Monday, August 29, 2011

End of the School Year

My goal was to have caught up on the blog by the time the girls start school next week. I better finish up last school year before starting on the new school year. The girls had an end of year Program and graduation for the 4 year old classes. My girls tend to get shy in large groups and if you remember the post from the Christmas program, Audrey freezes up and won't look at anyone but me. We decided we were going to work on that before the program. We asked the girls to sing the songs from school to us and then Tom kept encouraging them to sing it louder. During the program when the 2 year old class came out Audrey took it to heart and screamed out her songs. We couldn't stop laughing. She stumbled over words and kept singing even if the song was done. Of course her two little buddies, Katherine and Brayden just kept going right along with her. We have a video from the school made and I wish I could upload it but it is too large to upload. A couple of my other favorite parts were after a song Audrey would shake her bum and then one time after everyone started clapping she beamed, gave a fist pump and said "YES!" loud enough for all the audience to hear. Ella was pretty tame in comparison. She sang great and loved being up "performing" and trying to be SLY and wave at me. Audrey is standing next to her best buddy Katherine and Ella is posing with her best buddy Alexandria. Both are going to different schools next year and I hope the girls adjust. They had such a great year and such amazing teachers.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dog Rulez

Today our neighbor's dog, Lucy, got out. We saw her wandering and so we put her in the backyard with Daisy until the neighbor could come home and get her which was about 1/2 hour later. The dogs got along great, running around, both eating and drinking out of Daisy's dishes. When they decided to stay inside Ella decided there better be some dog rules.
1. No peeing in the house
2. No jumping on people
3. Do not let the dogs get the markers and use them on the walls.

Audrey also had me copy these rules down but she added one more.
4. Do not eat animals.

All in all, very good rules.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mixing Business and Pleasure

Tom and I rarely take trips unless they are somehow related to visiting family or combined with work. In May both NC and SC have their dental conventions at Myrtle Beach. We decided to take the girls with us to the SC show. I had to be there a day early to help train some supply reps so while I was working Tom spent the day with the girls at the beach. Our hotel was right on the beach so they just walked down.

The girls running to the water.
Running away from the waves.

Playing in the waves and Audrey in the mud. Their favorite game is when Tom and I would lift them up and into the crashing waves.

We took the girls to Broadway at the Beach, which has a bunch of stores, food and rides. We thought since we were taking the girls to Disneyland later in the summer we would see how they did on these ride first. They LOVED them. The car ride seems tame from the pictures but they go in an oval and at the turns it whips the car around really fast. The girls couldn't stop giggling. I have also yet to meet a carousel the girls don't like.

The big conference center in Myrtle Beach is at the Kingston Plantation which is a Hilton Property. The conference center is part of the Embassy Suites. Adjacent to Embassy are Hampton Inn, Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, and Hilton Timeshare Properties. All the hotels have their own pools and beach access since they are beachfront properties. When you stay at any of the Hilton's you get access to any of the hotel pools. Each of them have fun pools to play at and a boardwalk that connects all the hotels together. The Embassy has an amazing water park type pool and includes a kiddie pool and lazy river. My girls love the water park even though they don't love going on the slides and getting water dumped on them. The lazy river was their favorite. Our hotel has the pool with the rock and waterfall and sandbar in the pool (yes the sandbar is meant to be there). Besides being a little windy and a chance of a tornado that never came to fruition, we had a great vacation and the girls got their first tan lines of the season.