Monday, July 7, 2008

Vacation updated and some pictures..

Hi everyone!

We are back from our week at the beach... we had a wonderful time, and as predicted the week went by much to fast!

It's now Monday morning, Dave is back to work, and I have a huge list of things to do today, so this will be a short update and I will get more pictures together in a few days to share.

There were so many great things about this vacation, the house was awesome, the weather was perfect, the kids are all getting a little older so each year the dynamics change, the kids are more independent, and we all know each other so well now it's great to catch up and visit.

Mike, Renee, Kelsey and Kate (for those new... this is Ben's birthfamily) arrived on Monday night. We hit the beach on Tuesday morning and spent most of the week doing the same.

We had friends visit, Renee had a friend who moved here last year come for a visit, I got to meet Susan from the PWS list (and her mom) who's family has a house right down the street from us. Susan has 3 sweet little girls including Meghan who has PWS.. It was fun to put a face to her and meet her girls.

Oh... and lets not forget... we did an Adults night out... night this year. We even allowed Ryan to come with us seeing he is now 19 and really wanted to come with us. I hired a sitter to stay with the younger kids for the evening and we went to one of our favorite Italian Restaurants for a great dinner and then we headed over to Mohegan Sun for the Billy Joel concert!

So, we are headed into the arena with approximately 9 million other people and someone calls out Ryan's name. He reluctantly turned around, I am sure he was afraid to #1 be seen going into a Billy Joel concert ( he is an odd kid and loves all kinds of music) and #2 be seen going to Billy Joel with his parents! Anyway it turns out that a friend of his from the restaurant he used to work at now works at the casino and wanted to know if he wanted a floor seat for the concert!!! Yeah.. that's right... Ryan gets a floor seat and we sit in the nose bleed section! Gotta love his luck! He was able to sneak up and get Renee's camera that he wasn't supposed to have with him and get some really cool shots though!

I will write more later and share some more pictures including the first ever formal portraits we had done on Wednesday night... we had a photographer hired to come out to the beach and do a photo shoot... so stay tuned for those and pictures of fun in the sand...

for now enjoy these!


Ben and Kate

All of us just hanging at the beach

I love these two of Ben and Kate.. they have such a bond.
Ben with both his birthsisters, Kate and Kelsey

and last but not least... the Billy Joel Concert!