Saturday, August 20, 2011

We're off to the beach again for more fun in the sun!
See you next week!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Last night, I ran my second 5k!!!  Woo-hoo!  It was so much more fun than the one that I ran a few weeks ago.  Already looking forward to our next one in a few weeks!

{Don't we look cute in our vibrant colors?  Ha, ha!}

{me, Kaitlin, Jen, Sarah & Andrea}  
Jen and I started the couch to 5k program at about the same time a few months ago.  So proud of us that we finished it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sam's 1st birthday party!

We celebrated Sam's 1st birthday while we were at the beach.  I remembered that the cottage we always rent has a nautical theme with the decor, so I decided to go with it.  It was a little stressful planning a party for when we were away from home, but it turned out so great and looking back, I'm so glad we did.  Sam loves being at the beach and I think he loved having his party there too.

{My favorite boys} 

 {Marc made paper sailboats and sailor hats.  The boats ended up being a big hit with the kids.}

 {We had goodie bags ready for the kids to bring down to the beach.}

 {Birthday boy loved the decorations}

 {Poppy was in her glory, with an audience to read to.}

 {in anticipation of his first bite of cake}

{cupcakes, choco strawberries, and a big cake just for Sam} 

{he didn't hesitate at all with his 'smash cake'} 

{my children do enjoy their desserts} 

{A week before the party, I asked Marc if he could make a paper sailboat to put on top of Sam's cake.  He spent hours making a paper mache/ fabric keepsake boat for him instead.  Didn't it turn out cute?}

 {time to open presents!}

{after presents, we all headed down to the beach to light paper lanterns (I may or may not have gotten that idea from Tangled) but it was waaay too windy to light them that night.}

{my sweet birthday boy}

{he was such a mess by the end of the night, and the cottage only has a stand-up shower, so I had the brilliant idea to give him a bath in the cooler.  He loved it!  He stayed in there forever and did not want to get out!}

Happy Birthday Sammy!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Crystal Beach (part 1)

Finally!  For the first time in 3 weeks I am able to upload pics!  I am so behind that I don't even know where to begin!  I guess I'll start with our week at the beach.  Here are a few of the highlights...

{Poppy decided that she could put her own sunblock on.  Ha!}

{perfect weather.  every day.}

{Poppy loved being in the water, as always.  And Sam surprised us by loving the water as well!}

{of course, there was plenty of ice cream}

 {did I mention the weather was perfect?}

And this is what I found in Poppy's room on our last day.  It was dinner time and she skipped her nap to play at the beach all day...then she told me she was going to listen to an audiobook on her ipod...zzzzzz.

We had a perfect week at the cottage.  We always make the best memories while we're at the beach.  Looking forward to going back for another week at the end of the month!  I have a ton more pics, including Sam's beach birthday party.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'm still here!  We came home from the beach this past weekend and we've been super busy ever since we walked in the door.  I ran my first 5k last weekend!  I've been sucked into a ton of really good books lately!  We're going blueberry picking bright and early tomorrow morning!  See?  Busy!

I have tons of pics to share, but we are still in the middle of the biggest hard drive backup in the history of the world.  I'm in the process of burning every picture and video to dvd before Marc backs them all up to our new external hd.  And it's taking forever!  Tons of pics to post soon!
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