Monday, July 28, 2008

Fun Times

Well, we have been busy running around the last few weeks.
Ray was in Omaha Nebraska for work the week of July 14th. His plan was delayed and then cancelled. He sat on the runway for 3 hours! He had to fly out Monday morning instead.

We spent some time with Kelly and Olivia on the 19th at Mom and Dad's house. We went swimming. Olivia spent most of the time climbing in and out of the pool using the steps and railing. She is a BIG GIRL now! She is just getting too big, too fast!! Katie is learning how to dive. She is getting better each time! She was snorkeling too. My little adventurer!

We then went to Tyler's 2nd birthday party. The kids had a blast in the sprinkler and throwing water balloons. Tyler and I were playing in the sandbox. He's at such a fun age!!


Katie went to the shore with Uncle Mark and Aunt Sherri from the 23rd - 25th. She had so much fun!!! She went in the water, collected sea shells, and went on the boardwalk! Life doesn't get any better than that!
Cute story alert... Katie and Aunt Sherri were collecting shells along the coast. Aunt Sherri noticed that Katie was picking up all the broken ones. Aunt Sherri asked her why she wasn't putting them back and keeping the whole shells. Katie said it's because the broken ones are UNIQUE!
Her shell collection is quite unique!!

I got the chance to crop at Scraptacular on Friday night and Saturday day. I cropped with a friend, Barb, who I haven't cropped with in a while and I met a bunch of new ladies who were a blast! Can't wait to crop with them again!

I went to Taryn's open house on the 27th to help her with the Make-N-Takes. There was a nice turn out! It's a great Retreat House!! A group of us are going Aug 8th-10th. I can't wait!!! I am attaching a link to her blog.

We then went to Mom and Dad's to go swimming. The rain was NOT going to ruin the day for me! I knew it would clear up eventually! ~ and Ray doubted me!! While we waited, we watched the Phillies win over the Braves ~WOO HOO! AND the Philadelphia SOUL won the championship!!! It was a scary at the end, but they won! We invited Michelle, Randall, Monica, Mikey, and Jonathan over for swimming and dinner. The kids couldn't wait to get in the pool. We even stayed late enough to turn on the pool light. Brings back lots of memories about awesome summers in the pool!

Sean is finalizing everything for college. He leaves Aug 21st! I can't believe it's only 3 weeks away! Ray is on vacation this week. He will be updating his resume and looking for jobs. He only has 4 weeks until his last day of work. Katie is staying home this week with Daddy. As much as she loves camp, I think she also enjoys just "chillin" at home! She has been attending soccer practice on Tuesdays. She can't wait for the season to begin! I am working this week, but only Mon-Thurs. I am going to be working in a vendor booth at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Valley Forge on Friday and Saturday. Should be an experience.

I have been busy creating pages for Scraptacular for the August kit. The challenge for the "So Tell Me Your Story" Blog was to create a page about my name. Here's the page.

Well, there you have it. Sorry for the long post, but life happens!

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Day I was Born...

I started working on a challenge blog created by Lucy Chesna called... So Tell Me Your Story

We scrap so much about our family and friends we sometimes forget to tell our story. I know I wish I knew more about my ancestors. So, here's my first submission...

The Day I was born:

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Philly - 7/4/08 & 7/5/08

The 4th of July Parade... See pics on the side. Great parade... as usual!

We also walked around city hall and looked at the building architecture and the statues. Katie loves learning about the city from our personal tour guide (Daddy)!! We watched the fireworks from LOVE park. It was raining, but they were still beautiful.

On July 5th, we went back down for the fireworks at Penn Landing. They were absolutely gorgeous. While we were waiting for them, we got to listen to Boys II Men in concert. It was fabulous. (pictures on the side)

Hershey Park 7/1/08

Katie, Tyler, and Nicole at the entrance of Hershey Park.

Sean and Chris heading off to ride some more coasters.

Katie riding the pirate ship again to get over her fear. We are so proud of you!

Katie and Nicole were part of the show!! Katie, Nicole, Michele, & Tyler posing with the Milk Men.

Katie and Mommy on the log flume.

Katie and Nicole on the Whip.

Katie, Daddy, Michele, & Nicole on the Canyon River Rapids.

Katie, Daddy, Michele, & Nicole on Tidal Force.

Sean & Katie coming off the Lightning Racers.