Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Family get together at lake

On the way home from Myrtle Beach we stopped for a family get together with Tim and his fiance Lauren, Chris and his wife Samantha, Jenny and her family Eric, Martin, and Grace. We missed Joey and Crystal but had a fun time at my parents lake house. Here is swimming off of their dock. There are 4 new posts between yesterday and today so if you want to see our beach trip or Centennial Park you might have to go to older posts.

Leah, worn out from the beach and all the travel and Leah floating on her back.
Brianna on their trampoline and Kate jumping off the dock. Kate has made major improvements this summer with no swimming lessons or anything. She wouldn't jump off the side or put her face near the water at the beginning of the summer and now loved the waves, jumped off the dock, swims underwater without a floatie. I hope it doesn't take her most of the summer to warm up again next year. Brianna, Sam, and Leah are all good swimmers and pretty fearless.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Myrtle Beach Part 2

Here is part 2 of the beach trip. Here is Alex on the last night there, he fell asleep sitting up in the chair.

Here is my incredible grandma. We just love her! My dad has more with her and the kids on his camera. This was on our last day there after my dad had already left.

Here is another of Sam's fake "smile" pictures.

And these two, who taught my daughter to pose like this and why does she think she is a supermodel!!! I have no idea where she has seen anything like this or why she wants to pose like this but I am scared. She is only 6. I almost didn't post them but it isn't like she is in a bikini!

These last 4 are of our stop on the way there to see my friend Jenny who was a bridesmaid at my wedding and my roommate in college. She lives on the way there and was nice enough to get her kids up early and drive 25 minutes to meet us at this great Chick fil a at 9 in the morning. Thanks Jenny!!

Myrtle Beach part 1

We have had a busy couple of weeks. We went to Centennial Olympic Park last weekend to see Joey and Crystal (see post below) then went to Myrtle Beach to visit my grandma, then to my parents lake house with my other 2 brothers and sister's families. So lots of pictures and posts to come. We have tons of beach pictures so I will do a couple posts. Katelyn was the least fearful of the beach which surprised us all since she is normally the most timid. She loved the waves and didn't want to get out.

My grandma had a stroke a couple months ago so my dad came to help here out and facilitate our being able to see here and spend as much time with her as possible. She is doing much better than a few months ago and is starting to be able to read and communicate better. She is still unsteady so she couldn't come to the beach but took us out for dinners and ice cream. She is still amazing for an 86 year old but was playing golf, bridge, and walking on the beach before the stroke so this has been hard for her.

We always stay at the Long Bay which has a submarine, lazy river, pools, etc and we don't have to spend much on outside entertainment.

Our camera kept fogging but I like this picture anyway. Alex is almost as fearless as Leah and kept walking out of the submarine with no one there to get him.

We thought these looked like right out of a musical. He bought a rake and helicopter with his spending money.

Leah wandered off on the beach while Heath and I were messing with cameras. She was still close enough to see but it took us a minute to find her and she gave me a heart attack. After that Sam was holding her hand and watching out for her.

Alex thought sticking his head in the water and throwing sand were a blast!

Brianna insisted on doing beach ballet in this picture and found a dead fish to show off. Part 2 will be coming soon.