July 30, 2007

Fun Times at the Ol' Shore...

Travis was sooo excited with his awesome find! On the way back from getting an ice coffee he found this bike for $10. It rides easy and fun and he put the miles on it for sure!! I was wondering how in the world this treasure would fit in the already full van for the ride home... (I was reminded that we do have a roof rack!) :) But, he decided to leave it behind with the other bikes for NEXT YEAR'S VACATION!! (He's planning already!)
The waves, the sand, the sunshine, the teens & oh sooo much fun! Austin and the boys each took a scoop of sand (blindly) while in waist deep water... everyone else came up with 'clam shells' Austin came up with a relatively large crab sitting on his hand.... needless to say, the crab quickly left his hand and that was enough of that game for him!! Back to wave riding & jumping!
The ball park is a short walk away! This particular afternoon was EXTREMELY HOT... everyone took turns hitting, catching & pitching while being razzed by the 'cheering section'!!
Puzzles, food, laughing, sharing.....EVERYONE got in on the fun!
This is one of the rides at night at the boardwalk park! How many more weeks till July 2008?!!

July 23, 2007

"Chick Night on the Boardwalk!"

Audrey and I had talked about going to get 'airbrush tattoos' at some point during our vacation... The old saying 'time flies when you're having fun!' was certainly true for us! Our last night in Jersey we were all visiting out on the balcony around the picnic table when we realized that we didn't get our 'tattoos'!! Instead of giving in to this reality we decided to 'go for it'!! (Thanks to Cheryl who had made the comment which brought it back to our memory in the first place!)

We were running out of time...... by now it was 10:00PM and the boardwalk shops start closing between 11-11:30PM!! Patty was the driver for the event (she sure knows her way around this town!) and within 20 minutes of the reminder comment we were parking the van and heading in to find the kiosk!!
Here Audrey & Terry are looking through the tattoo designs trying to find the perfect one!

Here's Audrey's finished tattoo!!

This is the one I chose for my ankle!
Here's the whole group! We had a BLAST! (Patty, Me, Audrey, Terry & Cheryl) A night to remember!!
After we all got our tattoos and had our pictures taken, we walked part of the boardwalk, checked out a few other shops, had some funnel cake, laughed until we held our sides and made it back to the condos by 1:45AM!! Another 'chick night' is a must!!

July 21, 2007

Our AWESOME Vacation....

We took our first vacation in 5 years last week! We went to Ocean City, NJ for a wonderful week of sunshine & family fun! Here's our family picture on the last day..... A week sure flies by when we are having fun! We went down with another family (Chuck & Patty) and stayed in the condo unit beside them!! Here's a picture of all the kids with 'Mom-mom' (grandmother to Ben, Jesse & Sam)!! She lovingly is like a grandmother to our kids too! We aren't sure if she has more fun watching the kids having fun or actually doing things and having fun herself! Either way, she is a blessing to all who know her!! (Jesse, Travis, Ben, Mimi, Austin, Audrey & Sam in the front)
In addition to the blessing of being there at all..... we had another AWESOME treat!! Friends, Bill & Cheryl on the right (from Virginia) and Andy & Terry in blue (from Hawaii) arrived to share a condo unit too and we all had SOOOOO MUCH FUN TOGETHER!! The 8 of us went to church together 10-15 years ago when they lived in NH! It was a huge blessing to play catch up! Even after all these years we picked up right where we left off..... with Jesus as the center of our relationships, all the time apart didn't matter at all! (The ONLY thing that changed over the years was the kids' height!) I CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!! Patty & Chuck on the left and Pete & I are in back center!