Tuesday, June 28, 2011
we all (my little family of 4 and blanchette family- mom, dad, sean) traveled to north carolina for a little retreat with some great friends that are like family to us. the cattels are the greatest group of people in the whole world. they are all super fun, the best host when you spend an entire week with them, and you just feel good when you are surrounded by them. this visit to north carolina we spent our time here...
the private beach
at their BEAUTIFUL lakehouse about an hour or so from their house in raliegh.
it was the perfect spot to relax for a week, while laughing and catching up with dear friends.
the kids and i traveled with my mom and brother, then a few days later my dad and mark joined the fun. (dad and mark had to work a few extra days in the office.) the kids loved being with uncle sean- they always do. and they really loved rolling their new suitcases through the airport like grown-ups. thank you nana for those!! :)
once we arrived in north carolina we immediately loaded up the cars and headed to the lakehouse. jack and i got to ride with my "baby bff," kristen and her baby jack. (yes, we both have jacks.) her jack cried most of the trip because my jack was scaring him. :( baby jack was not used to having a big boy in the backseat with him. ha! :) and my jack was potty training and so i think we pulled the car over at least 3 times for jack. it was eventful and hilarious. between all that we did manage to have some great conversation too. i sure love her!!
we quickly settled into the house and then it was a week filled with...
a ton of playing in the lake...
o and j playing on the beach. they did this for hours each day.
mommy and jack tubing. he loved it and so did i!
sean and aunt cheryl, just looking happy!
several bocce ball games...
spending time with best friends
uncle gary and dad- best buds!!
playing with baby jack (olivia's favorite)...
cute "baby jack"
some boat rides...
early morning fishing trips...
uncle gary with his catch of the day
and eating some really great food, thanks to chef sean and his amazing culinary skills. (sorry no pictures, but trust me it was some good eatin'.)
it was a really great week. i loved that it was so comfortable (the people and the space), everything moved at a slower pace, and i was constantly surrounded by love. to me it was a perfect vacation.
Monday, June 6, 2011
was this past saturday to celebrate jack's 3rd birthday with friends and family. like last year, we had our birthday bash with one of his besties, mckenzie. it was a great day at the spraypark and there where lots of friends to play and celebrate with. jack had a blast and hope everyone who was able to come had fun too!! here is the birthday party in pictures...
the birthday girl and boy!
our little family!
cupcakes! (there was other food too, but these are the most important!!)
mickey buckets for everyone to play with in the water.
the birthday boy having so much fun running through the water.
a little bit of chaos!
friends big and small!! :)
some super cute towels to dry off! thanks moonbeam for the shirts and towels. :)
party favors! (choice of: mickey beach balls, sunglasses, or bubbles)
and then it was back to b and pop's house to open gifts with just the family. my favorite wrapping job was done by olivia...
she worked so hard decorating this bag with jack doing all of his favorite things- playing sports and driving a car. so cute and thoughtful!
were super exciting!! BUT we only got this close...
because the rest of dallas was just as excited as jack was to have an up close encounter with these famous guys- lightening mcqueen, mater, and the new star: finn.
it was my mom's FABULOUS idea and i just knew it was going to be so much fun, but with the heat and the forever long line, the kids looked like this after waiting only about 15 minutes...
so we opted to sneak one more peek from behind the rope, waved good-bye, and in jack's words said, "see you in the movies!" and left.
it wasn't exactly what mom and i had imagined, but it wasn't a complete disaster either. oh well!