Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Photo Finish

Well ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls (I am sure mostly ladies and girls- except for Jerel and my brother- hi, Tom!)- the end is so near I can almost smell it. I have almost survived another summer. I say almost because they start school next Wednesday and Friday and today I took them to orientation. Whew- it wasn't really all that bad. Gives me much hope for next summer!! Last year when I took Nolan to orientation we had a "Mommy/Son" date at Dunkin Donuts after. I thought I would take both boys this year and call it a tradition! Elliott is also going to do one morning a week, and I think it is going to be good for all of us.

I sometimes have to say, very quietly to myself so no one hears, "It's a good thing he's cute!! ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

While the Cat's Away...

As the saying goes- While the cat's away the mice will play. Apparently Nolan is the cat and Elliott was one excited little mouse the week his older brother was gone. I thought they might really miss each other but I think the real truth is that they were each excited about the undivided attention they had for one week.

Jerel was on vacation the week Nolan was gone. Elliott got to ride on the lawn mower for the first time and became a tool junkie helping Jerel hang our bike rack. The two of them had 3 1/2 days to bond while I was getting Nolan. How great is my husband that he took vacation to take care of Elliott so I could go to Florida for a few days?? (Julia- now you know! ;))

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nolan's Vacation

My mom mentioned about 8 months ago that she would love to fly up here and take Nolan back down to Florida with her for a week. Sounded great to me- we just had to find a time that would work. Apparently the last week of July/first week of August was the perfect time. Always a lovely time to visit South Florida (not really- I am being sarcastic!! :)).

So, my mom came up on a Thursday and Jerel and I were able to have a staycation 5th anniversary. We went downtown, sat by the river with our feet in the water and talked, stayed at a beautiful historic hotel, ate at one of our favorite restaurants, and SLEPT IN!! It was a great little retreat in our cute little town!

The next day I packed up my first born and put him on a plane, hoping for the best. He did so great and now loves to fly.

 Nolan took this picture of my mom on the plane.

He was there 4 days before I came  down to get him. And they were busy.

Grandpa taught him how to play the guitar. They also built a stool for Nolan to use while he was there and a few other little projects.

 Grandma took him to the park @ 3:00 in the afternoon. Crazy Grandma!!

They live on a golf course and he had several different tee times! :)

I got there on Thursday and I think everyone was happy to see me.

I also took him to the park, but I took him @ 8:30 in the morning. It is just so dang hot down there and I could usually only handle 30 minutes!

So, I took him to the lake to play at the "beach". That he loved and could have played in the water for hours.

Then it was time to leave. Nolan wasn't sure that he wanted to go because "Grandma and Grandpa would be sad without me here". I assured him they would get over it! :)

 Doesn't he look so old in this picture?

He was a lovely travel companion and I couldn't have been more proud of him. He really had a great time and is looking forward to his next visit with Grandma and Grandpa. I am voting for February!!