Sunday, April 26, 2009

Corey's First Kayak Trip


A couple of months ago we were in Daytona and noticed that Boater's World was going out of business. So, we decided to stop in and see if we could get some good deals. They had two kayaks left that were 10% off, but the price had also been reduced. We had been talking a couple days before about getting some, so we decided to go for it. Today we got to use these kayaks for the first time. We went with OP and Sheryl and had a blast. Corey sat back and relaxed the entire time.

Corey and I

Chris getting the kayak ready
Corey and I after the ride
Corey exploring as we got packed up
Corey with Aunt Sheryl
The boys packing up the kayaks

After our trip we stopped at Manny's Pizza for lunch and Dairy Queen for some ice cream. Corey demolished his cone!!!!

We then went home and took a 2.5 hour nap... that was nice!!!

Easter 2009

Easter Sunday we had to take my dad back to Jacksonville and his truck. Since we had to take the trip up there anyway, we decided to hit up the Jacksonville Zoo. Corey was so enthralled by all the animals we had to practically tear him away from each of the exhibits.

When we got home Corey dug into his Easter basket, which he loved!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Break Days 6, 7, and 8

The next three days were pretty uneventful. We spent Thursday lounging around the house and playing outside a bit. We also went all over Corry trying to find some vacuum seal bags so that I could fit all of my clothes (and the clothes that Nikki gave me that Kyle has outgrown) into my luggage. Dawn, Donna and the kids came for a visit that night, but I had absolutely no energy to take pictures.

Friday was spent making sure I had all my stuff and getting it packed up. We headed for the airport and Corey slept most of the way, which was good because I slept with him on the recliner Thursday night because he was coughing so badly. But, that did not give me hope that he would sleep on the plane. Our time in the airport was interesting to say the least. We got there early enough to have dinner in the airport. As I tell the rest of this story keep in mind that this airport has only two gates, it is small. When we tried to check our bags they asked for Corey's birth certificate, which I didn't have because their website didn't say I needed it. I probably should have had it though. So, I told the lady that she can try to take him from me if she wanted but he wouldn't go to anyone else. Then, as we are going through security my bags get flagged because I had Corey's sippy cups in there with milk and water. Also my dad and I just bought a couple bottles of water (which they threw away). Well, because of the liquids they had to search my bag. They do a swipe on all electronics and check them on a machine that tells if they have traces of anything on them. Well, my camera came back saying that it had traces of some sort of explosives on it. Great. All that I could think of was that I was going to loose my camera. I would not have been happy. So, they told my dad to take what was his and proceed. I, on the other hand, had to have my carry on searched and they had to FRISK me. Geesh, that was embarrasing!!! Corey was then great on the flight, fell asleep half way through, refused to take a pacifier and woke up in pain when we were landing. He was super duper happy to see Daddy when we finally got home!!!

Spring Break Day 5

First thing Wednesday morning we went to see Grandma. I got a lot of pictures of the boys (ok, mostly Corey) wreaking havoc on Grandma's house. They got into EVERYTHING, well, Corey did. Kyle spent most of his time trying to keep Corey out of trouble.

I also got a rare shot of my dad (ha, ha) with the boys. They were looking at a John Deere magazine. I do wish I had gotten a picture with Corey and his great-grandma, but you know how those things go.
Later Chrissy came over with her two beautiful girls. I tried to get some shots of them. But, being that the kids ranged in age from 1 to 6 it was really hard to wrangle them!!!

We tried to get a picture of the 5 kids and this was one of the best!!!! Just kidding, but this how the whole shot went: Corey wanted to look at the big kids, Kyle wanted to play, Charlie wanted to crawl around. And on the off chance that all three babies were looking at me the two older ones were either looking away or making funny faces. So, what we have here is proof that the five of them were together at one time :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Break Day 4: playing in the snow and a little party

On Tuesday we woke up to a whole lotta snow!!!! Later in the day we decided to take the kids out and play. Corey wasn't to sure of the snow, and he REALLY didn't like touching it!!!!

We decided to do a birthday party for the boys since we were all together and their birthdays fall during times that are impossible for us to get together. So, we made a cake and Casey's mom (Debbie, for future reference) made some yummy, yummy, yummy peanut butter frosting and let the kids lick the beaters. When they were done the beater's were clean enough to put away (just kidding by the way, we did wash them).

I also found out why cake smashes are done on the first birthday: because once a child learns to use a fork, they will no longer "smash" their cakes. We tried, it didn't work... However, Nicholas did have a messy face by the end because someone pushed his face into it.

We gave the kids a bath after the cake and then they got to open some presents.
Nicholas got a movie and some Batman wings.

Kyle got a racetrack:

And Corey got a vehicles fridge magnet and a shake and roll Lightning McQueen car:

Spring Break Day 3: Shopping

Nikki and I decided to take advantage of the lack of sales tax in PA on Monday, so we went to the mall and did some shopping. Corey and Kyle cruised in a double stroller while enjoying some cookies!!!! They both got some new boots.

When we were heading home it started to SNOW!!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring Break Day 2: Corey meets the family

On Sunday the whole family met at my cousin's house for a BBQ. Corey got to meet all of his second cousins and I got to see all my aunts, uncles, and cousins again. There are 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Let me tell you, it was fun trying to get all of them to look at the camera and to keep the babies from crying.

After the visit, we decided to do another and visit our mother's grave.

When we got back to Corry we let the kids play outside and blow off some steam.

Corey and Kyle were exploring together, these two are going to be T-R-O-U-B-L-E when they get older!!!


Nicholas loves his suicide wings, crazy kid.