Meet Doggie, “Bear”, and Puppy

For the longest time I would read or hear about how babies/toddlers can become attached to certain objects. And I just couldn’t relate. Kenny showed zero preference to any stuffed animals, blankets, toys, etc. 

About 6 weeks ago that changed. 

Meet Doggie, “Bear” and Puppy-

And as you can see, the stuffed animals are actually all dogs, but we have to call one “bear” because it’s hard to distinguish between the three of them. (Can you guess what Kenny’s favorite animal is?) Kenny treats these dogs like little babies. It has made me feel like I have three more kids I need to take care of, which maybe is good practice for when the babe comes in January. (We find out the gender in less than 2 weeks!)

Kenny makes sure that the animals get food when we sit down for meals and snacks, get diaper changes, get their clothes changed for the day, get shoes, etc. For the first few days I thought it was cute, but sometimes it is hard to have patience when your 19 month old insists (over and over and over) that you go find doggie because he needs to eat food with us even though we are in a hurry. 

But really, it is cute. He loves the stuffed animals so much. They were all given to him (Oma, Papa, and Nanny). “Bear” already has two holes on his back because he gets so much love. And it is really cute when Kenny does share them with other kids. (It happens occasionally, but only if he really likes you . . . and typically he will want it right back.)

He also has a favorite blanket. It is a Cars blanket, so it has Lightening McQueen and Mater on it. (Trucks. Surprise! Not.) He thinks it is the best, and he loves to be wrapped in it like a cape. Sorry there’s no picture. Maybe another post I will get one, but right now he is down for a nap and ain’t no way I’m waking the babe for anything. :)

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Charleston

So after living in South Carolina for over a year, we finally made it to the beach! We debated which beach we wanted to go to, and we finally decided Charleston. Boy am I glad we chose Charleston! (And yes, that was Ken’s idea, and he only mentioned it to me 2341 times on the vacation. I had originally wanted to go to another beach, so he teased me the whole time in Charleston about it since I enjoyed Charleston so much.)

My sister, Tracey, and her family came down as well as my mom. It was so fun to have everyone together (sans my brother and dad). Also, are we the only ones that had never experienced a vacation home before? We were planning on staying in hotel rooms, but a friend mentioned to me that they got a vacation home for relatively cheap, so we looked into it, and let me tell you- vacation homes are the way to go! We paid about how much we would have paid for hotel rooms, but we had a lot more conveniences, which was especially nice with the kids. We had three bedrooms (and a bathroom that Kenny slept in), fully stocked kitchen, washer/dryer, dining room, living room, and three bathrooms. And it was the perfect location for us! It was right in the middle between the beach we went to (Isle of Palm) and downtown Charleston.

We’ve already mentioned a few times that if we go back (yes! please!), we would like to stay in that same vacation home again. Loved it.

So we had a ton of activities “planned”, but we didn’t get to a lot of them because the vacation went by so fast. We were only in Charleston for 2.5 days, but I think it turned out to be the perfect mix between activities, beach-going, and relaxing.

Anyway, on to the pictures! (A normal person probably would have split this post into two because there are so many pictures. Fair warning.)

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^^^We spent some time walking the streets in downtown Charleston. We went to the market, saw lots of horses (the kids’ favorite part), and we bought an awesome photograph of the front of a house in Charleston. So artsy.

Another activity we did downtown was the walk along the battery. So pretty walking alongside the oceanfront. Also, such beautiful homes! Charleston is so charming.

And then while I was trying to direct everyone to rainbow row, we happened upon a spashpad and decided to let the kids play. Also, come to find out that if you type in “rainbow row” to google maps, it brings up “rainbow row photography”. Turns out that we had passed rainbow row about 20 minutes into our walk. Whoops. At least we stumbled upon the spashpad.

And here is rainbow row-

And then some awesome houses in Charleston-

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It was such a fun trip! One of my favorite parts was being able to see Kenny and his cousin, Marli, interact together. These two together are such goofballs. They just fed off of one another. Kenny would do something that would make Marli laugh, and they would continue on with this for 10+ minutes.

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 ^^^Pushing each other around the house in the base of a carseat. You can’t tell from the picture, but they thought this was hilarious.

And proof that we actually did go to the beach (We went everyday. I just didn’t take pictures.)-

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Oh, and I have to include this last little tidbit-

My mom is so hip she clued us in on some of the lingo “some people” say. One time she stood up, and said “oh boy”, so my sister asked if her leg had fallen asleep. My mom said “No, TB”. Tracey asked what TB stood for (throwback? tuberculosis?), and my mom said “tired bum”. Bet you’re glad you are in with the hip lingo now, huh? ;)

#HashtagTB#

Monsters of Destruction

So this last weekend, me and my man went on a date night without the little man. We went and saw Monsters of Destruction, which was basically a monster truck/demolition derby show. Kind of ironic we went and saw trucks without the little guy when he loves trucks so much. We showed him some videos/pictures the next day, and he loved it. He kept asking to see it over and over. (and over and over!)

While waiting for the show to start, they did bus rides for anyone around the track. When I was watching this, I thought the bus was flying around the track, but I had no idea what was in store. Cars went so much faster.

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There were tons of funny/hilarious “stunts” they tried to do. One of the first ones was that they stacked cars like so, and then they had a fence in front of the first car and smashed into it and created a car domino effect. I wish I had gotten an after picture. Cars were destroyed and flipped in the oddest angles.

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And southerners are already pumped and excited for football, so they figured out how to make a a game of football with cars. They used the car pictured below as the football. There were two teams of 4 cars with end zones and everything. No one ended up winning, but a car caught on fire, so that’s close enough, right?

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^^^Here’s a pic of the mayhem as it was happening. Basically just turned into a demolition derby.20140805-085517-32117355.jpg

^^^There’s the “football”

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^^^And here’s the after pic.

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^^^Here’s the car that caught on fire. It took the emergency team a good 2-3 minutes before they realized there was a fire. They were just chilling in the middle completely unaware with the announcer repeatedly saying there was a fire and the crowd roaring. 

Another fun race was the “skid” race. They took the back wheels off of the cars, and put them on “sleds”. They turned off the stadium lights so that we could see the sparks, and it turned out really cool. The pictures don’t do it justice.

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There were also 3 monster trucks. So huge and loud! I can’t believe how much air these machines can get!

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I think my favorite race (which I didn’t get a picture of) was the “Gauntlet” race. They had two vans that were racing each other trying to get around the track 8 times. Then there were 4 cars behind the vans trying to prevent either of them from making it around the track. One of the vans was an ice cream van, so it had a huge cooler system on top. Each time one of the cars tried to spin the ice cream van out, it would teeter back and forth like it was going to flip over. At one point, it did actually flip over. It fell on the driver’s side, which is a safety concern because the driver could get seriously hurt. They stopped the race, and everyone waited to see if the driver was okay. The crowd was waiting, everyone holding their breath, concerned that he might be hurt because he wasn’t getting out of the van. All of a sudden, he popped out of the back of the van! With ice cream cones for everyone! No, that didn’t happen, but he did pop out the back in a grand flourish and it was really comical because in true southern redneck style, he was wearing cowboy boots, his pants were falling off, and he had to repeatedly keep pulling them up.

Overall, it was a fun night! It started out a little rocky because the tickets could not be found, we were running late, and Kenny was freaking out because he knew we were leaving, but everything worked out and it was a blast! I love continually dating this man.20140805-085457-32097660.jpg