Thursday, July 31, 2008
After breakfast with the Dachs and picking Olivia up from Julia's house, we hit the road for Columbia. I will admit to being very excited to be getting back to Columbia, even if only to drive thru for a few minutes trying to picture us there this time next year. We drove through the SCOA parking lot so the kids could see where Daddy will be working. We also drove by a few houses for sale in Shandon that I had seen online.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Stop #3 was the Dachs' new house. We were so glad to be able to see their beautiful new house and spend the night with them. Kait just turned 2 and was so much fun to be with. It took her just a little while to warm up, but then she was happy to show us all around. Steph and Brian had evening plans, so as they prepared to leave, we made our way to the Lewises house.
Monday, July 28, 2008
After a bit of a meltdown (which is a complete and total understatement!), McIver settled down when we got to Maggie Moos for icecream. Apparently, Twizzler ice cream was just what he needed. His fit was a result of being tired, but it was totally ridiculous ("I want to ride in Stacy's car. I don't want to ride in Stacy's car. I want to go on a field trip, but I don't want to go on a field trip" and the like.)
This was only my second time meeting Mary Elizabeth. She's beautiful and looks just like her mom! Here she is waiting for another bite of ice cream.
Friday, July 25, 2008
McIver called me to the playground earlier today to show me his collection. He found a ton of screws, washers and other left-overs from the new playground construction. He's such a boy! Here he is explaining it all to me.
McIver and Lady
McIver & Olivia love the new playground. The old one was crushed when a tree fell on it during the tornado on Mothers Day. Rather than just let the kids play in the rocks that were left, Pop had the guy come build a new playground the week before we got here. The kids have loved it.
I spent most of the day at the hospital with Grandma Myrtle who had a heart cath (and ended up having 2 stints put in). She was resting relatively comfortably when I left early this evening. Please keep her in your prayers as she recovers over the next 5 weeks in anticipation of a spleen-ectomy over Labor Day weekend. Really, how else would you like to spend a long weekend!?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
McIver loves when Cacoo or Fielding throw him up in the air in the pool.
Olivia especially likes when Fielding throws her up b/c she goes so much higher.
We are all loving the new pool. It's not all the way finished yet (the gazebo is still being put together), but the hottub and waterfall are great fun (especially when 3 water guns are in action in and around the pool - the hot tub makes a great hiding spot.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
McIver's first attempt at the rock slide didn't go so well. Apparently, he doesn't weigh enough (or wasn't going fast enough) going down the slide to make it through the current where the end of the slide meets the water. So, he got stuck - and panicked a little bit. No worries - Big Canoe life guards to the rescue! They jumped in and 'saved' him which he thought was pretty cool. He was NOT at all happy, though, that there was a 2nd, smaller slide that he had to go down in order to get to me. So, this picture (and the smile) is from the first attempt!
Here we all are at the top of the 2nd slide. I realize that it looks like I'm the only one having fun, but I promise, they had fun, too!
McIver and Pop heading out in the paddle boat.
Since Nanoo likes to have the kitchen to herself, Pop and I cleared out of there both afternoons to take the kids to the Wildcat Pool. Plus, Olivia and McIver liked riding in the jump seats in the back of the cab of the pick-up truck they keep at the mountains. It was a pretty relaxing way to spend a few hours - with the side-benefit of completely wearing the kids out before dinner.
Another shot of Pop with Olivia and McIver (in front of the 'planks' from the treasure hunt!)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
So today, on the way back to the house from the pool at Big Canoe, he was drinking a Sprite and burping up a storm. Excusing himself after each one. I told him that he needed to stop b/c it's very rude, even when you say Excuse me, and that he needs stop drinking Sprite if he can't quit burping. Or, find a way to keep them to himself (by keeping his mouth closed, etc.).
He immediately changed the subject (or so I thought):
McIver: Can Daddy help me build a tree house in our backyard?
Me: Well, probably not, b/c we already have a playhouse on our swing set and we're going to move out of our house next year.
McIver: Well, I want a tree house and I want my own rules. And the only rule is I can burp with my mouth open!
Side note: On the way home, we stopped and watched a mama deer and two Bambis (spots and all) on the side of the road. They were beautiful!
Friday, July 18, 2008
True to their word, the spilt second we got to Nanoo's house, the kids ran to see the new pool. Bathing suits were donned and they dove right on in. One of the waterfalls is up and running, but they're still waiting on the 2nd one. They even have 3 stools in the pool like it's a swim-up bar. Hello!? How cool is that!? The rest of the evening was spent going back and forth between the new playground and the pool. Grandma Janet joined us for a dinner so we got in a good visit with her. No wonder McIver went to sleep without any trouble at all.
Then, Thursday morning, we went over to Grandma Myrtle's for a visit. Even though it has been over a year since they've been to her house, they remembered exactly where the toy closet was. It took about 1.5 seconds for toys and games to be scattered all over the den. But, the coolest, by far, is that Grandma let the kids bring a kid guitar and some wooden whistles home with us!
Then, we raced home, loaded up into the big, white van and headed for Big Canoe!
1. Behind the building of the deer (the garage has a deer weather vane on top), our journey begins - Do Not Fear.
2. Up the hill several footsteps make, then turn right - Walk the Planks.
3. Three canoes - green, yellow, and red, point to the right - the direction to head.
4. A pirate's footpath you will find, with Pirate's Gold ... 18 pieces you mind.
5. A pirate flag will point the way, stay on the path - Do Not Stray!
6. A pirate ribbon marks a tree, the treasure if very close to thee.
7. A fallen tree points to the spot, a thicket is where you'll find the lot.
8. Beneath the leaves 2 swords will make The Mark of X, for goodness sake.
9. The treasure is within your reach. It is not buried very deep.
10. Though the path to the treasure is very steep. My Pirate Treasure is Yours to Keep!
And, let me tell you, the treasure chest was FULL of treasure - pirate rings and necklaces, pirate t-shirts and beach towels, pirate bracelets with jibbits, pirate jibbits for the kids' crocs, little bags of 'uncut gems,' and more. Both kids loved it! Thanks, Nanoo and Pop, for a very special treat!