New glasses. New dresses. Sweet pictures.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
If not for the close location of the eye place, I would have been designated driver again on the way back home.
Now I'm going to the beach for a while.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Mike and I took a short trip to Manteo Island to see Roanoke's Lost Colony and the Elizabethan Gardens. In the prelude to the storm, there were waaaay too many mosquitos. The kids, having decided to stay home and sleep in, missed the short window of sunshine and are now driving me crazy. Maybe it started with the ceiling leaking in the kitchen as the wind and rain picked up. Or the wrestling in the living area. Or Mike's great idea to start a beach fire (illegal here) in the Coleman charcoal grill. Or the giant sand message reading, "YOLO!" (You Only Live Once) when I glanced out to see my entire family "wading" in the wind-whipped surf. Or the profanity-laced rap music blaring when I got out of the shower moments ago. Yes, it's true that I snapped the pirated CD into bits with my bare hands while wearing only my bath towel. I believe I may have frightened them a bit because there is only quiet murmuring from the bedrooms now. The plan is to climb the tallest brick lighthouse in the country tomorrow. And then climb back down.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
We found a big storage area under the house that has beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and more. Must be leftover items from previous renters. No mermaids, but lots of shells. Beryl is schedule to hit tomorrow. the tide keeps pulling away from shore. Some of our party visited this place and bought T-shirts. Here is the link for the brave souls who wish to know.
Jockey Ridge State Park with the girls. Minus Quinn. He really only wanted to watch TV for the entire vacation anyway. Logan was a bit unhappy about the rain shower - and the climbing - and all the sand, but the photo shoot turned out pretty well. We assured her this was not an historical stop, but a natural land feature made by God. The largest sand dunes on the east coast. She told me that God made amusement parks too. Looks like she and Rachel were practicing for America's Top Model or something.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Tricked the boy into joining us for a brief "outing." Girls slept in. Orville and Wilbur Wright Memorial was quite a climb but my parents got us in free with their National Park Pass. Score. Jockey Ridge State Park was the next stop to climb the largest sand dunes on the east coast. We plan on tricking the girls on climbing them tomorrow. I've already prepped Logan by telling her it will be a great background for a senior picture. Who in Illinois will have senior pictures taken from the top of a sand dune?
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Here is a link to the trailer.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Bacon-wrapped tater tots with jalapeno. Thank you, Travel Channel. We opted to bake them at 450 degrees instead of deep-frying. And I'm pretty darn sure they tasted better that way because all the bacon grease soaked right into the tots. Not for the faint of heart.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Most fourteen-year-old boys have the switch. It's to blame for saying stupid things, doing stupid things, and making stupid noises. Quinn's seems to be stuck in the "on" position. This evening for example, we were visiting with a gentleman from the neighborhood, when I looked up to see Quinn staring at him from the door (and wearing a black ski mask). Later, I scolded him for "showing up in a ski mask like a crazy person!" Quinn corrected me. "I appeared, Mom. I appeared to him through the window while wearing a black ski mask."
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Rachel has finally been released to play goalie for her soccer team (That's layman's term for "keeper"). Today however, she played forward instead and scored a goal during the first regional game! Do you know how to score in a breakaway? I've looked up the basics and linked them here for you. The result was much better than last year's breakaway attempt, though much less funny.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Quinn wants to buy a new gaming system. He needs $50. He keeps talking about it and talking about it and talking about it. I keep offering to pay him to do various jobs around the house. He keeps declining. "YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, MOM! I DON'T WANT TO DO WORK - I JUST WANT TO GET MONEY!!!" Yeah, that's a pretty good line for your first job interview, buddy. Let me know how it works out.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
I've been hearing a lot of BTWs this week. "BTW, did I tell you we think he has autism?" "BTW, he is a good boy except when he gets in one of his 'punching' moods." "BTW, I don't really think he has a speech problem. He must only talk like that with you." I believe it was a similar comment that preceded the ocular migraine.