Saturday, November 5, 2011

Halloween Treats

Here's a peek at this year's Halloween festivities:

Our Annual Spooky Halloween Tree
Checking out pumpkins

Planning their jack-o-lantern designs

The end results. Spooooky!
Getting mummified
Sean as Darth Vader
Coming soon... Angry Birds, Ninja version!
Ready to make the rounds
Trick or Treat!
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!
Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kyle!

Nine years old. A perfect age for party games - especially Minute to Win it party games! We invited Kyle's friends over and challenged them to game after game of physical and mental challenges. There was the candy elevator, kite hat circle run (not the real name of the game, but an accurate description nonetheless!), breakfast scramble, Oreo face off, and a number of others that only resulted in blurry pictures and giggles. Happy Birthday, Kyle! Each year you get older and smarter and you're going to be taller than me in just a few short years, but you'll always be my little guy.

Peach Picking

One of the benefits of living in North Carolina is the availability of fresh, local produce. Especially the kind you can pick yourself! We took a trip up to Virginia (about an hour drive) and picked peaches to our heart's content. We then took a short drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and then stopped to enjoy a picnic lunch and watch bikers on their Harley Davidson motorcycles rumble by. It was a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and welcome in the fall.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sean!

Sean turned two at the beginning of the summer. Lincoln, Eli, Sammy and Shay came over to celebrate his special day. Water guns, stickers, balls, balloons and chocolate cake. Couldn't ask for a more perfect day!

Happy Birthday, Little Guy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Back to School

The requisite first day of school picture.

Monday, July 11, 2011

First in Flight

While at the Outer Banks we had the chance to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial where Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew the first manned aircraft. We flew kites, hiked to the memorial and walked the track where the historical flight took place.

Kyle flying a kite made out of a garbage bag

At the memorial

Checking out the track.

What really struck me at the memorial was how many times the brothers failed before they found success. They were numerous setbacks and it was years working in some pretty harsh conditions until they were able to successfully fly their glider. I'm no aviation aficionado, but I was really impressed by their story and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the memorial.

In front of a replica of the historical plane.
(We saw the original at the Air and Space Museum in DC)

After successfully completing the Jr. Ranger program, Kyle was sworn in and given his badge.

What a day! Thank goodness this guy didn't have to drive us home...

If you ever find yourself at the Outer Banks, be sure to check out the Wright Brother's National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Beach Boys

We spent a week at the Outer Banks, NC. It was beautiful! The boys loved playing in the sand and the surf and Marc and I enjoyed basking in the sun and listening to the rhythmic sounds of the ocean. I was so worried that I was going to be disappointed. After all, when you grow up in Hawaii you become somewhat of a beach snob. But the Atlantic Ocean won me over. The water was clear and refreshing, (Once you got past the breaking waves, you could see fish and even your feet!), the sand was soft and clean, and the waves weren't bad either. We bought a boogie board and Kyle spent an entire day riding the waves - that's my boy! :)

While it wasn't quite Makapu'u, here's a look at Kyle in action.

I have to admit, I was one proud mama! :)

Like Kyle, Sean loved playing in the ocean and spent hours charging the waves with help from mom and dad. Here's a glimpse of our little beach bum (pun intended).

It was a perfect vacation! There was so much to do at the Outer Banks (in the next few days I'll follow up with more posts on our other adventures) but hands down, my favorite time was spent on the beach.

Wish you were here!