Friday, July 30, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Family Vacation 2010

This year for our annual family vacation, with all my sisters and their families, we rented a house just outside of Myrtle Beach, SC. Matt and I, along with Carter, actually snuck away a few days early to spend some time with Nana and Papa Wynberry in Charleston before spending the rest of the week with all the Mennel girls and our kids. It was so nice to see Charleston again. No matter how many times we go it just never gets old. I love all the water, the huge houses, the history and the food! We spent the days playing in the water, collecting shells and watching dolphins and the nights were spent into the Wii hours catching up and bowling on the Wii!

Above Carter is searching for (and I think he found) the perfect shells with Nana

If you know Carter, then you know that old ships, big cannons and pirate artifacts are right up his alley. He was all smiles at Charleston's Queen Anne' s Revenge. The food was really good but the real pirate artifacts where even neater!

And then our four days in Charleston came to an end so we packed up and headed north just a bit to Garden City, just south of Myrtle Beach!

Above Keira and Carter are hanging out in Pawleys Island, which is known for their Hammocks. I found it ironic that the little old man who spends his days weaving these ever so comfortable hammocks has never owned one and says that when he heads home he heads straight to his bed...not the best sales pitch but the simple God's honest truth!

Shawna, Don, Keira and Kalen soakin' up some sun and diggin' in the sand!

Shae had the time of her life out in the waves while Ty preferred to stay on the beach...poor Shae loved it so much she ended up with swimmers ear and poor Ty found himself buried up to his neck with help from all the little ones!

Uncle Justin serenaded us all with his ukulele

Oh my goodness, we all had such a good time crab hunting at night. It was just too bad that Uncle Justin was the only one out of all of us that was lucky enough to catch anything. But the kids had fun regardless. They were able to run around, get wet and chase each other with flashlights, so they couldn't really have cared less about catching a crab!

Oh and did I mention how peaceful and relaxing this vacation was?!

My lil' love bug is getting too big

I don't know why I love this picture the way I do, the shell is well sub-standard and you cannot see his sweet baby face but I think it has something to do with those sweet little fingers that still love to hold his momma's hand...and the fact that he was so completely excited because he found "the bestest shell"

Kalen, Carter, Ceili, Keira, Shae, Ty and Keaton
When the kids are happy we are all happy!

and then the same came up on our very last day and we headed back to Indy with sand on our floorboards, sun on our skin, and memories in our heart...who could be happier!

and you wouldn't believe that I just deleted a picture that i really wanted to post and I am at work so here is this for now and I will post it later....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Father's Day Camping Trip

Ok, so after 10 years of camping together in a tent, Matt and I finally decided that it was time to take a step up in the camping world and start this season off as new trailer owners. So here we are happily posing in front of our, at least new to us, camper!!

My most favorite part of any camping trip is the hour just before bed when Carter jumps up in my lap for a little cuddle time around the fire...even if it is 10 pm and still 90 degrees!

Rain really isn't a factor when you come equipped with rain boots...this is a little boys camping heaven. Rain, water, mud, and bugs!

Just a pretty little waterfall at the Fort Wayne Zoo

Kalen, Keira, Carter, Ceili and Keaton!

Oh my goodness..we had such a blast making trip after trip down this water slide at the state park where we were camping.

Ceili, Keaton, Carter, and Marilyn taking a break from all that water sliding.

Uncle David helps Carter and Ceili during the water balloon toss.

Grandpa and Matt are neck to neck in a little round of field day fun at our Fathers Day Cookout.

Ceili and Carter love their papaw more than words could ever say!

We had such a good time hanging out and spending time with almost 70 family members. We are so blessed to have such a large and close family and I cherish the times we are able to spend together. Next up....Myrtle Beach in T - 6 days!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

So far, this summer has been

plenty of Popsicle eating
play gym playing

back porch sitting, sunset watching kind of fun...and I have thoroughly enjoyed soaking up every second of it!
stayed tuned for pics from camping