the last day. we started out at the beach.
i’m done. just in time for back-to-school blogging!
the last day. we started out at the beach.
i’m done. just in time for back-to-school blogging!
hello. and welcome to another installment of the lidbom family beach trip.
today, i will be blogging about wednesday and thursday.
buckle up. it’s super exciting.
more grump head. (i actually think maybe he wasn’t actually grumpy here, he just looked it).
tidal pool sand sifting.
for dinner, we hit up the squirrel hut, which derek had heard great things about. it was a little tiny hole in the wall place that boasted a “legit philly cheesesteak” and was decked out in all manner of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh sports paraphernalia.
my cheesesteak. it was good. but, it definitely fell short of expectations. sorry squirrel hut.
and that’s all for wednesday and thursday. so close.
during hazel’s nap, isaac stayed in and i went to the pool with just this kiddo. she wasn’t super patient with allowing me some reading time. here, she’s waiting for 10 minutes to pass until my next dip in the pool.
the kids needed a little break from the beach, and hazel took a super early nap, so we opted for a day at broadway at the beach in myrtle beach. our first stop was amici’s brickoven. i got this super amazing stromboli and then ate way too much. also. cool story. while we were there, a couple saw derek’s pok-a-dot t-shirt and came up to our table and asked if we were from batavia. she worked at the middle school and knew my brother and he worked at the ARC a few hundred feet down the road from where i grew up. so, that was a fun little surprise.
our main reason for broadway at the beach was to go to magiquest. it was pretty cool, but maybe geared for kids a little older than ours. anna was with derek and did ok. i had isaac and hazel (she was just along for the ride). isaac got frustrated often. as did i. mostly because i hate conglomerations of the general public and i was toting hazel around the whole time. anyhow, it wasn’t so bad in the end and i’m sure we will go back now that we’ve dropped the big money on the wands and such.
anna chugged along, with the goal of doing this unicorn thing. and she made it at the very end. (isaac, on the other hand, collapsed into a ball of tears after a super bratty kid cut in front of us at one of the little portals).
so that’s a wrap on monday and tuesday…
last week was our annual family trip to north myrtle beach. we left saturday mid-morning and began the four hour road trip to our salty and sandy destination. while i have been doing a lot of traveling this year, derek has not. this was his first real vacation. and it was nice to have a vacation with a husband/dad in attendance.
here’s my account of the travels and the first whole day.
we arrived around five pm. settled in. went out for some dinner. grocery shopped. and did a little late night swimming. and called it a night to get ready for a big long day at the beach in the morning.
the first day (sunday) was beautiful. and all week, low tide was during the time that we were out (mid morning and early afternoon) and these wonderful little tidal pools were formed. especially wonderful for those of us that don’t like the giant ocean sneaking up and knocking us down (hazel). the anna baby was a fan, too.
we found out that there was a special at medieval times, where on the weekends, each adult ticket got a free kid’s ticket. coupled with hazel being free if she sat on a lap, we decided to give it a go. so, we got all cleaned up and ready to go. but first. a pic of my people.
we gave each kid $15 to spend at medieval times, but derek also brought a few toys along that they could purchase with their money. both kids opted for a daddy store toy. isaac got some more minecraft figurines. anna went for this lego bird set. it’s for ages 12 and up. she needed help a couple of times, but mostly rocked it out herself. she was so proud.
and that brings our first day to a close. i’ll be back with more soon!
i started this sucker a way way way long time ago. like in january or february maybe? it was on my wall for months. there’s not much quilty time for me lately. anyhow. i went to a sew in with some friends and managed to get it basted, and i had high hopes that i would maybe venture out of my comfort zone for the quilting. in the end, since it’s for a non-quilty friend, and i just wanted it finished, i just went with the old standby, free motion meander. boring. but fast.
and that’s that. i think it’s my third quilt of 2015. the first two being baby quilts. ugh.
so. derek’s parents and sister’s family and sister’s husband’s parents were in the mountains. i was hoping to maybe take the three lid kids up for a day trip, but when we mentioned it, derek’s dad swooped into action and found us a super cheap place to stay for a few days. (and he footed the bill!). so, off we went!
for dinner, on the first night, we went to
pappy’s… er… the pedalin’ pig.
the next day, derek had to work some, so i loaded up the kids and derek’s mom and dad, and off we went to the mast general store. so much candy.
the next day, derek took some time off and we went to tweetsie railroad. we headed straight for the chairlift to the top of the mountain. (mostly because we came in behind a couple of busses and they were all at the bottom, waiting on the train).
the ferris wheel view. it was a bust. anna and hazel rode with me and hazel hated it. she said “owwww” everytime we came over the top and we got that terrible feeling in our stomachs from dropping too quickly.
we made our way back to the condo for a nice long hazel nap and some chill out time before reassembling for a cookout with all of the whole entire family at the pavilion.
we had to checkout the next morning, but we extended the vacation a bit, by hitting the outlets and having lunch with derek’s parents, before getting back on the road for home. and our little spontaneous mountain adventure was in the books.
we were gone for a lot of july, so there’s not a lot to post about.
but, i will manage.
during our week at home between the beach and new york, derek was training for a new job at wells fargo. he settled in while we were in new york, so when we came home, he was ready for us to meet him for lunch. we gladly obliged and met him at bib’s for some delicious barbecue.
so. one day. i was out in the garden, weeding. and anna was “helping”. but she got bored. she asked me for the next worm i dug up and put it in a cup with some dirt. then, disappeared. when i came in the house, this was the scene. somehow the dirt was all across the floor on on the island. and she was holding half of the worm in each hand. i’m thinking she was gonna wrap it up in the papertowel? i never did find out what exactly happened.
and that’s mostly it.
we had a mountain vacation squeezed in, but i need to sort through the pics. hopefully i can get that up tonight before we head out tomorrow for the beach.
welcome to my final post about our trip to ny!
i think at this point it’s thursday on our second week.
jake had the day off (a rarity). and i’m pretty sure it was rainy and gross.
so we had a lazy day. and i made jake pick us up some subs. from southside.
i don’t know why i forgot to take a picture of the actual sub.
that’s the only pic from thursday. i have no idea what else happened.
my mom was volunteering, so the kids and i went to have dinner at the varlands. we ordered this super delicious pizza from big pauly’s. and had margaritas, thanks to julie’s awesome husband.
the party quickly turned crazy, as any party with 7 children under age 9 is wont to do. so we headed home.
and then it was all over.
we woke up early monday morning and hit the road back to nc. the kids were fantastic. we ended up only stopping twice and there was no traffic and we rolled in at just under 11 hours. and our first interstate trip was in the books.
on tuesday, we were back at the beach, but this time with friends.
the varlands joined us. as well as my long lost friend anna and three of her kiddos, but i didn’t get any pictures of them, because it was crazytown. but i managed a few of the varland kids and my kids.
on wednesday, my mom was off and we went on an adventure to east aurora.
our first stop was the explore n more children’s museum. it was very small, but super cute.
they were having a special “tinkering” workshop for the kiddos. they pretty much had all manner of recycled boxes and bottles, glue, tape, screws, styrofoam scraps, old cds and general random items for creating whatever your little heart desired.
then we walked over to vidlers five and dime. always a favorite.
we capped off our visit with a stop at the caboose, a super cute ice cream shop that operates out of an old train caboose. there’s also a little model train the circles around the top, which captured the attention of hazel and she was mesmerized.
we made the country drive back to blah-tavia, where we hired my mom’s friend’s daughter to hang with hazel, while we took the older kids to see “inside out” at the batavia mall movie theatre. and then, our day of fun and adventure was over.
we had a lazy day with eliot and my mom off on friday. i think. because there’s no pictures except for a handful from the beach.
and that’s pretty much it for friday.
saturday was the fourth of july.
again, i have no pictures to help me piece together what we did that morning, but around one we went to centennial park to meet up with my uncle frankie and mary casey and kids for the picnic in the park. there’s live music and some food and bouncy houses and a petting zoo and etcetera.
after a bit, we located mary and her daughters and set up camp at the main stage. my grampa schiavone’s sister, my aunt ann, came strolling by at that moment and sat next to us so i was able to catch up with her some, so that was fun. i also ran into several old friends and/or their parents, which is always nice. finally frankie showed up and snatched up a very cautious hazel.
we strolled around some. we got some balloon “animals”. (it was a volunteer tent and they mainly made swords). then some regular balloons. and then we stood in line for like 45 minutes for anna to get her face painted. there was ONE person. and she was amazing, so i can’t complain, but they could have done with a couple of less qualified personnel and cranked those suckers out. while we waited, the other kids frolicked about. mary and frankles caught up. we took turns standing in line with anna.
the facepainter had a tip jar, and i’m pretty sure not one of the 45 minutes worth of people ahead of us left a tip, so we rewarded her handsomely. and this was the end result. a very creepy anna-spiderman.
for lunch, we hit up the pok-a-dot, and met up with the browns again. i didn’t think to take a picture of our giant posse and all of our pok-a-dot fare, but i didn’t forget to take a picture of my beef on weck and gravy fries.
and that was the end of sunday. one more week to go….