Sunday, July 5, 2015

So Close, But So Far Away (the beach)

we technically live about 20 minutes away from the beach, so why do we never go? and why do we get so excited to drive 12 hours to the beach? it's strange, but true. the de/md beaches are SO much different than the hilton head beach. we love the boardwalk (and all of it's yummy foods and stores where you can buy almost anything you never needed but have to have!) and the rides and the games. and if we are staying in a condo (that isn't ours and we don't have to clean), and we can walk to the beach (not load up the car with stuff and head home with 5lbs of sand). that's why!!!

the view from the condo balcony is pretty sweet! you can see the pier to the right...

and straight ahead it's sugary sand for days, then the beautiful blue atlantic!

games...games, and more games!

rides too!

 

again...just like last year...here are my adventurous boys...

and look who we found on the boardwalk...arrrrrgh matey!

the first night of many where we all got a cone from kohr bros.

 

we found mickey mouse too (although i'm not convinced that he had permission to leave disney) and of course, gianna was hesitant (not too sure i blame her).

we found some really cool stuff that we wanted to buy (but didn't)

and played on the beach in the sand. i'm pretty sure that gianna said "this is the best day ever" about 15 times while we were there.

beautiful girls...

and boy, are we lucky to have mimi and popo here to share all these memories!

i think gianna would have liked to keep roman buried all day!

 

 

 

 

so happy to call this crazy crew mine!

i don't really go on many rides anymore. it scares me to be jerked around on the roller coasters because of my back...and the older i get, the less daredevilish i have become. but, roman asked me to go on the ferris wheel with him and of course, i told him yes. he knows i am not a big fan of being that high in the air for an extended period of time. but, for my boy, i will gladly do it. he kept telling me it was okay and was taking care of me the whole time. i may have said this once or a million times before, but he sure is going to make a great boyfriend/husband some day. (just not too soon)

the worst best part about the ride was that we got on first, so of course, we were stuck at the tippy top for quite a bit of time while they loaded the rest of the ride. boy, are we lucky!

but, that meant that we had time to take in this view. i mean, really? how beautiful is this?

tell me you can't see the fear on my face! and ro over there, all cool as a cucumber.

maddy and macee went with us and macee shared my fear, so i felt comforted that i wasn't alone in my insecurities.

p.s. look at how beautiful they are.

another ice cream cone? don't mind if i do! gianna went with no sprinkles this time. she said they kept dripping on her before!

mommom and poppop wayne came down one day and hung out with us at the beach too...how fun!

and roman got buried again!

 

 

i know my hat is ridiculous, but i can say that i am sunburn free! and no squinting!!! (am I 85?)

more rides? don't mind if i do...

 

gianna insisted that we all ride the "callapillar"....which is actually called the wacky worm, but i didn't want to burst her bubble. and we all had so much fun! can you tell?

 

silly boy out at breakfast.

she's warming up to him. i think it's because he hangs out next to the ice cream shop.

our final night we like to ride the tram all the way to the end and back. it is what we did on our last night last year and again this year. a little tradition, if you will. i love it. we get to see all the shops and the people and everybody is together and its a nice time to relax.

 

 

 

 

 

and then, when we got back, the kids were allowed to choose 2 more rides before we headed home and packed up to leave the next morning. guess which ride gianna chose? that's right...the CALLAPILLAR!

and the "whip it" cars. they aren't really called that, but i call them that because they whip you around at each end. i have a video, but can't put it in here (check out my YouTube channel for all videos)

and guess what roman chose? of course! the tidal wave roller coaster!

there he is. no fear, i tell ya!

and that wraps up our time at the beach! til next year...

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's Miller Time!

school is out and that means it's time to head north and visit our family!!!

first up was a stop at mommom's house. uncle josh, aunt colleen, lilah and ady were already there waiting for us! it was nice to get out of the car after being on the road all day, but the kids quickly were in their pajamas, relaxing.

 

the next day, we were headed to nana's house for a party. but, before we left, look who we found in the pantry with an apple! sneaky little thing!

 

these girls are so much fun to watch together.

next up...we head to nana's farm. the girls love to ride on the golf cart around the driveway with nana.

aunt jen and krista planned an awesome party for uncle gene, who retired from the sherriff's department after 41 (!!!) years. they set up this cute little picture area where you could use props and take your own mugshot. love this!

uncle josh took roman out on the lake for a pedal boat ride...crazy boys!

and even though the slide was there last year, it wasn't installed yet, so this year was our first time being able to use it. and boy, oh boy, did roman use it. he probably went down it 25 or 30 times!

sorry for taking the picture while you are looking into the sun, kids! mom fail.

kids are dried off, time for our mugshot!

a few months ago was siblings day and i had a hard time finding a picture of jay, josh and i all together. the only one i found was from my college graduation. in 1999. time to get an updated one, dontcha think?

love these handsome brothers of mine, i sure do!

and guess what else? that one in the middle, he turned forty the day after this was taken. i guess that means i'm not far behind him...uh oh!

our time together was short, but we sure did enjoy seeing our family!