Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa's Elves

Santa sent a very special shipment to our house a couple of weeks ago.  He knew that we'd need extra time to put together a very magical gift for Kate from him.  And, boy, did we ever need that extra time!

The shipment arrived three Fridays ago by freight and came in 5 very large boxes.  We were just dying to know what Kate had asked Santa for!  We also knew that Santa wouldn't have sent a gift so early unless he required some help with something.  After Kate went to bed that night, we tore into the boxes and discovered that Santa had sent a swing-set!

Now this is not just any swing-set.  This is the Mercedes Benz of has three places for swings, a rock wall, a ladder, a climbing rope, a wave slide, a tic-tac-toe game, a wheel, telescope, and a playhouse on top with real, working shutters!  When we started opening up those boxes, we had never seen so many parts!

Needless to say, we got right on the construction of the set the next day and spent 10 solid hours working on it.  I would guess it probably took us at least 2 hours just to lay out the parts!  In total, about  30 hours have been spent putting this swing-set together.  Fortunately we've had Blake's parents the last several weekends helping out and my mom helping out this week when we've been off.

Unless Santa decides to stay a little longer tonight, we'll be putting the final touches on the set tomorrow.  Pictures will follow later but, for now, it's time for us all to have a good night.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beach Bum

My posts have been a little absent for the past couple of weeks because we have been so busy.  Blake and I managed our first weekend away in mid-November when we took friends to the Clemson v Wake Forest football game.  Kate enjoyed some good Grammy/Grumps (or Bob-Bob as she now calls him) time and it was nice not having to wake up at 7am. The next weekend, the whole family packed up and headed to Hilton Head for Thanksgiving.

If you've never been to the beach in the off-season, I highly recommend it.  We were able to enjoy the other activities the beach has to offer without sweating to death.  The house we rented came with an electric boat so lots of time was spent navigating the waters outside the house and fishing.  The cooler temps also made walking and bike riding much more enjoyable.  We even made a little time to head to the beach!  Even though it was November, the temperature was in the mid-70s most of our trip.  Couldn't have asked for better weather and a better time!  Enjoy the pics of our beach bum!

Destroying daddy's castle

Ready for the boat

Family boat trip

Loved the indoor playground at the mall

Where's Kate? There she is!

Grandpa Jim, Nana, and Kate