Monday, July 27, 2015

Before and After

Today is a super big day for Noah!
Here he is before...

Here he is after... Braces!

As his permanent teeth are coming in, he simply doesn't have enough space to fit them all.  The solution for him is a short-term treatment of braces in his young age.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but he chose maize and blue bands for his braces.  He's been really excited about today, and he's motivated to take good care of his new orthodontics.  

Here is Noah and his orthodontist in front of a huge University of Michigan football stadium mural.  His orthodontist graduated from Michigan, so they're a perfect match for each other!

Noah and Isaac at the "Selfie Station" after his appointment.

Afterwards, we went to Chick-Fil-A for milkshakes.  There's no better way to start off braces than with a milkshake :-)

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Wow!  What a day!  

Noah and Isaac both competed in triathlons today.  They've both competed in triathlons before, but those were at a familiar YMCA.  Today we were at the Huntersville Aquatic Center, which is a much more expansive (and intimidating!) venue.  Once the boys found their lanes and figured out how to put on a swim cap, their nerves settled and they were ready to go!

Isaac, sitting patiently, waiting for his group to start

Can you spy Isaac sitting on the other end of the pool?

Isaac swam one lap, then jumped on his bike for about a half mile, then ran 100 yards to the finish line.  It was awesome to see him compete, but we didn't get any actual photos of those moments.

Isaac at the finish line!

Then, it was Noah's turn.  

Can you spy Noah sitting at the far edge of the pool?  

Noah swam two laps, then biked about a mile and ran about 1/3 mile.

Noah crossing the finish line!

Our triathletes!

They both loved it, and they can't wait to do it again next summer!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"The Best Week of My Life!"

Noah declared that last week was the best week of his life!  He spent the week at the Engineering Camp Charlotte Day Camp, and every day he came home buzzing about all the awesome engineering challenges that he worked on.  He loved every minute of it!  

Noah on his first day of Engineering Camp

On Friday, parents came to camp to watch the campers demonstrate some of their projects.  Noah is about to launch his parachute.

Noah's beach ball sling shot rocket is about to be launched.

Noah's beach ball tied for first place for the longest launch!

Noah's motorized carnival ride

Marble run

Another best thing about camp was eating in a university dining hall.  Noah raved about the food and loved the independence of choosing his own lunch, drink and dessert.

While Noah was at Engineering Camp, Isaac attended "Mommy Camp."  Isaac was equally enthusiastic about his camp week!  He got to choose most of the activities and loved having Mommy all to himself.  Here, Isaac is working on painting his wooden dragster that he made as part of "Wood Day" at Mommy Camp.

Isaac wanted to celebrate his stuffed sea turtle's birthday, so he put candles in an apple. 

Turtle turned two, but he got a few bonus candles for fun.

Isaac at 5 and a half.  Since when did 5 and a half look so grown up?  

Playing with a new Hot Wheels set

After our camp week was finished, we went to visit Marilyn in Atlanta, and we had a great lunch experience at Stone Mountain.

Such a beautiful area!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sandy Fun

At low tide, Fripp Island has tidal pools that were perfect for the boys.  The pools were waist deep in some places and even had small fish.  

The whole crew worked to dig canals to connect tidal pools together.

Isaac, Noah and Ryan worked to create the "World's Largest Hole"

The boys created "Sand City"

And the crowning achievement of the week - a sand turtle sculpture!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Beach Vacation

Hey there!  It's been quite a while, but we're still here!

We had a great time last week at Fripp Island, South Carolina.  The weather was hot and the beach was hours of fun every day. 
Noah spent hours looking for shells.  He found some great ones!

Isaac loved digging in the sand and boogie boarding.

More beach pictures will be coming soon!