Saturday, May 23, 2009

Finally! A Perfect Day at the Beach!

We are so happy that our vacation ended with a perfect day at the beach! We spent all morning there, playing in the water and sand. Matt and Noah had fun making a race track/sandcastle, and Noah could drive his cars through a tunnel that Matt made. We set up our beach tent and ate lunch on the beach - something we had tried unsuccessfully to do earlier in the week. Grammy and Grandad got into full "relaxation" mode and really enjoyed the beautiful day too! The only bad part was that we had to say good-bye to them so they could go back to Michigan. Noah had so much fun with them, we hope to see them again soon! Here's our pictures.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Beautiful Day in Charleston

We had an absolutely beautiful day in Charleston, SC! We took a horse-drawn carriage tour around the city and learned all about the history of Charleston. The city has done such a great job of preserving it's fascinating history! Noah enjoyed the first part of the tour, when he saw a garbage truck and a bus. Then, he fell fast asleep on Grammy's lap! We had a delicious southern lunch at Poogan's Porch - fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, sweet potato fries, and of course, sweet tea! Yummy! Here's our pictures.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Grammy and Grandad at the Beach

Grammy and Grandad flew from Detroit, MI to Charleston, SC and drove to Kiawah Island to join us on our vacation. We are so happy to have them here! Noah was napping when the arrived at the rental house (well, he was trying to nap, he never actually fell asleep). When he came out of his room and saw that Grammy and YaYa (he calls Grandad YaYa) were here, he started laughing so hard that he fell down on the ground. I think that was the most enthusiastic greeting that he's ever given anyone!

We went to the ocean right after a big storm had passed, and there were all sorts of interesting things that had washed up on the beach. Grammy has quite a knack for finding seashells, and she started a big collection that she added to over the next couple of days. Noah had the most fun playing with sticks and drawing in the sand. He figured out how to draw big O's around himself by putting the stick in the sand and turning around.

We drove to The Sanctuary and enjoyed the beautiful hotel and scenery. Noah loved the large staircase - he sat on the stairs, then laid down and didn't want to leave. I guess he has good taste!

Here's some pictures from the beginning of Grammy and Grandad's trip to the beach.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Cold Day at the Beach

It's not turning out to be the perfect beach week that we had hoped for, but we're still having a great vacation. We went to the beach today between thunderstorms, and Noah had fun finding shells again. It was too windy and cold to stay for long, so we also went to the playground, and Matt and Noah had fun riding around on their bike. Noah loved riding in the toddler seat, as you can see from these pictures.
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Monday, May 18, 2009

Firefighter Noah

What do you do when it rains all day at the beach? Go to a museum! We sent to the Fire Museum in North Charleston, SC and were pleasantly surprised to find a great museum geared toward kids. Noah's favorite thing to do was climbing the ladder and sliding down the slide. He wanted to slide down the fire pole all by himself, but he'll need to wait a few more years for that one. There was a great fire truck driving simulator, and Noah had fun honking the horn while he drove the truck. Here's the pictures.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shells, Mommy! Shells!

We came to Kiawah Island in South Carolina for a week of relaxation in the sun, but the forecast looks like rain! That's ok - we're going to the beach in between thunderstorms, and it's nice to not have the sun beating down on us. Noah loves the beach! He likes to wade around in the water and find shells. He doesn't want to collect them, though. He wants to return all of them to the ocean. We're really looking forward to this long week of relaxation.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Noah is Going to be a Big Brother!!!

We have exciting news! Noah is going to be a big brother! His baby brother or sister is due on October 28th, which means I am 15 weeks pregnant. I felt nauseous for quite a few weeks, but I'm feeling much better now. I'm tired all the time, and I nap when Noah naps in the afternoon. We are so excited about this little baby, and we get giddy every time I feel a kick. Matt has felt a few kicks already too!

I haven't been doing too much blogging lately because I've either been sleeping or feeling nauseous during the times I would normally be posting. I have quite a few posts stored up, and I'm going to be adding them when I get a chance. I'll be posting them on the dates they actually happened, so to see the new posts, you'll need to scroll down on the page.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Noah!

We kissed our one-year-old boy good-night last night for the last time, and today we are having fun celebrating Noah's second birthday! We went to Dan Nichols Park in Salisbury, NC and spent the morning having a birthday celebration. Noah loved the train, but could not figure out why anyone would have fun on the carousel, as you can see from our pictures. He had fun looking at many different animals in the zoo and petting zoo area.

Noah has figured out how to hold up two fingers to show that he's two years old now - it's a pretty difficult task! His new word of the day is "happy" because this is his happy birthday day, and he loves it when we sing Happy Birthday to him.
When he woke up from his nap this afternoon, he had a fabulous time opening his presents. He loved the drum from Grandad and Grammy, the Elmo books from Uncle Mark and Aunt Tanya, and the PlayDoh fun farm from us. The hit of the night was our big present to him - Rokenbok Beginning Builder set (which we got for a steal on ebay). We knew he would like it because he had played with it at our friend's house. Noah very quickly learned how to operate the remote control dump truck , and he loves it when the balls go into the hopper and up the conveyor belt. It is the perfect toy for him!
Happy birthday to our sweet boy!!