Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beach Field Day for Jack

Today was Jack's Field Day for his Shark Team. They decided to have it at the beach, which would of been a great idea if it hadn't decided to be the HOTTEST day of the year. Then on top of that, there was absolutely NO WIND at the beach! Which is odd...there's always a breeze..... But anyway, we got there around 9 in the morning and while we waited for the buses to arrive, Jon and I walked along the beach, took in some pictures and enjoyed the calm before the storm.

Once the buses arrived, we all met at the seashells (the little rental shacks on the beach) to arrange our game plans and wait for the teachers to set up the relay stations. Each kid was given a water bottle to keep on them at all times because of the heat and Mrs. Eve, (Jack's Teacher) was super glad Jon was there in case any of the kids ended up with heat exhaustion.

Jacks first station was the Sand Castle station. Here all the kids got to use various buckets, shovels and such to try and build their castles. It was an excellent station to start with.

While wandering down to the surf and back, we came across this poor crab. Rest in Peace little buddy!

Jack working on his mounds of sand...

Next it was time to line up the kids for their chance at the relay races....

I wish you could see this picture better, his face is priceless!

Run Jack Run!!

There was also kite flying, shark teeth hunting and lunch all piled into the day. But unfortunately, our camera died on us so we weren't able to get those pictures! Although the day was extremely hot, the kids had a great time and we kept them all well hydrated! Jack loved having us there and especially because we bought him a lunchable to have as his lunch! He over the moon about that! The kids loaded back up onto the buses around 1:30 and as soon as Jon and I got home, I hit the shower! I can't believe how hot, grimy, sweaty and dirty you can get from just one afternoon at the beach!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

My nephew Cameron's 11th Birthday

All things considered, I think that my sister and I (given the lifestyle that we lead) are pretty lucky to have an opportunity to be able to live by each other. Given the fact that each of our husbands are in the service and even more so, each a different branch (Navy and Marines), we just never thought we'd have the chance to ever really live by family again. Much less each other. So I feel very lucky that we get to be a part of each other's ever day life and that we're able to be there for fun celebrations like Cameron's birthday.

This year, with my brother in law Cory being deployed, my sister wanted to do something a little more low key. So instead of having this huge birthday party, they decided to do a movie/dinner birthday.

But it all started off with all of us Hammies headed over to their house bright and early so I could make Cameron's FAVORITE breakfast. Chocolate chip pancakes! Every time he stays the night, he always asks me if I'll make them the next morning and 9 times out of 10, I do. So how could I say no when he asked if I would make him pancakes for his birthday?

Slaving away (sans makeup, eeeek!) for my nephew....

For his birthday, Cameron mostly wanted cash from people. He was going to save up and get himself a Kinect or an iTouch. Which is why he had decided to do something small. That way the money that Nicole would of spent on a huge party, he could use towards getting his BIG gift.

Here he is opening some gifts sent by his family...

His last gift and it's from his Mom and Dad....

Wait! What is this?!!

It's a note telling him that if he wants his present he's gonna have to go on a scavenger hunt! Each clue he finds direct him to the next clue, until he reaches the end!
Cassie and Nicole had come up with a bunch of clues leading him to various places in and out of the house where he'd find his next clue. At each station, he'd have to either find the clue or perform a task to receive his next hint.

Jon and I had held a clue that was in the garage. In order for me to give it to him, I required a little song and dance....

You want me to do WHAT?

She's jokin' right?

Oh no! The embarrassment!

So I torture the kid by making him sing for me and shake his booty. He did a somewhat decent job and then I felt sorry for his lack of skillz so I gave him his clue.

One of his other clues lead him outside where his Uncle Danny was waiting for him. Another opportunity to embarrass him....

He finally makes it back inside where he finds his last clues...

His scavenger hunt is complete and the kid ends up rolling in dough!

Cash Money dawg!

Afterwards, we celebrated by digging into some ice cream cake from Schwans...

Then it was a mad rush out the door to make it to the 1 o'clock movie of Pirates of the Caribbean. It was a great movie and the kids loved it. But we made sure not to fill up on snacks and popcorn because Cameron wanted to go to ShoGuns for his birthday dinner.

We all pile into the restaurant and I'm unlucky enough to be stuck with all the kids AGAIN! But it was actually a good thing. We had an awesome chef who teased the kids, bantered with them and showed us all a good time. Unlike the dud they had at the Adult table next to us! Suckers!!

Love the Onion Fire Volcano!

All in all, I'd say Cameron had a GREAT 11th Birthday! He ended up using his money to go by a kinect for his xbox and he even had enough left over to buy some more games for his DS. That kid was rolling in it! What a lucky guy!

Happy Birthday Cam! We love you!!

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