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Monday, August 22, 2011

Birthdays, Moving Days, oh Happy Day!

It's Monday morning of the week we will close on the sale of our new home. It's also my Dad's 69th birthday , yay! I'll raise a big ol' mug of strong coffee to you!

Speaking of birthdays, Roman was invited to his first North Carolina friend birthday party, he has made a buddy in class that also goes to the neighborhood pool a lot and they have seemed to click. They get a long very well, and the boys parents are nice and it's melts my heart to see him playing and smiling and being a silly boy, I think he grows tired of playing with baby brother and the parents!

Other than attending the birthday party we spent the majority of the weekend packing up and organizing for the move. The boys liked unpacking the boxes, so I quickly learned to go ahead and seal the boxes up as soon as it was stuffed. We have a simple, yet, labor intensive plan to load - unload a 17' Uhaul on Saturday with as much stuff as we can, leaving behind heavy cumbersome and otherwise 2- strong man items such as the washer/ dryer, the freezer, beds, tables, outdoor stuff etc. A local moving company will show up next Monday and finish up for us for an arm and a leg = hourly rate.

We just started the first "track out" from school, a 3 week break from the year round schedule. At first, as the break was looming I was dreading it, I though oh my gosh we just started now I have to keep him busy again??? But as the track out was looming, so was was his exhaustion, the rigors of 1st grade, plus the heat and early start time to catch the bus, I think really caught up with him, he was starving when he walked in the door and one day he even fell asleep at 4:00 on the loveseat! So now, I am grateful for the break for Roman, but I am also equally grateful for the prolific track out camp selection in Wake Forest. Today Roman is going to take a Tennis / Swim camp offered in our neighborhood and he will be kept company with another buddy from his class.

After I drop Roman off to camp I get to meet our angel of an agent at the new house for a final walk thru, I can't wait!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Life's Right for the Ades at Wrightsville Beach, NC

With our 8 year wedding anniversary as an excuse to "getaway" we got our land locked tails over to the coast last weekend- it's was astonishing!

We left early afternoon on Friday and made it to the bustling town of Wilmington, and the surf lovers mecca of Wrightsville Beach. After checking into our hotel we quickly made our way to a seafood resaurant on the marina, I indulged in a long over due summer mojito, and we watched boats come in and out. Aaron spied his dream yacht, we ventured to guess it was about $600k - ouch!

After dinner we drove straightaway to the shore, and the boys ( all three of them) could hardly contain their excitement and had to dive right in street clothes and all.

The warm watered waves knocked Roman around much to his absolute delight, and he begged us to bury him in the sand, Aaron happily obliged.

Saturday was all about fun in the sun, sand and surf. We played and swam till we ran out of provisions and energy. We took refuge from mid afternoon heat in our hotel room.

Saturday evening we walked along Cape Fear River and spied the Battleship US North Carolina from across river where planned to visit the next day.

Sunday we took a water taxi over to the Battleship.The boys hung in there pretty well, yet rising temps + humidity, + non air condiioned ships quarters made for a sweltering battleship visit. The ship is enormous and we probably only really took in about a third of it.
I found it very fascinating and wouldn't mind going back some time, Ryan might need another looksee when he gets a bit older too, he found it a lot to take in for a little guy.

We hope to get back out to the coast again this month while Roman takes his first "track out" school break. We have a growing list of places to visit along the shore, I'd say the beach made a lasting impression on the boys.