Thursday, December 27, 2012
Well... We didn't quite make it to Ocracoke today. We tried...
The Hatteras ferry ran aground yesterday. I thought that was a freak occurrence and wouldn't happen again. We made it all the way onto the ferry and half-way through the crossing when the ferry coming the other way ran aground. So, our captain decided to turn around and head back to Hatteras. He didn't even want to risk turning the boat around to have cars drive off, so all cars had to be backed off the ferry in reverse. Apparently the water is just too low right now and they are having a tough time getting the ferries across.
Although I am sad that we didn't make it to Ocracoke Island, we ended up having a very nice day in Hatteras and a nice lunch. I am just happy that we didn't get stuck on the island, or even worse, stuck in the middle of the channel for hours waiting for the tide to rise.
Here are the few pictures that I did take today:
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
This year we are spending Christmas week with my family at a beach house in the Outer Banks. It is great having everyone together.
Yesterday was our "party day." We spent the afternoon making ornaments for the Christmas tree. Production was prolific, but here are a few of the best ornaments:
3-D Santa (Lee), Gary as a reindeer (Erica)
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This week has been busy with the boys wrapping up school before Winter Break. They both have parties at school and special theme days.
This is a picture from Caleb's holiday school performance of "How the Grinch Stole School." It was a very cute production and he loved being on stage.
We are leaving for the Outer Banks on Saturday. We plan to spend tomorrow packing and are then off for a fun adventure with the Meyers!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Laura was at dinner with a friend, so I took the opportunity to wrap her Christmas gifts. I was just finishing when Graysen came downstairs to see what I was doing.
Graysen: What'd you get Momma, Daddy?Graysen considered this for a moment.
Me: Can't tell you.
Me: Because you'll tell Momma.
Graysen: If you tell me, I won't tell Momma.I could tell he wanted very badly to be trusted. I wanted to trust him.
Me: I'm not so sure.
Graysen: If you tell me, I won't tell Momma.
Me: I got her a dress. Now, you can't tell her. Promise you won't tell.Later, Laura got home.
Graysen: I promise.
Me: That's a good boy.
Graysen: And I promise I won't tell you I got you a puzzle for Christmas.
Me [Realizing I've made a horrible mistake]: Thanks.
Laura: So Graysen, how was your night with Daddy?Baby Ghost is Graysen's favorite stuffed toy. It was a clever lie, but Laura figured it out...
Graysen: I bought Baby Ghost a dress for Christmas. I can't tell her.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
For the first time in my adult life, I decided to have a real tree for Christmas. It was quite the adventure today, and I cannot say that I was prepared for the mess that real trees make, but in the end it smells wonderful and looks beautiful. Here are a few pictures from our day:
The "tree farm," also known as a trailer parked in front of Costco, but Mommy didn't think that you could beat $27.99 for an 8 foot Fraiser Fur at a tree farm.
The boys were very excited. They thought that it was SO silly to put a live tree in your house.
It fits! Yay!
Sawing off the end turned out to be harder than Lee anticipated.
The tree turned out to be HUGE! Much bigger than our artificial tree. This made Mommy even more excited about the $27.99 price!
The boys had a blast decorating the tree. Every year the boys get to buy one special ornament each and I try to buy an ornament every time that we go on vacation. This makes the decorating process fun and full of memories. Gray bought an Iron Man ornament this year and Caleb bought Thor. The tree turned out really pretty.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Graysen had a cardiology appointment this past Friday. His heart looks absolutely wonderful. The doctor is very pleased with the performance of his homograph (engineered pulmonary artery and valve). He said that there is some narrowing and slight leakage, but that it is performing at the best level that can be expected. He said that it will need to be replaced, but he is anticipating that surgery will not occur before Graysen turns six and could be even later.
Overall, it could not have been a better visit and Gray isn't due back until August!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The theme for today was definitely "public transportation." The boys absolutely love to ride the bus and the Metro. It is their favorite thing to do here. Both Auntie and Uncie had to work today, so we decided to use meeting Uncie for lunch as a good excuse to ride the bus two times and the metro four times.
The boys waiting for the MetroBus.
This is the Cannon Building which houses offices for many of the congressmen. Uncie works for a congressman from Virginia and this is where he works. Of course, the boys had to do some "training" while they waited for Uncie.
We ate lunch out of a truck?! The boys love the fact that there are lots of "food trucks" throughout the city. This grilled cheese themed truck was perfect for the boys!
After lunch, Uncie gave us a tour of his building and then took us on a tour of the tunnels that run under the Capitol and associated buildings.
Before leaving, the boys got to enjoy ice cream underground in the cafeteria. Caleb loved the fact that it was underground.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The boys and I are spending Fall Break visiting Auntie and Uncie in DC. We had a great first day. Here is a summary of our what we did:
The day started off at Union Station where we caught the Metro to the Smithsonian.
The boys loved riding the Metro. They became experts at navigating the different lines.
Our first stop was the Museum of Natural History.
The boys loved seeing the REAL mummy. Gray has been asking about mummies ever since I put Mr. Mummy in my yard at the beginning of the month. He was fascinated to discover that they are real, and amazingly, he is very happy that they are dead. I believe that makes them less likely to chase him.
Caleb was brave and held some sort of big freaky grasshopper-thingy.
For lunch, we had a picnic on the lawn. It was a beautiful setting.
After lunch, the boys asked if they could "train." They are obsessed with samurai/ninja training, just like the Power Rangers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do.
Then, we went to Air & Space.