Through the Year for Elianna
4 may 2014
Elianna is 3 years old!
She was not overly happy to take the lying down pictures.
Or a picture standing up.
She was excited to be able to look for her gifts.
And to snuggle with Mommy. (That is my story and I am sticking to it.)
What could your first present be?
A purple ball. Yes, I know she received a red ball last year, but she loves balls and she loves purple, so this year she got a purple ball.
What did I say, she loves the ball. (I believe Abigail burned her wrist while making the cake.)
Present, present, what could you be?
Tootsie Pops!!! Do I have to share?
My own Magna Doodle!
Crazy people shot.
Yep, still crazy.
Her with all of her gifts, a Barbie, a Ken, a ball, Tootsie Pops, few cards, a Lego set and a Magna Doodle.
Can I eat it all?
Blowing out the candles.
One more to go.
Yum, Yum! Do I get a four layer cake next year?
One more present arrived the next day.
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama is one of her favorite books.
A real favorite here.
Happy Birthday, Elianna. I hope you had a great day.
A few closing shots of our vacation.
Here is the pool in the backyard of the house. I spent quite a few hours in the hot tub. Yes the pool was heated. The kidlets loved it. It really was fun to be able to swim whenever we wanted and then run back into the house. You can see the west side of the island behind the houses.
The Bodie Island Light Station on the way home. We did not stop at this one, there was just too much to do.
Levi fell asleep on the way home.
So did a few other people.
Some people did not fall asleep easily.
Olivia lost a tooth shorty after we got home. Auntie Cathy was disappointed she could not pull it.
Caleb was tired when we got home.
Lauren’s foot is still aw-aw-awesome.
Bethany, Abigail and Lauren decided they would play the game, how long can we stand in the very cold water.
Even Miriam is going to take off her sweatshirt, it must be warm. Elianna loves the sand and water.
See, she loves it!
Sean and I got up early one morning to watch the sunrise. We did not get good pictures. The big girls got up early the last morning we were there and they got amazing pictures of the sunrise.
Truly amazing pictures. Look at what God has made!
Today we are off to see the Cape Hatteras Light Station. It is the most photographed lighthouse in the United States, maybe the world. It is an unassuming yet beautiful lighthouse. Notice the striping pattern. Each lighthouse on the Outer Banks has a unique coloring and design.
We are getting close, just around the grove of trees.
The entrance to the park. I am sure it said all sorts of important things.
While my sister’s family went up to the top of the lighthouse, we took pictures. Behind us are the original lighthouse keepers houses. The one on the left we were able to tour and is presently used as a museum. The other on is reserved for the park employees.
Some snapshots of some cute kidlets.
Cathy took my camera up to the top of the lighthouse and took pictures for us.
It is a completely different perspective from the top. Look at the delicate habitat.
Looks like a slim piece of land to drive on that connects the Outer Banks.
This is where the Lighthouse used to be. Read more about it here, Moving the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. That is also where we will go to eat lunch later.
More beautiful views.
The tress looks so small from way up high.
We were busy taking pictures while they were enjoying the scenery.
This has been a very busy vacation and…
we are worn out.
Still waiting on their return.
Then we went through the museum. I would have pictures here except some people’s children are not good at taking indoor pictures. So I don’t have any.
Levi getting up to run away.
We were able to get the workbooks that the National Sea Shore puts out so the kids were busy doing their work.
No rest for the weary.
Levi loving his freedom.
So fun even a child can do it.
Miriam, working hard to research her answers.
All the cousins by the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
Two hats for the little boy.
We are on the beach where the lighthouse used to be, where we ate lunch and played by the water, in the sand. Looking back at the lighthouse.
Today was a beautiful day to be at the beach. We did have to keep moving back in order to avoid the incoming tide.
A former pier.
What a wonderful day to be alive.
Another great thing about going to the beach during off season is the ease of having a bon fire at the beach without a lot of people around and it is not too hot. hahahaha. Here are Levi and Uncle Ted. Uncle Ted is Levi’s favorite person because he brought the perfect size chair to sit in.
Oh, there is a dog, we must go over and pet said dog.
The ocean was still very active that night.
Elianna is somewhat unimpressed. We must not have started the fire yet.
Abigail on the other hand, loves all things that pertain to the beach, except going under the water. Notice her colorful cheeks and forehead.
Miriam posing for the camera.
And making a sand castle.
Caleb joining in on the fun.
Playing volleyball without a net. They had to use their imaginations.
Around the fire.
Beau, explaining the mysteries of life. We even caught a spark from the fire streaking in front of Abigail’s face.
Uncle Ted and Levi chillaxin’ and Lauren pointing out stars to Caleb.
Elianna, Bethany and me enjoying the fire. Caleb in the background.
We enjoyed s’mores, with a small side of sand and enjoyed being around the fire. We all slept really well that night, really well. While on the beach we saw a group of people sending off luminaries into the sky. It was an interesting experience to watch from a distance.
Back to our beach. What a beautiful day it was, again. It was windy, but sunny. Some of the kidlets wore their jackets due to the brisk ocean wind.
Digging in the sand was the event of the day. We needed to keep moving away from the beach as the tide was coming in.
Levi in the backpack for awhile while the other kidlets dug in the sand.
Abigail and Lauren debating how far into the ocean they wanted to go.
Miriam freezing to death.
Bethany oblivious to the chill, enjoying the sand.
A helicopter flew overhead as we were chatting.
Thomas was unimpressed.
Abigail and Lauren spinning around the bat and then walking around. Yes, it was comical.
Caleb in Nathan’s jacket.
He discovered all sorts of cool shells.
Bethany finally discovered she was cold and put on a jacket.
Olivia with para sailors in the background.
Caleb loves the beach.
Spending time at the beach was a lot of work, but so much fun for all. The water was cold and the air was chilly, but there was still lots to do at the beach and new things to explore.
We made the drive up to Corolla Beach on the northern most part of the Outer Banks one day, hoping to see the wild horses. One thing we failed to find in our research was that we would need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to go see the horses and there was no way we could walk the distance to where the horses are usually seen. We also did not realize that the likelyhood of seeing horses is actually rather slim unless we paid $45 per person to take a paid tour. So instead, we just visited a beach and played in the water.
No, we did not bring out swim suits.
Mom and Abigail.
Levi truly enjoyed the ocean, really he did. Thomas helping him up to his feet.
The wind is going to take me away.
Olivia loves the ocean.
Bethany enjoyed finding shells and playing in the water and sand.
Family photo time.
Everyone look at the camera and smile.
Now with the dunes in the background.
Playing in the water, it was wonderful. The water was very cold, however.
This windy weather is perfect for flying kites. Great thing Auntie Cathy remembered to bring some to share.
Because it was April, the beach was rather empty and we were able to fly all sorts of kites on the beach.
Long beach shot.
Thomas and Abigail.
Levi taking a break from the ocean.
Even Uncle Ted got into the action.
Lauren entertaining Bella and Elianna.
Building a sandcastle is a lot of work, so is flying kites.
If you give a geographer some sand… .
Thomas supervising Uncle Ted.
Now they all want to dig in the sand.
Uncle Ted and his pirate kite.
Olivia just enjoying looking over the water.
While we were very disappointed that we could not see the horses, we did enjoy our day at the beach.
The beach at last! Those waves look angry.
At the Wright Brothers National Monument with most of the family. A few of the kidlets were sick so I stayed back at the beach house with them. The museum was a nice history of the birth of aviation in North Carolina.
(Left to right) Abigail, Bethany, Beau, Thomas, Nathan,
Bella, Lauren, Jackie and Caleb.
Aunty Cathy tell us what happened, please.
What is in your hand, Uncle Ted?
A replica of the plane the Wright brothers flew. This was neat to see as we had seen another copy of it while we were in DC.
Caleb what type of plane is that?
Not a 747.
Wright brothers plaque with the monument in the background.
“First Flight 100th Anniversary, 1903-2003.”
A marker marking the landing of the first successful flight.
Side-tracked by dogs on the way to the Wright Brothers National Monument. This scene will repeat itself in the next few days.
Back on track to the monument.
Finally made it to the Wright brothers monument.
It was very windy at the top of Kitty Hawk.
Dad, Uncle Ted is being crazy again.
Our family, well, those who went.
The view of a playground from the monument.
Ted trying to fight the wind.
Some of the girls playing on a playground plane.
Don’t fall, Bethany.
What do you think about the museum Thomas? It is obvious what Ted thinks.
Nathan on the wing of the replica.
Caleb and Bella flying the plane.
Ted in his defensive end stance. This scene was also repeated numerous times this week.
When they returned to the house, we headed to the beach because the rain had let up and the wind had died down a bit. It was still cool coming off the ocean, but we just could not stay away any longer.
On the way to the beach.
Closer to the beach. Yes, it was a walk to the beach, but that is because if we weren’t when a hurricane would come, the houses would be washed away into the ocean. It really was not a bad walk, and one we got used to making.
Look at those waves.
What a wonderful time we had that day. Watching and listening to the waves was amazing.
In April we joined my sister’s family and my brother at the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week in the sun, sand and surf. I don’t believe this pictures was taken on Sunday morning, but this picture makes me laugh. 10 kidlets on the fold out couch watching Frozen for the 4th or 10th time Who was counting?
Getting ready to make Resurrection Rolls on the third floor of the beach house. It was so bright and sunny and hot up there.
Jake and Caleb running up the stairs to join the fun.
Miriam, excited to wear her DC shirt on her second vacation of the year.
Getting ready to explain the Resurrection Rolls and answering last minute questions.
Abigail and Caleb helping to open the crescent rolls.
Such good sports.
Demonstrating how to make them.
Everyone enjoyed making them and then eating them. It was a great way to start our vacation and fun with the family.