Oak Island Family Vacation

For our family vacation this year we rented a house on Oak Island, North Carolina. It had been too many years since we had done that and it was way past due.  In fact I don’t think Carter was ever on one of those and he is nine.

 My husband grew up on the ocean and I grew up on Lake Superior. Being near the water is very comforting for the both of us.

 Sitting on the beach in the late afternoon reading has always seemed like the best time of day. Digging your toes in the sand.
Nothing like it.

 But of course I would have been reading something not so heavy as Les Miserables.
It would have been some trashy beach novel.
But if you have put off your summer reading assigments you get to read Les Mis at the beach.
I guess it makes it a little easier to read.

Sometimes you need your brothers help.

Sophia was in major goofball form. We were in the backyard of my in-laws and they have these great trees. The kids have climbed, swung in swings, sat under and enjoyed them since they have been very little.

She would put a chair up to the base of the tree and climb on up.

Of course she is older and taller now so there is no giving advise.

She can do in without help.

Just need to get a foothold.

I can do it she says.

Just give me a sec she says.

Finally she accepted Sam’s help.
One little boost and a hoist.

Not that she will scratch her legs all up.

And then we left her there.

And laughed.

Laughed so hard the tears came.

She NEEDED our help.

Her brother was sympathetic, kind of.

Not sure if he is pushing or pulling?

My legs would be all tore up.

She made it.

Not that she is determined or anything.

See, I did it! Ok, with some help.

I have a picture of her here when she was 8. That was yesterday you know.

Carefull Sam, it ma be a trick.

Sometimes they act like they actually like each other.

and get along.

A fleeting moment in time.

Sam my quiet one, Sophia the one to be the center of attention.

This could be a little flip book.

Duck lips?

hang loose!

and she’s gone.

Went back to the beach…

The kids and I made the trek to the beach this week to visit the grandparents. It had been a while since we had visited and the kids were excited to get to the ocean front. Took a bunch of pictures that I am looking forward to sharing with you. Here are a few from the pool on the first day ….

It is about a 6 1/2 hour drive so we left early so we could hopefully have one nice day in the water. There was rain in the forecast for the rest of the week.

It was not overly warm but the kids didn’t mind.

Sophia played in the pool for a while then abandoned us to go lay on the beach by herself.

The boys being extremely loud and all were “too much”. I actually thought about joining here but someone had to watch them so they wouldn’t drown each other.

I love taking pictures at the pool, the colors always POP.

Road Trip to Disney!

The Mosby’s hit Disney earlier this month and hit it hard we did. We drove to Orlando (13hours) and stayed in a house with my mother and father in-laws, 2 sister in-laws, husbands and kids. Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot in 3 days.

There are a few things that I learned on this trip.

 1. Pack a cooler of food and drinks and rent a stroller. So very worth it so you will not have to eat greasy park food.

2. My kids can make is a total of 26 hours in a car without ever asking for their Nintendo DS’s.

3. I get motion sick and almost every ride….Dramamine is my friend.

4. Epcot sells beer. I like Epcot.

5. At least one of my children will get sick when they are with their Aunt Amy and Uncle Ted.

6. Cell phones are great at the parks….great way to stay in touch with everyone.

7.You can walk around with a really stupid looking hats and no one will give you a second look.

8.Do not buy your tickets on Craig’s List…..really long story that I just as soon forget.

9. We do not get together as a family often enough!

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Did I tell you that Epcot sells beer?

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Sick kid with strep and ear infection.

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Bummed that it is blurry….kind of like it.

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Cousins playing cards.

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I think her blue eyes are pretty impressive.

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Carter trying to determine if he is tall enough to ride the ride but he seems to be a little distracted by the girls.

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Lake Superior, bonfire’s and kids.

One of the great things about growing up in Knife River was having bonfires on beach. Growing up on the water was the best. Of course these are things that you take for granted and don’t realize until you grow up, move away and can’t do it anymore.

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Bonfires are something that bring me back to being a teenager again. Hanging out at the beach….
the one thing we did not do on a regular basis is swim. Lake Superior is COLD.  Limb numbing, painfully cold. We would jump in on a dare. Wade up to our ankles briefly to pick rocks to skip across the water.

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Sam thought he was being really daring by dipping the top of his head in the water.

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I told them that I would give them each a dollar if they went in completely. Full body submersion.  Sam has the complete look of doubt. Really? You will give us a dollar? 

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Sam and Carter were reluctant. Sophia was like “sure, why not” and took full advantage of calling her brothers chicken. Imagine an older sister taunting her brothers.

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Carter could have cared less about Sophia calling him chicken, he bargained for two dollars so Gramma Polly upped the ante. Two bucks it is.

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Wait. He had to think about again…..how about ten? Well ya can’t  blame the kid for trying.

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Two dollars and I can go to the candy store and buy candy right? Sure kid, knock yourself out.

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I told them to do the Nestea Plunge. Remember that commercial? They didn’t know what I was talking about so I had to explain. Carter wasn’t falling for it but when I told him he wouldn’t get two dollars….

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and he ran out REALLY fast.

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This is how cold Lake Superior is, painfully cold.

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Not sure why she is smiling, she is a little crazy.

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Hehehehehe, I have two dollars and get to eat CANDY!

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My kids are so used to getting their photos taken they will stop mid sentence,

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turn and pose and then go on with what they were doing. They are pros.

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She tried to throw her brother in but he was able to wiggle out of her grasp. (love this pic)

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Love the beach.  Gotta love the beach.

Developmental Achievement Center, Knife River, Minnesota

When I was growing up in Knife River, MN the DAC was this big brick building that we would hit the tennis ball against the wall. It had two basketball hoops where we would shoot baskets. Behind the buidling was a great spot to sit and hang out.

The buidling now houses the Developmental Achievement Center. A day Training and Habilitation services for adults with developmental disabilities come together and learn skills, and more importantly are part of a community that offers social interaction.( this is my interpretation)

When I was home my mother let me know that they were weaving at the DAC and to check out the rugs, placemats etc. that they were making. I love to weave and am always interested in seeing what others are doing with this craft.

While I was there they explained to me that the individuals that make the rugs are paid by the row that they weave. They are to recieve no physical help but are offered verbal guidance. The have someone who glues the strips together and someone who weaves. They used to be able to have 3 workers on the loom, one on each side to pass the shuttle back and forth  and one in the middle that would pound the weft. The labor laws changed and now they are only allowed one person on a loom at a time.

The rugs they weave are beautiful.

This is Rusty. He loves to garden. Here is is watering his garden that he planted.

 My husband, he looks very intense doesn’t he? Obviously talking about the looms.

 I love this tin man they made…look closely and see if you can identify the different cans.

 A weaving of old ties….

 I so wish I could remember her name. It is driving me a little crazy trying to remember. If you know her name let me know so I can put it in here. She was so excited to have her picture taken.

 Just love how happy they are!

 You can see their work in the back ground.

 As we were walking around I noticed ths gentleman. Full of smiles and hugs….This is my cousin Neal. When I told him I was his cousin he got so excited….yyyyyyeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaa! he said.

 So of course we had to take a picture.

 and another one….Neal I hope you see this….48 years old, you look wonderful!

 This is Rusty and his sister…

 We brought our youngest son to the center also, was not quite sure how he would repsond. He did great, don’t know why I was concerned.

The DAC sells their rugs, I don’t know how much traffic they get but I highly encourage you to stop and buy one or two or three! You would be supporting a great cause and you will have a story to go along with your purchase. I told them about Etsy and posting them on the webiste to sell, maybe they will.

Thank you so much for spending so much time with us while we visted.
DAC contact information:
P.O. Box 143,
204 Central Avenue,
Knife River, MN 55609
email: lakecountydac@frontiernet.net

218-834-5767 (phone)

Knife River, Minnesota Solstice Run

The Knife River Rec. Council held thier annual summer solstice run again this year and no I did not run. Sophia, my daughter decided that she would give it a try so with no training and my shoes she ran the 5k.
Got to give her credit, it was a tough course and she got her t-shirt.
This is her coming across the finish line. I half expected her to throw her brother off his bike half way and ride that across. Way to go girl!

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My cousin Christen ran the race also. This is her…..

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Her daughter Sophia and husband Brad cheering her on.

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Kenny Kendall ran it also. If you look closely his hand is cupped just like it would be if he was holding a beer. I personally like the glasses and swim trunks. Run, Kenny, Run!

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And my Sophia and I at the finish line. Tried to photoshop out those lines…didn’t work. Oh, well.

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