Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vacation on the Outer Banks...

Oh my what a week! We left Friday night (June 19) to drive the 11 or so hours to Corolla, NC. We stopped around midnight and stayed in Frederick, MD and then got up early the next morning and headed out.

We arrived at our rental home in the late afternoon. Jenn and Dan rode with us, Steve and Brandy drove straight through and Eric & family live in Virginia Beach so it was a short drive for them.

Our home we rented turned out to be a great choice! Plenty of space for everyone.
Had a beautiful pool (which we used ALOT).
The walk to the beach was short and pleasant, only a couple of blocks away.
L-R Dan, Jenn, Steve, Logan in background, Eric, Paul and Winston
The beach was gorgeous and the first day we went was so hot, about 92 with high humidity and would have been perfect if the water wasn't so damn cold. I mean it was bone chilling. I didn't see many people swimming and I asked a couple of girls after they got out, if they got used to it and they said no. Eric asked the lifeguard about it and was told it had to do with the tides and the fact that there were thunderstorms the night before. I found it very convenient to just hang out in the pool the rest of the time. It was strange because I grew up on the pacific coast of California and lived for the beach but this was somehow different.

Paul and I did go down one night to see the crabs...THAT WAS STRANGE! It wasn't so late that they were scampering over our feet (Steve said that's what happened when he went).
Lucy LOVED trying to get the crabs. Jessie said Lucy got so excited she had to move her away because her heart was pounding! 

My first run on the beach was beautiful and yet miserably humid. It's ok though. I'll never forget the experience and I'm so glad I did it.
My next run was much more pleasant. Paul and I got up to see the sun rise and ran earlier. It was still humid but not so much.
We also got to see crabs in the daylight. They're funny little creatures.
Lots of good times in the pool...

Playing beach ball although you'd think we were all on a roller coaster LOL! 

A running joke since some of the letters of "DANGER NO DIVING" were missing. We said Dang Divin quite often! 

Even Winston got to cool off.

A fun little video Eric took of Paul and Emmy in the pool...


Some beautiful beach shots...
A gorgeous shot by Eric. Great composition! 

Brandy & Steve
We had a nice dinner out and then an evening at Putt-Putt...
L-R Back- Steve, Paul, Dan
Middle- Brandy, Me, Eric, Jessie, Jenn
Front- Emmy, Logan
Paul and I wanted to spend some time with Logan, Emmy, Eric and Jess, so Later in the week we went to the Wright Brother's Museum. Fascinating! One of the things that blew me away and for some reason gave me goosebumps, was in the museum they had a piece of cloth and a small piece of the wood from one of the wings of Kitty Hawk that actually went to the moon with Neil Armstrong!! How awesome is that? I think Eric got a picture of it and I should have asked him for a copy. 
This is a glider and in front of it is the replica of The Kitty Hawk

On that same trip, everyone wanted to hike up to the monument but Logan seemed a bit overheated and decided he didn't want to. I wasn't that keen on the idea either, so we went into the museum in the air conditioning.  
The monument
I snapped a selfie of the two of us and told him I should try and get a better shot without the sun beaming behind us and he said "no MiMi, I think the effect is cool".
God I adore this kid!!
Steve, Brandy, Paul and I went to the Elizabethan Gardens. Simply put...beautiful! 

We're hoping to find some this Drinking Gourd Hosta for our yard.

I've discovered that Eric has quite an eye and took some beautiful shots while we were there...
Lucy and Logan (A boy and his dog)

I've got quite a few more photos but I won't bore you anymore. I will leave with a few sunrise pics though...

Used my HDR app. 

As always...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Happy Birthday!!!

Yep, today is my birthday and I'm now 58. Nice number. I like the even numbers and 5 is my favorite number so win-win! Unfortunately, I have noticed lots of signs of aging. I have varicose veins, some sagging skin and even my hands aren't the youthful, smooth beauties they once were.

I really wish I had taken a pic of my hands about 20 years ago. I'm such a memory keeper fiend now. Lots of "I wish I had pics of this or that". Oh well. I'll have to remember to tell Jenn to those sorts of things. I am pleased with how my workouts are helping me build some muscle and my running is kicking in. My last run was, run for 8 minutes, walk for 3, run for 8. I'm now working on push ups. Ugh, I can't even do one on my toes! I'll get there as I AM NOT GIVING UP!

The basement is coming along nicely! I went to Home Depot with Paul to look for tile for the wet bar back splash. Came across these awesome tin looking sheets!!

I'm so happy with the way it turned out!
So, the plumber should be here either today or tomorrow to put in the faucets in both the wet bar, bathroom sink and shower.

Some pics of our progress...

Lighting going down basement stairs.

My soon to be workout room..I CANNOT WAIT!
So, that's all for today. Jenn is coming over to spend the day with me and her and her friend Jess are subbing for some people at Bunco tonight. All in all it should be a great day!! 
As always...

Saturday, June 6, 2015

March Project Life 2015

So, here's March's layout. I didn't have a whole lot going on in March but as you'll see, Emmy lost another tooth, we're getting a pergola installed and the basement is coming along nicely.

The 2 page spread
Left side
Left side
Oh, and I did finish my very first pair of knitted socks! They're too big for me so I got Paul to model them for me. Is he a great guy or what?

As always...

February Project Life 2015

I'm finally posting my February pages. I keep forgetting to post them as soon as they're done. Notice I had to add a couple of photo inserts at the bottom? That's what happens when you take a lot of photos in one month. It's ok. To me, the more photos the better! :)

Left side
Close-up of monthly title
Right side
Close-up right side journaling

Close-up right side filler card
First side of additional insert
Second side of additional insert
Thank you so much for taking the time to peek. As always...

Friday, June 5, 2015

Long time no see!

Not sure if any of you would remember that phrase. It has been a really long time since I've blogged. And, a lot has happened during the last month and half. Not bad things mind you, just a lot. I'll try not to bore you or burden you with too many photos.

We took a trip to Virginia to see the grands for Easter. Loved EVERY SINGLE MOMENT! My heart aches for Logan and Emmy, but anyway..moving along. We got there just in time to color eggs. FUN!!


So, the next morning was Easter and the hunt was on...

We had a lovely day. We went to church where Jessie's sister's hubby is part of the band and I think her in-laws are affiliated somehow. It was a nice service.

We then headed over to Jessie's other sisters house for a big egg hunt with all the nieces, nephews and cousins.

We had a very nice ham dinner. Everyone was running around having a good time. Logan asked me if I'd play some corn hole with him. It was a kid sized board and wouldn't you know, I couldn't even get a bag on one of the boards, let alone get one in! The score was 7-0 Logan's favor. Then 9-0. Each time Logan would announce the score (he was the scorekeeper after all). It got to 13-0 and Logan says "Mimi, you're gonna have to keep track of your own score"! I just about died laughing! He looks at me with those sweet eyes and asks "why are you laughing so hard?". "Because I don't have a score to keep track of" I say. It's a story I'll never forget because it was just so typical of Logan.

I remember when he was 2, visiting Paul and I in California. We were taking Winston for a walk and Winston was digging and sniffing in the grass. I asked Winston, "whatcha doin' Buster Brown"? and Logan says "He's not brown Mimi, Winston's gray".

We made sure we got a hotel with a pool so we could play with the kids. Eric and Jessie worked Monday so we got them all to ourselves.
I had asked Emmy if she's ever built a bear. She said no so I made it my mission that day to take her to make one at the mall. First you pick out your bear. Then take it to the filling station and the girl there fills your bear with stuffing. Then...
You get to give it a bath and spruce it up.

 You then get to pick out some clothes out of about 1,000 outfits, shoes, hair accessories, you name it. Emmy decided she wanted just shoes, and a headband for her bear...

While I took Emmy to get her bear, Paul took Logan out to find a toy.

We were told the very first ice cream cone machine was made close by. So, we headed to this little diner of sorts called Doumars. For the first time ever, I had an ice cream in a warm cone! Oh it was yummy! The gentleman making the cones was the son in law of the owner. He loved his job and it showed! He was very enthusiastic and explained the process in detail. It was fun to watch him.

So we had a wonderful weekend. I will post pics of our finished pergola and how the basement is coming along soon. Hugs and as always...