Our beach visit this year was a lot of fun with A LOT of kids!!! The Thomas family all went up and we stayed in our house while they stayed in the house next door. All-in-all we had 9 kids, Harbin was the oldest and all the rest were 5 and under! Amazingly enough, the kids had a blast playing together and there were very few conflicts.
The older girls, Catherine, Lydia, and Elizabeth became very close and you can see in the pics, that they were often hanging out together. Harbin kind of hovered between hanging with Matthew (the older crowd) and William (the younger crowd). But, definitely through the whole vacattion no one got left out!
We created some new memories this year. For starters, someone thought it would be a great idea to bring the baby pool to the beach for the younger kids to play in. After Adrianne and Katherine (Jonathan's sister, not my Catherine) brought bucket loads of water up to fill the pool, it quickly became not only a play place for the little kids, but also became a really large sandbox for the sand fleas! The kids had fun catching the little critters and putting them into the pool. I am not really sure how this is much different than the actual beach since once they dig into the sand, you can't really find them anyway, but they had fun doing it!
I had the misfortune of getting a terrible abcess on the back of my neck. It got worse and worse and became extremely painful, so I finally let Stephen use a "sterilized" steak knife to open it up!! Ok, so I know all of you are like "what, are you crazy?" Well, first let me add, Stephen is a doctor and his wife is a former nurse and this thing hurt like CRAZY and it was 4th of July and the ER would have been packed with true crazy people who blew themselves up playing with fireworks. So, all said, this was the best option. Adrianne held my hand the whole time, and I am pretty sure the "surgery" hurt her more than it hurt me. The abcess drained some over the next few days, but continued to get worse and eventually I visited not only the ER, but also my doc at home. The pain and swelling eventually went away once we were home, but for about 2 weeks, I could hardly turn my head it was so painful.
One of my favorite nights had to have been our "Actionary" night. This is a new game that Harbin and the kids invented. It's pretty much Pictionary but because most of the kids can't read...we just tell them the word and then they act it out. It was HILARIOUS watching them try to either act out their own version or act out exactly what we were telling them to do. We were rolling in laughter at each point in the game and it really was a special beach house memory.
Well, I know I am still many months behind in my blog. I am trying to catch up but it seems like there aren't enough hours in each day. We're closing out a semester, getting ready for the holidays and majorly renovating the house. Each moment is spent working on all of that or sleeping! Hopefully I will be able to get a bunch posted soon! We did get Christmas pics taken, so maybe I'll be able to at least update the top photo soon (although I love that pic of me, which is really RARE).
Hmmm... what to say... well there's six of us. Scott is the dad- he used to be in the army, but then started teaching high school chemistry, and now got called back to the army. I'm the mom- Kimberly- I attempt to hold down the happenings at home while attempting to continue a career in real estate. Harbin is our oldest- he's 7. Catherine is our daughter who's 5, Lydia is almost 4 and Ella is almost 2. We live just outside of Atlanta, GA and attend Shadowbrook Baptist Church.
As you can tell we are big Peyton Manning fans. We also love VOLS Tennessee Football!!!
We homeschool and love the flexibility to wake up late and hang out in our PJ's (amongst other weird homeschooling things we do).
For the Great-Grandma's (and those who don't know how to print pictures from here)
UPDATE: how to save pics from slideshow.
1. Click on the picture, this will bring up the slideshow site.
2. Stop the show from cycling through the pics.
3. Right click on the pic and scroll down to print.
Please let me know if this does not work for you- thanks!
Here's how you can save and print pictures from this site.
1. Right click (use that button you never use on your mouse) on the picture you want.
2. On the menu, select "save picture as". This will allow you to save the picture somewhere on your computer.
3. At the top of the box that pops up, it should say "Save in:". The easiest is to save on your desktop, so change the bar to say desktop.
4. Click save. You should now be able to find the picture file on your desktop and open it. You can print it from there.
Hopefully this makes sense!!! If for some reason the picture prints poorly, just email me and I will send you whatever pic you want!