My Dad came in town this past weekend and as usual, we had a fabulous time with him. He stayed on Daniel Island and Mike, the boys and I spent Friday and Saturday with him. Along with all the fun just being together provided, we were also able to take a trip down memory lane. When Mike and I were married (almost 4 years ago), all of our out of town guests stayed at the same hotel on Daniel Island that we stayed at this weekend and I got ready on our wedding day in a suite exactly like the one we stayed in this weekend. Ah, yes, a very bitter sweet weekend. I realized that it would be the last time Papa came and visited us in SOUTH CAROLINA. I know Mike, the boys and I will be back here often, but most likely our visits with Grandma and Papa will be in VA or FL. Well, we didn’t let these sad thoughts ruin our weekend. On Friday afternoon as we waited for Mike to get in from GA, we spent a couple hours at one of the greatest parks I have ever been too. A friend of mine who lives near Daniel Island has spoken of this park often, but I’d never had a chance to find it. How sad it is that we’ve missed out on enjoying it these past few years, but we will surely go again before we move.
Here are the boys (fittingly) in front of a sign at the park-
Pirate Park (the play structure is shaped like a pirate ship)-
Mikey was a little unsure of THIS slide-
So he let B try it first-
He did do it on his own once
HE is a treasure-
It was such a beautiful day, we took a walk around the lake. I couldn’t help but snap pictures of the beautiful view-
Charleston’s beautiful bridge in the distance-
B stopped and tried to climb a tree-
I LOVE those guys (Mikey got Papa to carry him some)-
Papa and B racing (Mikey said, “wait for me!”)-
The light rain didn’t stop us from hitting the beach Saturday. It was cool, windy and the water FREEZING, but still worth it when you are 3 weeks away from moving AWAY from the beach-
“My Boys and Me”!-
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE him?-
The boys got to play in the sand a few minutes before it started raining harder-
We went to dinner near the hotel and sat outside on the beautiful patio. Mikey spotted the cookies in the lobby on our way out and was tortured having to wait until AFTER dinner to eat it. He wouldn’t put it down-
We had the whole patio to ourselves so Mikey didn’t have to “sit still.”
Mike snapped this one at just the right time-
17 more days till the big move!!!!!
A few entries back, I wrote about Braeden and Mikey’s imaginary friends. I thought it would be neat to write about their NON-Imaginary (yet non-human) friends. They are all so cute and they are all so meaningful to the boys. The great thing is, they are not totally attached to one particularly. They are all favorites and although the boys do favor one over the other at times, one can easily replace the other say if, one is in the wash, or we left one at home and are spending the night out etc. Now keep in mind these are only a handful of the “animals” that the boys actually own. They are blog entry worthy because of all the other ones they have to trade out, of all the others that may spark interest for a day or two but then make their way back into the bin, they guys are a constant in the bed at night. Even when an “intruder” animal comes in for a short time, these ones are STILL in the bed too.
SO, let me introduce you to…..
“Rolly”- He is the first of “the favorites” to join our household. He was picked out by Braeden, but purchased by Nana at Gulf World in Panama City over 5 years ago. Braeden simply LOVES him and came up with the name on his own. He is washed at least once a month and has held up great. Mikey has become quite fond of him as well, and Braeden even looked for one for him on his last trip to Panama City.
Next up is “Eagle Bear-” Eagle Bear was brought to our home by Santa Clause the first year Mike and I were married. Mike put the hint in Santa’s ear. It’s a tradition that the boys get a “non-imaginary friend” aka “stuffed animal” in their stocking at Christmas and Braeden was especially happy about this one. Braeden does the “E A G L E S, EAGLES!” chant with him.
Then there is “Doggie!” Doggie is also a Webkinz and although (thankfully) Braeden never got into Webkinz World on the computer, he loves this little guy. Sadly I can not remember where he came from, but feel certain Braeden will know right away when I ask him.
Now, on to Mikey’s little love’s
We all remember “Unny!” Poor Unny isn’t really seen very often anymore which is strange because of ALL of these guys, Unny is the one that was NEEDED and WANTED the most. He went with us everywhere for about a year and he was washed SO much that the “Jesus Loves Me” song stopped playing. I was ecstatic when I found another one while vacationing at my parents last year-
Naturally, it was shortly after I found this “back up” Unny, that Mikey lost interest in him. WE DO STILL LOVE YOU UNNY!
Who knows, maybe he will make a comeback. If he does, we are prepared. The “back up” Unny (although he too no longer sings) is in perfect condition. The original is missing an eyeball! Btw, Original Unny was a gift from Grandma when Mikey was born. Comeback or not, he will always be special and remain a part of our family.
“Bear” was Unny’s replacement. He was actually one of the animals I bought before Mikey was born. He actually came dressed in a blue bunny costume, but Mikey took it off. Bear has been his favorite and night time buddy for about 9 months. I like him cuz he is super soft. He and Rolly feel almost identical. Bear too is frequently washed and has held up well.
This guy doesn’t have a name (yet). My sister sent it to Mikey for Easter and it appears to be making it past the “intruder” phase and into the “favorites” phase. Mikey really likes him. He is a Doggie dressed as a Bunny- super cute.
He’s also a great accessory in one of my new FAVORITE pictures of Mikey-
Another cute one-
And last but not least is our newest addition “Charlie”- Mikey picked him out at the River Dogs game a couple weeks ago. He, like, “No name” is proving to make it into the “favorites” club! BTW, if you have a little girl, you can get a “Chelsey” she is Charlie’s side kick!
Here is Mikey petting a REAL animal (well insect)- A little lizard.
Oh, and garage sale was good. We made $120.00 in 5 hours while getting sun tanned. Saturday night, Mike and I went on a date to see Date Night. It was SO SO funny. I laughed so hard at times I was crying. YES, we ARE taking advantage of the fact that we have a FREE babysitter (or one at all) for the next 3 weeks. Sunday we had a very lazy day around the house. The boys enjoyed the new slip n’ slide that Mike’s Mom bought. It came with little boogie boards, but Mikey would just run and slide on his butt at the very end. He did enjoy holding his “surf board.”
We are SO excited for this Friday- PAPA comes in town!
Last weekend was another jam-packed weekend. I’ve mentioned before that Mike’s Mom cares for Mikey as well as two other little girls who are sisters (Sayelor is 2 and Piper is 8 months old). We love those 2 little girls SO much (and their parents) and I know Sayelor and Mikey are going to be lost without one another. Sayelor and Piper were both premature babies. Sayelor was almost 3 months early and Piper was 5 weeks early. Both babies spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit at MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina). Every 2 years, MUSC hosts a reunion for all the babies that “graduated” from the unit and their families. We were invited to join their family this year and we had so much fun. I’ve never seen so many multiples (LOTS of twins and triplets) and they all looked so healthy and perfect! Here are some pictures from the event. It was a gorgeous day.
Mikey’s favorite was this merry-go-round. He went on it so many times and got mad when the woman tried to take him off (there was no one waiting). At one point he lifted his hat in the air and started waving with it.
After we went home for naps, we decided that since there had been no baseball all week because of Spring Break, we’d get our fill at a Rivers Dogs game. We went to the park that’s just outside the stadium. Braeden and Harley loved that they had a big open field to play catch and Mikey just loved the playground and that it had 3 or 4 slides (or “sliding boards” as he calls them).
Sunday, little Piper was Dedicated at her church. After the service we went out to Sullivan’s Island for lunch at Poe’s (one of the BEST hamburger places around). Since we were so close to the water, but we were in our church clothes (and therefore didn’t attempt a walk on the beach), we HAD to find Mikey some water. This fountain suited well-
So, here it is already Thursday again. We have another busy weekend planned. Braeden has a game tomorrow night; we are having a garage sale on Saturday morning; Harley has a game Saturday afternoon and we are hitting the beach on Sunday! I’ll let ya know how it all turns out.
This made me SO happy, that I felt it deserved its OWN post. After a disappointing first at bat which was not at ALL his fault (he plays machine pitch and at times the machine can be finicky and the pitches were coming in way high then way low). He tried so hard to make contact with the lousy pitches and did make contact several times (foul or tip) and got out when the catcher caught the foul-tip on the third strike.
His NEXT at bat went like this- Bottom of the last inning; 2 outs; his team down 2-0; NO runners on base; he HITS the ball and a 2-Out Rally begins. We WIN 4-0!!!!!
It was quite intense, I had to tell myself to be quiet a few times, only to yell some more, but it was all exactly WHY I love sports and why I take the games so seriously!
So far our record for the season: 2 wins and 1 loss