Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Boy time

Caleb went to church camp this past weekend with his Daddy. Camp Kum-Ba-Ya is a beautiful camp on the lake. It was a hot weekend, but they kept cool swimming in the lake. They also went canoeing and Caleb caught 2 fish. Painted rocks, played silly games, and had a shaving cream fight. They had a good time together.

Cody and I had "Mama/son time". We stayed up late watching movies, picked up Kiersa for a playdate, went to a toy store, went to DQ, and saw the movie "Marmaduke" at the theater. It was great having one-on-one time with him. I love my little buddy!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Little Brother Graduates!

Well, my little brother finally graduated from highschool! Ben, myself, Kevin, and the boys all made the long haul to Florida to celebrate with him.
Lori had a wonderful graduation party for family and friends the afternoon before graduation. Here are Dad and Uncle Freddie chatting it up.
Kevin and Aunt Pam stuffed to the gills on all the wonderful food.

Then we all headed out to the where the graduation was held. It was a hot, humid night (no air-conditioning in the open air arena). But we cheered our loudest for our favorite graduate.

Cody really bonded with Uncle Freddie and his antics during the ceremony.
Here comes our Troy-boy!
In the center with glasses.

Headed up the stairwell to receive his diploma. Congratulations Troy! We wish you the best in your new endeavors :)
**For my blog readers, I just posted 3 blog posts on our Florida vacation so don't miss out on the other 2 previous posts ;)

Lion Country Safari and NASA

While in Florida we went to Lion Country Safari. It is a really cool drive-thru safari with an amusement park to walk through as well. We drove through the park, then got out to see the other animals. Here is the first critter we came across...
The boys were so excited to get to ride on the camel.

We got to see the zookeeper feed the giraffe. We were up close enough to touch her. She kept twirling her tree branch around with her long purple tongue, until she got to the tender leaves.

The boys got to feed lorys nectar. They thought the lorys little feet tickled on their arms.

We got to ride one of my favorite rides- the merry-go-round. They also had a splash park, so we brought swim suits for the boys and hit the water when it got hot.

The next day we went to Kennedy Space Center.
The boys were so excited to see the other NASA (remember we went to Johnson Space Center in April).

Here is Caleb, Kevin, and Cody in front of the huge Saturn rocket.
The rockets in the rocket garden reached up to the heavens.
I decided to take a ride on the moon with the boys.
The most memorable part of our NASA experience was Caleb traumatic flip-flop saga. When we were on our bus tour of NASA, we visited a building where scientists were working on the Space Lab. The incident occurred walking across a catwalk between two buildings in a restricted area. Caleb hung his arm between the bars of the catwalk, flip-flop in his outstretched arm and playfully exclaimed, "Bye, bye, flip-flop!" Now this is Caleb, mind you, not the mischievious one. He was just trying to make a joke, but the joke was on him when he brought his arm back through the rail and knocked the flip-flop out of his hand. Poor lonely flip-flop tumbled down into the restricted area at NASA. Caleb was mortified and began bawling. He then had to walk back to the bus stop barefoot with the other lone flip-flop in his hand, until we made him part with it in the nearest trash bin. Many tourists looked at the Kentuckians walking around NASA with the barefooted boy, until we found the nearest gift shop. Caleb then happily wore women's size 6 flip-flops that really flopped on his too small feet. He still to this day will not let me have those oversized NASA flip-flops and I won't let him live down "Bye, bye, flip-flop!" So on the last space shuttle mission, if you see a lone flip-flop floating by in space just like the famous astronaut's glove, you will know it is "Bye, bye".

Finally posting on Florida vacation

We went to Port St. Lucie, Florida last week for Troy's graduation and our summer vacation. We had to hit the beach as soon as we arrived, so the boys could play in the waves for awhile and search for seashells. We went to Fort Pierce beach the first day. The waves were very calm, but it was super HOT so we didn't stay long.
The next beach day, we went to Bathtub Reef. This was a cool beach that dad used to take Kevin and I to when we were younger. It was demolished in the hurricanes in 2004. They just re-opened it a couple of weeks ago. There was supposed to be super snorkeling there at the coral reef. The water was very shallow for a long way out and the corals were close. But the water was kind of cloudy and full of seaweed that kept tangling around our ankles and legs.

Cody was excited to snorkel for the first time. Here is Caleb snorkeling.

The boys had a blast building sandcastles and playing in the waves.

It was a fun relaxing day. So nice to sit back and watch the waves roll in.