Sunday, May 30, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.
I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
Friday, May 7, 2010
They went to Cape Lookout Lighthouse which is on an uninhabited island.
Together they found some big sea shells!
I know that was a lot of pictures. I write this blog as a record for our family to have in the future as much as I do to keep people up to date. I am just trying to highlight what I hope to remember. I know I will look back years from now with so many fond memories from this trip. And not just for the sites we saw but for the little memories too...like teaching Rylee how to play battleship and how she arranged her ships like a smiley face. Or when Rylan asked her how she wanted her eggs cooked one morning for breakfast. When she didn't understand what he meant he said "I mean do you want them runny or just firm. She replied "No thanks. I'll just have them perfect please." And one early morning when it was chilly and we went down to the beach in our pajamas. Watching Rylee chase Landon in his sleeper up and down the quiet beach is a sweet memory I will cherish forever. It makes me sad to think next year they will both be a year older, but grateful to know I am blessed with so many wonderful memories!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
It turned out to be more challenging than I anticipated. I ran out of days that I had for break and went back to school having only completed the platform. This last year was busy to say the least and I never got around to finishing it. So it sat and sat and sat... My friends called it my deer stand and it was the butt of several jokes. Well, one year later I finally had some free time to finish what I started.
While I was at it, I decided to add a swing set and...
...a fire pit, which we used last night to make smores.
No more jokes at my expense when I start school again on Monday, and Rylee and Landon love it.
Monday, May 3, 2010
The fort is on a peninsula because it protected the mainland from attacks from the sea. As a result, the views were fantastic.
The kids loved climbing on the canons and canonballs.
One of the things we love about Emerald Isle...there is lots to do other than just go to the beach.