Saturday, September 6, 2014

Our new “playground”

Pop and Grandma got the kids a playset for their birthdays. Though it was closer to Luke’s birthday it was a shared present as Gwynn was going to use it just as much as Luke.

Lots of pieces. Lots.

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The kids can’t hardly wait.

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Pop and daddy working together.

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Important work being done.

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Uncle Jack dropped by to help, which was a good thing because the playset got pretty heavy once the pieces started coming together.

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The kids got to play with Aunt Jen while the guys worked.

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Luke helping Pop put on the finishing touches.

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Pacifiers are the norm for apprentice carpenters.

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All done!

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The kids like driving to Mimi’s house with the steering wheel.

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Putting it to good use.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Lake Nichol

Uncle Jack, Aunt CarolAnn, Aunt CarolAnn’s mom, Eleanor, and Jackie’s family came to town for a few days over the Labor Day weekend. We went down on Monday to hang out at the lake!

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Boat rides for everyone!

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Lots of snacks…

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Grandma and her girls…

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A favorite activity was catching minnows from the lake and keeping them in water bottles. I’m sure the minnows loved that! (Don’t worry--we released them before we left…I think).

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Georgia Aquarium

Mommy took Gwynn to Aunt Jen’s house for a girl’s weekend while Daddy and Luke stayed home.

Good gracious she looks old here.

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Checkin’ out the fishies. She really just looks for one’s from Finding Nemo.

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Cutie pie.

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Sam the cat hung out for bedtime and asked if we brought him any fish.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Blue Bell

With a long summer we decided we had to find some activities to do that weren’t too expensive and unique (we can’t do the zoo every day).

Mommy booked a trip to the Blue Bell Factory in Sylacauga. It was inexpensive, educational and actually pretty cool. Oh yeah, free ice cream at the end!

Abbie and Emerson came along with us. Here they are checking out the “floor” where they package the ice cream. They don’t make every flavor at the plant in Sylacauga and in fact they don’t make each flavor every day. On this day they were only making 3-4 flavors.

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“Mmmmm”

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Good thing it’s tough glass because Luke would have broken through if it wasn’t.

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They don’t want pictures during the tour so that’s all we got but it was interesting even if it wasn’t a very long tour. However, the real reason to come is ICE CREAM.

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Luke and Emerson are getting pretty good at feeding themselves.

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Of course Gwynn wanted the ice cream that was most likely to stain clothing. It’s just plain vanilla with food coloring but Gwynn insisted.

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One more look on the way out.

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Happy kids with full bellies. We’ll be back!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Splash Pad

Mommy took the kids to Tuscaloosa while daddy stayed back home. While looking for things to do we found out that Tuscaloosa has a splash pad that only opened this spring.

The kids loved it. Pop came along to document it.

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The splash pad looks to be at the location of an old pool. It’s a good way to repurpose the space.

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They even had a lifeguard helping kids down the slide.

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Mommy tried to avoid getting too wet.

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Gwynn, on the other hand, got very wet.

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Luke liked stepping over the railing that separated the water from the concrete.

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They had a big plane that sprayed water from its wings and propellers.

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One of the interesting things is that the water would shut off every half hour or so and a lifeguard would have to go cut it back on my moving in front of a motion detector.

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Luke may not like water quite as much as his sister, but he enjoys it plenty.

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Gwynn waiting on another bucket of water to land on her head.

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Posing.

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Water everywhere!

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The kids took a snack break under the umbrellas.

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Getting’ comfy.

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Maybe a little too comfy.

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Okay… too comfy.

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