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Virginia Beach

Tue Mar 25 22:10:38 EDT 2008 (claire)

We just arrived back from a long weekend in Virginia Beach where we visited my Aunt Rita, Uncle Ed and cousins SarahJane and Krista.

This was the kids farthest trip south and longest car ride. I'm happy to report that the car ride was a big success, it took almost 8 hours to get there, with a few stops, including breakfast. The best part of the drive was crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. We were literally on or under the water for over 15 minutes, it was very cool, too bad we weren't crossing the Bay during sunrise.

Of course, the "highlight" of the trip happened about an hour after we arrived late Friday morning. Before we finished unpacking, we had to take a break to find the local 24 hour emergency care station for Paige. The children learned the hard way what happens if you play with the doors... Paige experienced her first x-rays, but thankfully nothing is broken, her left thumb is just really ugly.

The rest of the trip was less eventful, we went to the local aquarium, went for a bike ride around the campground and celebrated Easter with the family! The easter bunny visited the campground and brought muffins and doughnuts for breakfast. Paige and Ben also enjoyed an Easter egg hunt at my aunts house, which was a highlight!

We are looking forward to more camping trips, especially now that they kids have convinced us they can handle longer car rides. I think we'll wait a little for some warmer weather though. Even down south, 30sih overnight is a bit cold for a pop-up camper!
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Visiting Family

Thu Mar 20 21:52:21 EDT 2008 (claire)

Last weekend we went to Baltimore, MD to visit my sister and brother-in-law and to see the St. Patrick's Day Parade. This was the first parade the kids have seen, which is somewhat sad on our part, but I generally associated parades with being cold and standing still. Thankfully, the weather was decent and everyone had a great time! Since the parade, Paige has been practicing her Irish dancing, although in secret, she is suddenly modest.

This weekend we are traveling to Virginia Beach to visit my Aunt Rita and her family. We are all looking forward to this as it is our first visit and our first weekend camping of the season! YEAH!

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Kindergarten Update!

Thu Mar 13 13:52:45 EDT 2008 (claire)

Last week I signed Paige up for Hambright Elementary, the neighborhood public school. It is a half-day program, but she will attend the afternoon program at Central Manor Elementary run by the YWCA. Everyone is very excited about this choice, thanks to everyone for your thoughts!

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Grocery Shopping

Wed Mar 12 22:33:45 EDT 2008 (claire)

We are finally able to start cooking again, I did not realize how much I actually use my oven until I was without it for two weeks! Of course, to celebrate our newly fixed oven, the kids and I went grocery shopping. Why is taking two small children to the grocery store always end in a small disaster?

I have been giving the children more “freedom” in the grocery store, i.e., they do not have to ride in the shopping cart or attached race car. They do fairly well, until the check out line. At John Herr's last week, Ben ran to the end of the check out line, crashed one cart into another, into another, into another into a cardboard display stand which of course fell over. I had to run and grab Ben, because he was still smiling and laughing at me. I ended up signing my receipt while stepping on Benedict at my feet so that he wouldn't run anywhere.

Every trip to the store I am reminded of my aunt, who once said she knows the entire bill before she gets to the check out. She manages to mentally add everything up in the cart and knows if the cashier is the slightest bit off. I am lucky if I hear the person say the total before I swipe my card, scribble something illegible as I repeat for the seven hundredth time, “You stay with Mommy in the store!”

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