Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall is here! But first, let's do a little recap of the end of summer...

I celebrated my 30th birthday, yes, my 30th!!! I can't believe I'm already 30. I'm supposed to have it all together by now, right?! Well, maybe I can shoot for that goal by 35:) Andrew took me out for a nice Italien dinner using a groupon, and then to see Guys and Dolls and Wolf Trap, an outdoor theater. It was a perfect way to celebrate! My hubby is so good to me:) On my actual birthday, I got a sitter so I could get a mani/pedi, new clothes, and new running shoes. It was definitely relaxing and I highly recommend it. That evening, we went out with the kids and then came home for a homemade icecream cake- half PB and chocolate and the other half mint and chocolate. What a perfect way to celebrate my 30th:)

The kids and I kept busy by going to lots of playgroups, including an awesome splash park, Burke Lake Park, which has a cool train and carousel, Pirates Cove again, and the lake and pool.

My cute, crazy kiddos:

KK let me french braid her hair!

The kids' favorite pasttime is trying on our shoes!

KK loves to put as many "headbams" on her head as possible
Nate did this puzzle all by himself with no help (the 2nd or 3rd time!)

The kids and their "Dora backpacks" from a birthday party, and of course, KK in her sunglasses- she's obsessed!

Later in the month, we went to OBX with our good friends from Maryland, the Murphys. We had an awesome week with great weather and enjoyed laying out in the sun, swimming to our hearts' content, playing games and watching movies late into the night, and we even enjoyed a date night sponsored by Court's mom- she watched the kids and paid for dinner- she was great and the kids had to fight over who got to spend time with her. We stayed in Corrolla in a resort community, complete with great sidewalks to run on (Court and I were both training for the Ragnar), lots of swimming pools, a tram service to and from the beach, bbqs, movie nights, and a 5k. We wanted to do the 5k, but Hurricane Irene cut our trip short and they evacuated everyone the day before it was supposed to happen. We were a little rebellious and went to the beach the day they evacuated tourists. It was gorgeous weather and we just couldn't leave! Besides, by the time we left that night, there was no traffic so it was a win-win:) It was a perfect vacation, and we were all well rested by the end of it.

Our beach house! (j/k-next year?)
This was really our beach house. It was cute and quaint and had an amazing master bath!!
waiting for the trolley to the beach!
the kids loved the tram ride everyday and it was a nice way to get to the beach!
our cool set up
I got lots of good R&R!
so I looked like this most of the vacation!
This is how KK liked to relax at the beach

Nate tried the boogie-board one day, and actually got a few pretty impressive waves, but the next day he wasn't even interested.

KK thought boogie boarding on the sand looked a little less dangerous than in the water
Grandma playing with the kids

Andrew turned me into a mermaid!

Walking to the pool

KK thought the goggles were a new, cooler form of sunglasses...
so she wouldn't take them off,

not even at home!

Spencer and Nate (and buzzes) enjoying their ice cream. They were best buds, it was like we never left Maryland:)

Sammy leading the kids in "We're going on a bear hunt"

My favorite time was early morning when the tide was low and we could collect shells. We even saw some dolphins!

Nate thought the raft looked a little less dangerous than the boogie board!
Nate loved every minute of the beach!

We found a cool lighthouse on our date
after our date night- we went "restaurant hopping" and then came home to settle in for a good movie, "Soul Surfer", while the kids were sleeping

Here are the kids at the popcorn place we went to on our date, we took them back the next day
sporting my new hat!

kk sporting her new glasses!
All good vacations must come to an end sometime- the kids played so hard everyday that this is typically how they looked on the way home. Thanks for such a great vacation Murphys!!!!


Emily said...

You guys know how to live it up! Great summer recap. The beach looked awesome. Someday when my kids don't run in different directions, we'll join you. We miss you guys!

Doree said...

Super cute! I love all the pics. Your kiddos are so happy and adorable...and so are you, of course!

Anonymous said...

hi molly this is sam i loved the outer banks section it was a good way to remember are vacation! All of us miss you!