Sunday, July 26, 2015

F I V E !!!

We interrupt our very irregularly scheduled posts with an important annual tradition.  Annelee is five today!  For the longest time, she has been telling people she is 4 1/2.  Then, last month, Will told her she was 4 11/12th.  So she started telling people that.  So cute.  The last couple of days, she's been telling us that she JUST. CAN. NOT. WAIT. until her birthday and was not happy that I told her she had to.

Yet another year of developmental leaps is behind our little girl.  Her language has exploded further, and she has started reciting "sight words" and loves to sit on the couch and "read".  Annelee is most definitely ready for kindergarten to start in the fall.  This time next year, I expect our entire family to be sitting around, each reading a book.  Annelee will remain at Creative Minds for the mornings (as will a bunch of her friends), and then go to KG in the afternoon.  I think this will be a wonderful arrangement for her.

Annelee has also joined the rest of the girls on Gypsy Lane in roaming from house to house to find someone to play with.  She loves riding her bike on the street, chasing the chickens around and dictating exactly who says and does what when playing with us.

Happy birthday, my sweet girl!

Here are the previous years:  Four, Three, Two, One

August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Murrells Inlet 2015

This year, Cousin Bill had invited us down to Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach, to stay at his "Flip Flop Inn".  Of course, we said yes.

So, we set out for the airport one Friday morning, to catch the short flight down there.  4 hours of delay and next to no updates, the airline canceled the flight due to technical issues with the plane and told us to come back for an 8am flight the next morning.  How frustrating!!!!

Luckily, they did fix the plane, and shortly before lunch the next day, we were settled into the Flip Flop Inn.  Bill and Whitney had converted a two-car garage into the perfect little apartment.  We loved it.

We spent an absolutely lovely week.  We enjoyed the beach at Huntington Beach State Park (even in the pouring rain one time), visited Brookgreen Gardens, and spent some time on the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach.

One of the highlights was Cousin Bill taking us out on his boat on a ride through the Saltmarsh and some time on a deserted beach.

We also met Will's half-brother Rick, had delicious food at various restaurants and spent many a lovely evening with Bill and Whitney, sitting outside chatting and having a drink.

We most definitely plan on taking Bill and Whitney up on their kind invitation to go back.

I did bring my camera, but didn't use it once.  Instead, I took a bunch of pictures with my phone.  So, if the quality of pictures isn't the best, that would be the reason why.

I'll try and get more photos up in the next couple of days.  In the meantime, here are some from the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet one evening.

Breezy family photo

Big Fish