So, here we are. We've been in SC for 2 weeks now and it's really been so great. While I do miss my girlfriends back home (and my husband, but I'd miss him whether I was here or there) and I'm slightly jealous over all of the fun they're having together (I really can't be pleased), a break away from constant Army life has been nice. And the greenery. And rain. All of that is much welcomed!
|My parents backyard. I love you El Paso, but your views will never beat this!|
Last week we had family come to stay (my Aunts, Charlene and Sharon, Uncle Bob, and Gram). It was great to spend some time with them, we don't get to do it as often as we like. I loved having them get to know Andrew! We mostly hung out around the house, played with Drew and watched a lot of Olympics!
Over the weekend, I was able to take Andrew to the beach for the first time! I have been looking forward to this day since he was in utero. I was only slightly worried over his reaction. No matter how much he loves water and dirt, I know the ocean is a lot to take in for a little person. Whatever worries I had were in vain. He took one look at that beach and took off towards the water. It's like he too had been waiting his entire little life to get there!
|Shot during his first 5 minutes on the beach|
I don't want to post too many pictures of the fun times we're having. I promised Trey I'd wait for him to see them before the whole internet world did. Stupid me. I didn't realize how hard that would be. Ahh well. You'll just have to believe me when I say he enjoyed it so much, he's still talking about having a beach day. Splashing in the water, running from the waves, collecting sea shells and throwing them in the water. Shoveling up sand and putting it in his bucket. Eating ice cream on the beach. Good times!
He did have his moments of exhaustion and frustration though (like when he couldn't scoop up the sand just the way he wanted), so the two days were perfect for him. We can't wait to go back with Daddy!!
Monday we got back to "real life". Real life as in my parents went back to work and besides Steven running in and out, it was just Drew and I. It was kinda nice to be able to get back into a routine and we've been having a ton of fun with friends.
We went to the zoo with Julianne and her kids and Emily and hers. I forgot my camera, so I didn't get any pictures, but the kids just had such a good time together. Andrew and Mason thoroughly enjoyed jumping in puddles together. All three climbed all over rocks and shared snacks. I love seeing Andrew play so well with some of my best friends' kids. This is the stuff we used to daydream about together years ago! Andrew is just smitten with Reece (Emily's daughter). We've had their marriage arranged from day 1.. they are just falling right into our plans :) I can't wait to get a picture of all the kids together!! (ahem friends.. if you're reading, this needs to happen!)
|Andrew and Reece|
This morning we went to Edventure (A childrens' museum here in town) and it was AHHHmazing! We went with my cousin Kate and SIL and her two kids. We spend two hours there and didn't have time to do half the stuff. It blew my mind, seriously. A real fire truck to climb in, a construction site, cars to play with, a real car set up that you could pump gas at. You could lift a car up and learn how to rotate tires. A room that was set up like a grocery store (The Pig to be exact). The kids got their little carts and pulled groceries from the shelves then brought them through the cash register. A vet room. Tons and tons AND TONS more that I can't even begin to name.. seriously.. I'd be here all day and you would lose interest if you haven't already.
We have even more plans this weekend to get together with more friends and I get to have a girls night (Amen). We sure do miss Daddy, but we are obviously making the best of our time!