So the night before we had planned to leave for the beach we discovered that our air conditioner was leaking through the celling (thank goodness this did not happen while we were gone). We knew that it was going to die at some point (and held on to our home warranty insurance in hopes that it would for years until we could not anymore last year). So it was not a huge surprise but deflating none the less. In trying to look at the bright side of things, I explained that we would just sweat through our final packing and arrange to have it looked at as soon as we returned in a week. I hoped that the extreme heat would not damage anything but we did move the plants to the basement.
However once we returned, the man that we had been referred to and thought we had an appointment with would not contact us back. Add in the stress of Beach leaving to go out of town and the temps in the high 90's there was no way we could stay there. Thankfully my parents live so close, have room for us and are so accommodating! They had already spent a week around our energetic children that I'm sure they needed a break but never once complained. Two weeks later and another trusted company found, we were finally back in our home with a complete new AC unit (and huge bill).
Throughout our stay, though, we had some fun adventures together!
This amazing blueberry farm was perfect for the littles, as they could pick too!
Although some pickers lasted longer than others, they were all pretty good sports.
(Getting 3 kids to look at the camera, not play in the dirt or eat blueberries is next to impossible!)
What do you do with hundreds and hundreds of blueberries? Well we froze a ton, ate another ton and some awesome treats were made!
Danielle made this wonder for father's day!
The dads (and us all) were very pleased!
It was plate licking good!
During the summer the Marionette Theater has a special performances at the library. We waited to take a picture afterwords but Ezra refused to look at the camera and would not take his eyes off that hare out of fear.
So we tried just a girl picture. They always do a fabulous job and I enjoy seeing all that creativity.
The next afternoon they got to dig in....Ezra is not a huge fan of super cold things and wasn't sure what to think!
But I say he enjoyed himself!
One Saturday we had some fun a family expo....getting there when it started so not to face a big crowd. We hit the bounce house first.
Then we had some amazing face painting!
Shiloh never wants to get hers done but decided before we left that today she would!
Ezra waited patiently in line....determined to have one too!
The girls were pretty excited when these characters came by!
Little dragon loving!
The kids ended the event by getting on stage with the Zumba instructors for some dancing and stretching!
One of the best days by far is Poppy Camp. Where Poppy spends hours setting up his inflatables to make a great morning/afternoon spent in the shade of a hot SC day.
All kinds of fun kid combos and I had a good time taking pictures and making movies.
I love these slowed down moments of bonding time!
The littlest littles may have been encouraged to hold hands for this picture captured by D.
Another fun one of hers!
The movie theater does a couple of dollar kids movies a couple of days a week during the summer. I'm pretty picky about what they watch but there were a couple that I felt we could do. So the kids did great watching their first theater movie, HOME.
It was a joy that mom could join us as well!
Another bonus was that the kids got to have pets while we were staying at my parents. They so loved the dogs (and it made me wish I was not allergic to them) and it reminded me of my childhood love for them as well!
It was supper sad news when we found that Diva had to be put to sleep, at 12 years-old. Zoe balled for over 15 minutes and Shiloh attempted to comfort her, explaining that she was in heaven.
My parents are amazing hosts to have us there for so long. I don't know what we would have done with out them!! It was just hard on this momma who was going through a detox, overwhelming food illumination, and lack of her grounding structure. However, we built many fun memories that we can always look back on!