Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beach Vacation Part 2

We awoke to a beautiful morning on Wednesday so we all had an early breakfast before heading to the boardwalk to ride the surreys.

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Even though it was too early for Wonderland Pier to open, the boys were asking to go on the rides and the "ferry wheel."

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We knew that Hurricane Irene was going to hit the Jersey shore early on Sunday morning, but there were no talks about evacuations at this point, so we were still going about your vacation. After all, it was gorgeous and we wanted to spend more time in the ocean.

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Someone took his love for the sand a little too seriously.

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Christa, Charlie, Justin, myself and the boys stayed in that night, had dinner, had some drinks and played cards while Mom Mom & Poppy went to Atlantic City for a night out with their friends.

When we woke on Thursday morning, I was excited because Aunt La La (Lisa) was coming down to spend the day with us. The problem was that there were thunderstorms that were supposed to be rolling in. We went to the beach for a little while (while Justin golfed) until we were rained out.

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Aunt La La was a lot of fun to play around with but, like I said, it was rainy, so we didn't last on the beach for too long.

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We went home after a while and hung out at the house until the men returned from golfing. By this point, the Governer of NJ said that they wanted people out of Ocean City by Friday night which meant we needed to cut our vacation short by a day.

There were still some things we wanted to do on the boardwalk, so Justin and I packed the boys up and off we went.

As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, the rain started to fall, but I was hell-bent on having our yearly "Old Time Photos" taken, so we dashed down the boardwalk to the photo shop. We were all wet from the rain. There were probably 40 people crammed into this little studio because of the rain so we headed another block down to Wonderland so that the boys could go on a few rides. That's where I ran into a blog reader -- hello friend!!

We managed to make it back to the photo place to have the picture done with very few tears. The Nolan was NOT enjoying it at all!

After we returned home, Justin and I got ready for a night out in Atlantic City. A storm had rolled in and people were evacuating in preparation for Sunday's hurricane. We didn't plan on leaving until the following afternoon (Friday) because we had heard that the weather was going to be gorgeous and we hoped to spend the morning on the beach.

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This is a blackberry picture of the storm over AC. There was some pretty incredible lightning!

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We enjoyed our night out at the Borgata -- we had dinner at Old Homestead and played some roulette before heading back to the house. The rain had stopped by the time we left which was good for us!

Friday morning was absolutely gorgeous -- the perfect beach day!

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Unfortunately (but better safe than sorry), the beach patrol rode down the beach and kicked us off stating that there were mandatory evacuations effective immediately. We had known that we needed to be off the island by evening, but I guess they wanted to get everyone off the beach earlier.

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We went back to the house, packed everything very quickly and were out the door by noon. It took about 2 1/2 hours to get home which I didn't think was too bad considering the traffic!

We went to the grocery store that night back home and I couldn't believe the crowds. There was no bread on the shelves! By this point, they had down-graded the storm to a Category 1 and I thought everyone was being a little too over-cautious, but whatever gets you through the day, right?

We spent that night relaxing and listening to Nolan and Luke telling us everything they did at the beach. "Cars, bike, shovel, bucket, boat, train, water, beach."

We had a fun vacation and I was very happy that the boys enjoyed themselves!

Up next, our Hurricane Irene shindig!

Monday, August 29, 2011

OCNJ Beach Vacation - Part One

We returned home a little bit early from our beach vacation because of Hurricane Irene, but we had a fantastic time nonetheless! We spent (almost) a week in Ocean City, New Jersey with Mom Mom, Poppy, Aunt Christa and Uncle Charlie in a lovely home on Asbury Avenue. When I hit the lottery some day (wishful thinking!), a beach house will be one of my first purchases!

We arrived on Saturday afternoon to a house full of our family. Nolan and Luke tore through the house exploring their new surroundings. They were especially excited about their bedroom and big boy beds which Mom Mom had already set up for them! I don't know what happened, but I can't find a single picture I took from our first day - including Aunt Brenda's birthday pictures! We had a very fun night celebrating Brenda's 30th birthday at her family's house.

The following morning (Sunday) was spent on the beach and afterwards, the boardwalk!
Look at that sky -- I thought that a huge storm would roll in, but we had a great day!
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Now for some boardwalk pictures! My little guys were so excited!! Luke kept saying, "Look at that!" and pointing to different rides!
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We spent Monday by the beach then Mike & Gloria came over and we had a delicious dinner at home.
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Tuesday -- the men woke up and went golfing while the girls and my two little guys went to the beach. Mom Mom, the boys and myself, were all in the water and when we came out, Christa mentioned that she felt the ground shake. I didn't feel anything since I was in the ocean, but we saw a military helicopter fly down the beach then everyone started talking about the earthquake.

When the guys were finished golfing, they met us on the beach and we spent the rest of the afternoon boogie boarding and playing with Nolan and Luke.
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After the beach, we went to the boardwalk again for some more rides, ice cream and french fries (all before dinner!).
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Uncle Charlie met us by the rides and told us that a string band was out on the boardwalk.

My Luke boys love music!
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Luke watching the string band.
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Nolan dancing with daddy.
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After the boardwalk, we went back home and Aunt Christa and Uncle Charlie made us some delicious tacos and margaritas! Christa makes the most delicious cocktails and has the blog to show it (here)! I can't even begin to tell you about the bloody marys -- to die for!

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The rest of the week is to be continued later!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

While at Sesame Place this weekend, Grammie wanted to buy the boys a character plush.
Trying to get two two year old boys to pick just one was quite interesting.
Personally, I love the Count, but my mom wasn't offering to buy me one, so I left it up to the boys!
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That's how Ernie and Elmo came home with us!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nolie Guacamole

I've been singing a special song to my Nolan since he was a few days old.

I like to make things rhyme.
What rhymes with Nolie?
Guacamole.

Roley poley Nolie
Sitting in a hole-y
Eating guacamole
and hangin' with his mom

And here is my little buddy eating some homemade guacamole like it's nobody's business!
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday Night at Sesame

After work on Thursday, Justin and I took the boys to Sesame Place for a little while. The crowds were thinning out so we tried some amusement rides before hitting any water rides.
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I don't take my Nikon camera with me because I'm petrified that something will happen to it, so all pictures are from the point & shoot.
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Waiting in line!
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After the ride, we went to the Splash Castle, but the water was freezing, so we stayed just long enough for Justin to ride a water slide.
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I think that Luke's favorite thing about Sesame Place is all of the music that is constantly playing. Here he is busting a move!
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Then we saw Bert & Ernie and, oh my goodness, were they excited!
The camera took forever to start, so Justin missed getting a picture of Nolan running into Ernie's arms. I felt like he didn't want to let him go!
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They look a little miserable, but I think it's because the sun was in their eyes -- they were so excited to meet them!
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After a while, it was time to go.
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