Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Trip: Part NC

It is family vacation time! We spent Friday and Saturday driving from Michigan to West Virginia to North Carolina. We were very impressed by the beauty, greenness and hilliness of the Appalachians in West Virginia. (Remember we don't live in Utah anymore - just Michigan. Any sort of hill is impressive!) We stopped at the Raleigh North Carolina temple on the last leg of our journey for a bit of a break. It looks just like the Detroit temple.
After a couple days that included 15+ hours of driving time, we arrived in the Outer Banks of North Carolina to a beach house we rented with friends from NY and GA (actually we are all from Utah, worked for the same company and have relocated)! What a beautiful place and great company. Here are a few highlights:

An aquarium...
The beach...It was wonderful. The water was warm! (We still love Lake Michigan, but sometimes the 58 degree water just doesn't quite cut it.) The third picture is Briton in a hole. You can't tell from the picture, but it was just about as deep as he was tall. Natural containment.
Our friend, Marian, planned a treasure hunt for the kids. It was a lot of fun for them. Here they are posing along the trail and the second picture is the kids digging for the treasure. The shells you see were the "X" marks the spot.
On the last day we drove to Beaufort, NC. It is a historic resort-y town. Here we are at the maritime museum. Some members of the family were happier than others.
We posed for pictures while we were waiting for our lunch at this dock side restaurant in Beaufort. Unfortunately, we could've done an entire photo shoot while we waited for our (mediocre) lunch. We had a very nice view (and conversation) while we waited though. After lunch we got a picture of the 14 of us.
This was such a great trip! We had a marvelous and relaxing time and are so glad we could spend it with wonderful people! We are now in Washington, DC and will update soon...

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to Mike!
I know I am very late, but we love Mike very much and had a nice time celebrating his special day.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010


For those of you who haven't already heard...we're having another baby! The due date is December 17th and we're very happy about it. Abby is insisting she'll have a baby sister (since we already have a baby brother - her words are something like, "We haven't had a baby sister yet") and is already finding clothes she's outgrown for the baby to wear. Briton doesn't seem to know what is going on yet:)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's summer in Michigan (mostly)

...and we were able to enjoy a (mostly) warm week with grandparents!

Mike's parents were here and we had a great time together playing and playing some more.
  • We visited the local ice cream parlor and grandparents treated us to a Sweetie-Pie.
  • We visited the MSU farms much to the kids delight on Tuesday.
  • Mike and I went on a date!
  • Mike took Friday off so that we could go camping out at the beach Thursday night.
The kids loved having grandma and grandpa around - the attention, more people to play with, etc. We all enjoyed the company (and extra hands)!

(I can never get too many cute beach pictures of my children.)

A few pictures from the farms:

Camping on the beach:

One reason we enjoy camping in MI - electrical outlets in all the campsites (notice the electric griddle on the table - we know how to rough it well)

Briton loves forks. He'll eat most anything as long as he can stab it. He's doing pretty well.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Memorial Day

We went to the beach. There was a storm coming in so we left home early and stayed until 2ish - time for sand castles building, feet burying, almost swimming (58 degree water), kite flying, pier walking, etc.
An anecdote from today:

3-year-olds sometimes bring up unique topics of conversations. Today it was bison. Abby started telling me how nice they are. My mother hen instinct kicked in and we had a lovely conversation about the size of bison and how they can push, gore and inflict bodily harm (using toddler appropriate language). Moments later, this was the conversation:

"Mom, you know what I'm going to do when I get big?"

"What are you going to do when you get big?"

"I'm going to go to Primary with the big kids and I'm going to teach bison how to behave. You know, behave means to be nice and not push. Yep, next time we go to Yellowstone, I'm going to do that!"