Sunday, July 15, 2012

Live and Learn and Happy 4th

We had a great 4th of July.
At least the first part of the day was great.

We decided to try something new this year.

We knew the local minor league baseball team had
 fireworks following the game on July 4th.

We thought, "What a great idea, we will have parking, guaranteed seats, 
concessions AND we can see the game AND fireworks."

Perfection- yes it was my idea!

Sammy fell asleep on the way there.
Little did we know how much she would need that nap.

The evening started out great. There is a merry-go-round at the stadium.

Everyone was smiles!
What the pictures don't show is the 100 degree heat, a packed stadium and...

a baseball game that ended at 10:45pm.

The fireworks started after the game!

This is when it started to fall apart.
It was about the 8th inning of the never ending game.
We kept assuring Sam and Adam that it was almost time for the fireworks.

However, after the game was a ceremony.
It was to honor our military men and  women and was a very nice ceremony.
Things were really falling apart at this point.

The show started after 11:00pm.

Finally they started and guess what?

We could NOT see them from our seats.

We sat under an overhang and the fireworks were too high to see.

This is when I fell apart.

We had to find a place to stand to see them.
We were done, all of us, and left before the show was over.

Next year we will be looking for a new place to see fireworks.

Oh well, even after all this time parenting we are still living and learning.

Ni Hao Yall


Friday, July 13, 2012

A new experience

My blog has been kind of quiet this summer.
We have been enjoying a slower pace and trying to be somewhat unplugged.
 Our summer has been fun and we have some great memories of time spent with friends and family.

This however deserves to be blogged!

I found a group called Adaptive Sports and Adventures that offers adaptive water skiing.

So I signed Adam up.
He is always ready to try new things.
He has no fear!

So these four and myself headed up to Lake Norman.

It was so worth the hour plus drive.

Just as we thought, Adam LOVED it!

He is on a single ski with an outrigger.
He is in a chair but not strapped to the chair in case he tips over he will float out.

The next time we go he will ski without the outriggers and he will be able to control the ski. 
He can lean and make the ski go where he wants.
After that we will teach him to hold the rope himself.
The way he skis now is with it attached to the ski.

Then he went for a jet ski ride.

So did AK.

Thank you to all the volunteers that make this possible.
Just look at Adam's face.
He had a blast!

We celebrated by going out for Mexican food.
Mexican food is almost always part of out celebrations!

We celebrated Adam's first time water skiing and the end of C.J.'s summer school.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beach 2012

We had such a nice time at the beach this year!

The weather was perfect!

Samantha and Adam were like little sand crabs and stayed
on the beach playing in 
the sand or the water the whole time.

Adam tried to boogie board and loved it.
Later in the week Audrey Kate wanted to surprise Adam with his own boogie board.
She used her own money and bought him one with a blue tie-dye design.
Adam was so excited!

Sam also loved to ride the waves. Stephen helped both of them learn how to catch the waves.

That is AK in the wave. She LOVES the water and only rarely comes out to eat or drink.
Otherwise, despite shark sightings, she is in the water.

One day the weather was so cool and the waves were good.
That is unusual for Holden Beach.
Greg got to pursue his passion of 20 years ago and surfed.
He and his his friend Chris are headed to Nicaragua next month to surf so
this was his opportunity to see if it truly was just like riding a bike.
I hope Nicaragua has better surf!

Here's C.J. catching a wave.

Audrey Kate was in a sweatshirt it was so cool.
Truly it felt like October a couple of mornings.

And lastly here's Stephen catching a wave.

Thanks Mimi and Pappy for 20+ years of vacations.

The memories are priceless and will be with all of us forever.