Sunday, July 31, 2011
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:37 PM
This kid just cracks me up! The other day...while doing dishes and vacuuming...this is how we found him:
I could just eat him up with all those curls!
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:51 PM
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Seth spent a few days with Grandma and Ted earlier this week...just by himself! It was a special treat for him and as always, he was genuinely spoiled. After 3 days away, I missed my boy so we headed to Portland to pick him up....but spent a few hours at the Jay County Fair...the HOT HOT fair.
Grant was not too impressed with the animals...but most of them were lying down...just trying to stay cool
He was impressed with the tractors...suddenly he is totally enthralled with big machines...especially dump trucks, excavators and tractors
Then...Grandma treated the boys to some rides...this carousel ride seriously went on forever...it was almost comical. I was glad I didn't ride cause I would have seriously been sick by that time. I really think the "carny" fell asleep.
Grant was happy with all his little rides... he just seems so big riding all alone!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:33 PM
Thursday, July 21, 2011
We took our time packing and getting ready on Wednesday morning...we were in no hurry to get back out into the heat! It just seemed to be getting hotter and hotter. We pulled out around 11 and headed into the town of Santa Claus and explored the Christmas store and museum.
The boys wrote letters to Santa...can't wait for him to write back! They even got to ride in his sleigh!
We met my parents for lunch and then drove a few miles to Lincoln's Boyhood Home. We explored the museum (while Grant slept in the stroller) and watched a video on Lincoln growing up. Then...we headed out to the working farm and the replica of his home. It was really too hot to even enjoy it.
Then we headed east. We decided to get a hotel for the night. We got our room and after getting unloaded it just didn't feel cool. I went to the front desk and told them. They were sold out of rooms. They offered a discount rate and a fan! Nope...that wasn't gonna work! So...instead, they offered the only available non-smoking room......the jacuzzi suite! SWWWEEET!
A good nights sleep was had by all...we all slept in (including Grant who was on day 4 of no real nap!) and then dined on the "free" breakfast.
Had the heat not been unbearable...we might have gone elsewhere...but we really didn't want to be outside anymore! Plus...it is always nice to be away...but nicer to be home. We were home in time for dinner (carry-out, since we have no groceries), bath and some downtime! It was a good 5 days away....and now...on to the last 3 weeks of summer! Where has it gone?
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:51 PM
After a wonderful VBS celebration at church...we quickly headed south for a short family vacation. It was my birthday...so Andy treated me to Moe's on the way. The boys did great and overall it was a pretty easy drive down to Santa Claus, IN. We met up with my parents and my brother's family at the campground. My parents took their RV and rented a trailer for the rest of us. It was great. My cousin and her husband who live nearby were also there and we all dined on a gourmet birthday dinner.
I teasingly told my dad I wanted peel and eat shrimp and crab soup for dinner (since that was what we had last year at the beach!) Well...being the awesome dad he is...he didn't let me down. In fact...the soup was even better than the Lobster House in Cape May! YUM YUM! Plus some fish and fresh cucumbers made for a great birthday dinner. Cousin Martha brought some homemade blueberry cobbler that was awesome (and I'm not even a cobbler fan!)
All four of us were in 4 bunk beds in the trailer....it was some great family bonding time!
We woke up Monday morning and headed to Holiday World...it was a short little shuttle ride. It was already HOT...and I mean HOT! Nana and Oompa took Grant and Andy, Seth and I rode a few rides. We met up with Grant later and went on a few more rides and grabbed a quick lunch. Then...back to the camper for a nap! HA HA! Grant was no where close to taking a nap so we changed and headed back to the water park! By this time it was REALLY hot! Grant and I played in a kiddie area while Andy and Seth rode a few waterslides. Then...we switched and all went on the lazy river. Unfortunately, it was really crowded and the lines were quite long for the big water slides.
By this time the lines were short in the amusement side...everyone was at the water rides...so dad and I tackled THE VOYAGE..the number 1 wooden roller coaster! Wow...what a ride...I've never been so shaken up after a ride. Andy and Seth were off playing and Nana had Grant. We met up with Nana and took Grant on some kiddie rides, including the roller coaster for kids..he did so well!
Back to the camper for a quick dinner and back to the park for a few more rides. Lucas, Seth and I tackled another roller coaster and the boys rode the scrambler again (one of Seth's favs).
We all crashed when we got back...but Grant was SUPER for only catching about 15 minutes in the stroller.
On Tuesday we decided to hit the water park first thing...Nana and Oompa kept the little ones while the rest of us rode a few water rides. We then found some kiddie slides where Grant had a glorious time...all he would say was: again! I know he went down those slides at least 50 times. The bigger boys were loving the wave pools. We spent the rest of the afternoon just playing in the water (trying to stay cool) as it was at least 97 and HUMID!!!! We were all just dripping in sweat.
Andy took Elijah for a while...we kept Lucas...Andy went back...the boys and I did the lazy river and had ice cream. It seemed like we were all split up at some point...but keeping 11 people in the same place was impossible. Doug's family had to leave after dinner...so the rest of us went back to the park for a final 2 hours.
We had noticed that the rental trailer seemed really hot...we asked them to check the air conditioner while we were gone. Glad we did...cause it was shot...but luckily they just installed a new one while we were at the park.
We rode a few more rides...dad and I did another roller coaster and then closed down the park with a final carousel ride.
It is a very cool park...very clean! They offer free soda/lemonade/water/tea throughout the park. They are called Pepsi Oasis and it is the best thing EVER...especially when it feels like it's 110 degrees. Although some of the lines were a little long...it was still a great vacation. I am so thankful to my parents who provided this for us...what a great treat and what wonderful memories they are building with our boys. It's all Seth talked about...all they way home. And Grant...was a complete angel, even without a nap...as long as that kid is busy, he's a joy!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:02 PM
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:32 PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:15 PM
It's been a super busy July and it is going way too fast! I haven't even been able to keep up with my blogging...here's a few updates for the first couple weeks of July.
After celebrating Grant's birthday it was the 4th. We attended our association's annual bike parade. We decorated the bikes and bike trailer with all sorts of red, white and blue stuff. We rode down to the starting point, only to discover we were early! But we took advantage of the extra time and rode on over to McDonald's for some smoothies.
At the end of the parade, we jumped on moonwalks, rode in hostage units and ate some pizza.
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:53 PM
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Wow...talk about a FAST 2 years! I figure you can call a 1 year old a baby still...but once they hit 2...they are too grown up...and that's what I have...a very tall, very talkative and very ORNERY 2 year old!
Andy took Grant out this morning for a doughnut! It was kinda fun for him to have some one on one time with Grant. Then...we just spent the morning at home. I took both boys to McDonald's for a quick lunch. I always think that he is old enough to go up in the germ tunnel...but evidently, he isn't! After about 10 minutes of screaming, I finally found an younger teen who went up and found him! Yeah...done with that for a while.
Then we ran a few errands and picked up his cake and bought balloons before coming home for a nap.
The family all came over for dinner, presents and cake. Cousin Nia was all about helping unwrap...and we heard a lot of "MINE!" Fortunately, we gave Nia a gift as well (as we had missed her birthday in April) so she was soon entertained. However....there was a 7 and 8 year old really willing to help.
The winner of the night...a soft ball/bat combo! I felt so sorry for him...he just wanted to play with his new toys and we kept pushing him to open more gifts!
He was also quite excited about the new scooter. However...he thinks he can just stand on it and it will go since Andy was pushing/pulling him back and forth. But, knowing Grant, it won't take him long to catch on.
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:45 AM