you a better idea of how cool they were. Oh, BTW, you are not seeing things . . . yes, Ryan has a Mohawk! We will be shaving it off by the end of the week!