Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hilton Head May 2017

My dear friend Laura's mom has a condo she rents out in Hilton Head. We have talked for YEARS about taking the kids over the summer and it's never happened....until this year! It was available Monday through Friday (Memorial Day) so we jumped at the opportunity. 

The kids and I left Monday morning and had a pleasant drive there. It's about 5 hours. I packed us lunches and we stopped somewhere in south Georgia at a playground to run off energy. We quickly realized we love north Georgia. The bugs and heat were intense! 

We all arrived by 4:00. Laura ran to the grocery store and I took the kids to the pool. 

 3, 2, 1... let the fun begin! Laura has 3 kids and her oldest brought a friend. (Brooks stayed at the condo with Laura's nanny to nap)
 After a spaghetti dinner, we strolled to the beach. 
 These two are precious together. They're just a couple weeks apart
 Brooks and his beautiful mama
 James changed into pjs after the pool
 All the kids ended swimming in their clothes
 We arrived to the beach a little after 9 on Tuesday morning. We packed lunches and were in it for the day!

Love this girl!
 Boogie Board Babes
 James loves the beach, especially digging in the sand
 Can't stop, won't stop cartwheelin' 
 After 5 hours at the beach, we hit the pool. Laura ran to the condo for white wine and peanuts. Just another reason why I love this girl
 That night we went to dinner in Shelter Cove. Here's the whole group! 
 The marsh is always calling me. One day I would love a home on the marsh!!
 As we entered the restaurant, I saw a family from Cumming. Small world! These girls loved their fried shrimp. Speaking of fried, this mom didn't apply sunscreen very well on Adelyn or myself. Both of us had sunburned thighs.  I felt horrible! ;( I have never let my kids get sunburned and it's the worst feeling when it happens. 
 Wednesday was overcast, but we still hit the beach for a few hours. The kids had a blast!
 Then of course, we had to go to the pool some more. James is playing peek a boo with Brooks. 
 George Washingtons!
 After showers, I did the girls' hair the same. 
 Laura and I at Harbour Town
 We did a pirate boat ride. The kids all got tattoos before boarding
 James wanted to sit with the adults at first. 
 Here's the pirate captain
 So cool to see several dolphins!

 They had a whole story that went with the boat ride. Basically, Stinky Pete (in the small boat) stole the key to the treasure chest and the kids had to "attack" him with these water cannons. They all loved it! (even the 11 year old boys!)
 Adventurous Adelyn
 Jumpin' James
 Stinky Pete with the kids
 Afterwards, we put our name down at the restaurant and let the kids play on the playground. I love this - most restaurants don't take reservations but there is still fun to be had!
 And wine. We had an hour wait :( 
 My handsome kiddo
 See saw
Adelyn bought a BFF Forever necklace for Janie and her. So sweet!

The next day we had to head on home. The kids had their first swim meet and we had to be there by 4:00. It was a short and sweet trip but SO much fun! Thank you, Laura, for inviting us!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wrapping up the School Year

As the kids get older, May ends up being the busiest time of the year. It's filled with lots of celebrations and parties. 

James had a terrific baseball season. He's the youngest on the team, but he learned so much. His coach is incredible. This team placed first in their division. They had a tournament, but lost in the first game. Cheers to James's 2nd season of baseball. He LOVES this sport!! 

James had an end of the school year party to celebrate the end of a great year in Young 5s. James got the "Laffy Taffy" award for all his jokes and being a funny boy. 
 What?! A parent had the Kona Ice truck come!
 Each kid got a pool noodle, which of course turned into a light saber party. 
Mrs. Rachael was a wonderful fit for James this year.  
 James had his karate graduation (actually, right before this school graduation). His class did the 16 count for the parents. 
James has his green belt now! He loves Mr. DJ
 Oh man, I am going to miss CFUMC. We've been there since Adelyn was 18 months old. This was our last event at this school. The Young 5s wore dark colors and white gloves. The black light was on them as they sang "Jesus, You Are Wonderful". So cool!
Grandma and Grandpa came 
 Our family :) Afterwards, we went to Dairy Queen for ice cream

Adelyn had her fair share of activities as well!

Field Day at Coal Mountain was a blast!
Last day of 2nd grade! 

She had an awesome first year at Coal Mountain. Love this sweet girl!

Adelyn's end of the year party consisted of breakfast followed by fun centers. I planned a few Minute to Win It games in the hallway. In the picture above, the kids had a minute to get crackers from their forehead into their mouths without using their hands. It was hilarious!!
They also made graham cracker beach scenes (and their leis)
Mrs. Aylor was a perfect match for Adelyn. She's so sweet and really pushed Adelyn. 
When Adelyn got off the bus, we squirted her with water guns! James was definitely the man for this task. 

Adelyn had her Girl Scout End of the Year party, which was a talent show. Can you guess what song she played on her keyboard?

Now on to summer! Swim team began mid-May and it's everyday for June :)