Monday, May 24, 2010

A Math Problem

here's the math...

6 years ago

+ 2 weddings

+ 5 houses bought

+ 4 kids

+ 2 states

= 1 great get together

we met the grdinas and the tates almost immediately after moving to ohio. they both lived directly behind our townhouse. we have all since purchased our own homes, had kids and the tates moved to NC about when we moved to SC. the grdinas have remained in ohio and it has been a struggle to try to get together as frequently as we would like. in fact, we haven't all been together since stacey and autumn were pregnant with the girls and they are about 18 months old now. too long! well, this weekend the stars aligned and we met at the tate's in NC. although the ladies and the kiddies didn't leave the neighborhood (we didn't have a vehicle large enough for 4 carseats and the 3 of us...ha ha), we had a blast just catching up. plus, the kids got along great and had a wonderful time playing with the toy store that is the tate living room.

mr. handsome

arianne, little miss personality sweetie pie, ashleigh grace
yoshi doesn't mind a little lovin'
snuggle time
what?!? how does my kid know how to do this?

what a little romeo! (sorry john & autumn) an annual tradition...the "go jimmie go" ice cream cake the divas, ready for their wagon ride
color timedo you think he was happy about his coloring book that miss stacey gave him?
a shot of all the kiddos before heading to the playground

jj grdina, roman colella, arianne grdina, ashleigh tate

so chill we made it to the playground big kids about to head down the slide
i'm ready momma
jj's 5 minute catnap
climbing in... there's room for two on here
ashleigh's the queen bee isn't she beeutiful?
buzz buzz
time to clean up...wait...what is this fun stuff?
lounging in their jammies tates...thanks for hosting all of us

grdinas...thanks for driving all that way

let's not wait as long next time, huh?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Streak

the shorts got wet when he dropped his "special treat" on them (rita's), the shirt got wet when we were giving duke a bath, so we spent the rest of the evening in big boy underwears!

helping poppa water the flowers

safety first. at least he's wearing a helmet trying to find what he wants to play with he picked baseball!

eyes on the ball oh yeah! smacked it outta the park!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Space "Shubble", Waterslides, Horses & Swords!

our first real "family" vacation. we went to florida with roman this weekend. we didn't go to visit anyone...nobody else came along. just us. it was kinda cool. we had a really great time and roman did too. check out our million pictures below....

it was super crowded where we were set up to watch the shuttle launch
see the dude behind the white truck...he fell in the lagoon up to his chest!
lots more people were out on these docks! i probably would have worn a life jacket in case it collapsed....or just not gone at all cuz i'm claustrophobic like that.
kennedy space center
the boy getting a bird's eye view...
***note, no pictures of the actual launch because we took a video instead***
if i can figure out how to get pics from the video, i'll post one later

on to Aquatica. Sea World has a waterpark, it was definitely tame, but that was what we were looking for so that little man could actually have fun.
this was a tank with commerson dolphins in it that a waterslide actually goes through. toby went down the slide. ro & i watched.
he wouldn't take his eyes off the dolphins, but he did say cheese!
he loved watching them

heading out into the pool with poppa
having a snack, poolside
you don't think he was having fun, do ya?
well, maybe just a little
i think toby had more fun on this one...

ahhh, refreshing!
kisses for poppa

now down a slide all by himself...he was so brave!
slipping a little, but that's what makes you go fast...
then, after a nap, we went to medieval times. don't you love our crowns?
take that, you evil knight!
lord roman with his sword
lasering some random knight with his sword
lords toby and roman
okay, so do you think he liked the sword?
this is the official sword foot forward
last one of the sword, i promise
our red knight vs. the evil green knight
all the horses and knights coming out
he was mesmerized
our red knight won his battle
oooh, the nice people at the hotel left us some special treats
yook, momma, a special treat!
so sad to leave. he had this face on until we told him we would stop and get him a "kid's meal"...aka hash browns from McDs!!!!

what a great time and many wonderful memories made.