Thursday, July 19, 2007

Stay Tuned..

We are back safe and sound from the beach. I have TONS of pics to share but don't have the energy right now to post them. I will provide you with a summary of our trip:

Sunday: Arrived at hotel approx. 6pm; checked in, changed clothes and headed to the beach. It was so beautiful! We LOVED it! Went to dinner (in our bathing suits) and danced to a tone-deaf reggae singer. It felt so good to not care what anyone thought of us.
Later that night, Steven went out for a walk. After 30-45 minutes passed I decided to try to find him, hoping that the gators that lived at our hotel hadn't eaten him (honest---there were gators at our hotel). I got off the elevator and there he stood covered in sweat. Apparently, my husband had "borrowed" two bikes that were apparently returned late and weren't chained up. So off we went to the beach (me in my jammies with no bra--see what I mean about not caring what people think??). We rode around the "circle" where all the shops are and checked out the area. We headed back to the hotel and returned the bikes to where they were supposed to be and walked back to our room. Once the kids found out what we had done, they wanted to go too. So, Steven took them out and they again "borrowed" the 2 bikes. Arissa was put in the baby seat on the back of Stevens bike and Isaiah rode his alone. Arissa got scared in the seat and asked to be brought back to the room (who can blame her...those seats are made for toddlers, not 8 year olds!). Steven and Isaiah headed down to the beach, both crashing once their tires hit the sand, and walked the shore in the dark. Isaiah told me it was an awesome time and he was happy he made memories with Steven.
Monday: We headed to the beach in full force. A HUGE SPF 50 umbrella, 4 beach chairs, 2 beach bags and a cooler. We read and played and had a great day. Steven left us to play golf and we hung out awhile longer. We headed back to the hotel pool for a more restful swim. We showered and went to eat at Captain Woody's Bar and Grill. Food was pretty good, atmosphere was okay (didn't really see what all the hype was about) but the t-shirts rocked so me, Carol and Arissa got one. We also picked up one for the neighbor girl next door that was feeding and watering T-Bone and Maddi for us.
Tuesday: We were beyond fried from the previous day (especially me) so we hung out at the hotel pool all day until it was time to get ready for our DOLPHIN CRUISE. Steven golfed again. It was really cool. We saw lots of dolphins and then a fireworks show. We cruised for 2 1/2 hours and the kids LOVED it! We picked up New York style pizza on our way back to the hotel and ate in our room which the kids thought was pretty cool since they aren't allowed to eat in their rooms.
Wednesday: We headed back to the beach. We stayed about 3-4 hours then another 2 hours at the hotel pool. By this day Steven had given up on South Carolina golf. The wind wasn't working for him and the courses were eating his lunch. We got cleaned up and headed to the beach for a 'photo session'. We went to eat at a seafood place in the circle...can't remember the name...where the food was much better than before. After dinner we cruised through the open air market and the shops. We picked up our souvenirs, got ice cream, then walked the beach one last time. Carol was a fraidy-cat and wouldn't let her feet get wet because it was dark but the rest of us let the waves crash over our feet.
Thursday: Finished loading the cars; got our fill of free breakfast; hit Starbucks; then hit the road. We got home about 5:30ish to find a very wet and muddy Maddi and the house just the way we left it. Tomorrow I will be getting my nails done (the saltwater ruined them), getting the car washed to get the salt off of it, vacuuming tons of sand out, and finishing the mountain of laundry. Unfortunately, Steven has to work tomorrow and Saturday. I am okay with that, though, because I wouldn't have wanted him to miss this trip!

Check back for pics soon...promise I'll get them posted and hopefully I won't over-do it!

The sandy peas,

Anne

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Less than 12 Hours Until.....

WE LEAVE FOR THE BEACH!!!

The bags are packed, car filled with gas, oil changed, cash in the wallet and car loaded. Oh, and most importantly, mine and Arissa nails and toes are stinkin' cute!

We found out yesterday at 3pm that Steven would be able to join us!! The people he works with decided that he works too hard and too long to miss a vacation with his family so they all pitched in to cover his hours so he can come. We are super excited that he gets to join us!

I promise to update at soon as we get back with pictures (by Friday evening, Daddy!). Arissa has pink hair for the beach trip so I will be sure to get some pics of the 'do.

Sand and Sunscreen--
The Peas

Friday, July 6, 2007

Splish Splash


Carol and Arissa taking a break


Arissa posing



Me and Isaiah




Carol and Me

Thursday, July 5, 2007

SAVE THE DATE!!

Arissa will be competing at the Tennessee Valley Fair for cheerleading on Saturday, September 8th at 10am!!!

4th of July

In an effort to save our mother-in-laws the work of putting on the annual cook-out, Melissa and I took the reigns. Let me just say--it is alot of work! We kind of cheated by asking everyone to bring a meat and a side dish but we did the rest. There were 4 grills going all day that the men handled while Melissa and I took care of all the set up and clean up. We had about 50-75 people come over and everyone seemed to have a good time and get full bellies. Linda and Mary Ellen were able to sit and enjoy their families for a change. The City of Oak Ridge dropped the ball on getting the needed permits to shoot off the fireworks so the night ended with very little fan-fare. I didn't get any pictures (I was too busy being a host)! Melissa and I were quite proud of ourselves and everyone thanked us for our efforts. We have officially earned our keep in the family!!

PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR OLDEST, YNDAISHA, WHO TURNED 14 ON THE 4TH!!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Making Memories

Playing tennis with your kids and husband in the rain then going out for ice cream at 10pm.

Summer Fun

Well, we finished up Isaiah's summer school classes on Friday. He is glad he went but is happy that it is over so he can sleep in!

We are very excited about a beach trip we have planned. We are scheduled to go to Hilton Head July 15-19. Steven can't go with us b/c he can't get the time off work but Aunt Carol is going. Unfortunatly, I received a summons for jury duty for July 12th. I really hope that doesn't mess up our plans. Looks like we won't know for sure if we can go until the 12th.

We went to a birthday party for Steven's 3 year old cousin yesterday. "Bubba-palooza" was quite the gathering. They had an inflatable 20 foot slide, a water slide, dunking booth, bounce house, popcorn, sno-cones, and cotton candy. The kids wore themselves out. I tried to take pics but my camera has too long of a delay on it so it makes it hard. Here is what I did get--

You'll have to take my word for it but this is Steven shooting
down the waterslide. What you don't see (mostly b/c I was
laughing too hard to take a pic) is him flying off the end of the
slide and landing on the ground.

Arissa heading back for another go
Isaiah running for another turn.
You would think there would only be so many times that you can do this before getting tired or bored. Apparently not; when we came back 4 hours later to get the kids Isaiah was still going strong and Arissa hadn't been done for long. Isaiah is paying the price today-he can hardly move he is so sore! Guess that is the price you pay for fun!