Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Moving Day

Today is the big moving day for Mom and Smith!  As I write this, the movers are at their house in Shelby packing everything up to be delivered to their new house in Raleigh tomorrow.  We are so excited to have them nearby.  I know they are excited to get settled into their house and have life get back to normal.  Well, at least as normal as life can be now that Mom is retired!

A couple of weeks ago, when they closed on their house up here, I explained to Sims that Gan and Papa Smith would be moving soon to live near us.  He exclaimed, "We are going to live with Gan and Papa?!" I explained it to him a little more, and he asked, "Gan and Papa are going to live next door?"  So, apparently, I didn't explain it all that well.

Welcome home, Mom and Smith!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Family Beach Trip

This time last month, my family was lounging in the sand at Holden Beach on our annual beach trip, and it was perfect.  We were happy to have Smith join us this year.  That way he didn't miss out on any of the fun with Sims and Isla.

While we were there, we celebrated Smith's and Jason's birthdays.

With kids around, we did a lot of playing in the sand.  Mom and Smith's good friends, Jim and Betty, visited us for a few days, and we all enjoyed Jim's sand creations.  It even inspired Sims to dig holes in the sand.

In Jim's space shuttle

Of course, all that playing will wear you out!

The kids spent hours in the tidepools out in front of the house, running and splashing and using all their water toys.  The beach trips have definitely changed since Sims and Isla were born, but we still have just as much fun.