Hey hey…happy Monday – and welcome to our Life Lately post wherein we give you guys a little update on as to what has been going on in our lives!
Gosh, Life Lately eh? It’s summer and I’ve been trying to cram as much fun and activities into the time that I have off from work with the kids. We keep it pretty low key throughout work days. We just usually have so few hours each afternoon between when I get them and bed time that we need to recharge and focus on stuff at home.
However, some of the fun things we’ve gotten to do?
Our local movie theater in D’Iberville does kid days on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. They show just one particular (not new release) movie each week, but they show it in several different theaters. The show time is at 10 am, and you can get a ticket that includes a kid drink and popcorn for only four dollars! Even MY ticket was four dollars. So, I figured that was a deal I couldn’t pass up to let them have their first movie theater experience and just really to gauge how they would act. We had a blast. Cooper really enjoyed it and would have sat and watched from start to finish with no interruption if it hadn’t been for Sophie. She’s only 2.5 and well – obviously she got a little antsy after about 45 minutes of sitting. She wasn’t obnoxious though, and really with a theater full of littles there was someone talking or crying or moving around at almost every point throughout the movie. It was fun and we will definitely be going back!
The Saturday after our movie theater trip, we decided to hop in the car and head to Gulf Shores, AL to check out their beach and just really to have an adventure and make some memories. It was a solid two hour trip there and back, but the kids were real troopers. Cooper declared that Alabama had “the best waves ever!” He wasn’t a fan of the long drive and it may take some convincing and an in car iPad movie to get him to do that again, but it was so much fun and I know they really enjoyed themselves.
Sunday after our Gulf Shores trip, we did a little meandering around our own coast. I took the kids to the Big Play Family Fun Center in Biloxi, MS. They have bowling, a huge arcade, and even a little bar area for nightlife fun. The kids liked it, but it was extremely loud and busy which is not really an environment that Cooper can relax and have fun in. We’ve gone to the arcade area at Margaritaville in Biloxi and it is definitely a more chill and spaced out area that Cooper for sure enjoyed more. It was also a lot of work for me to make sure I had eyes on the kids at all times amidst the everything going on around us. After Big Play we went for a ride on the beach and stopped by Sharkheads Souvenir City in Biloxi. It’s definitely an iconic building on Biloxi Beach – one that I remember from my childhood and I hadn’t been back to it since they rebuilt after Katrina hit in 2005. The kids had a blast walking around looking everything and pushing their mini shopping carts around as they tried to pick out just one toy to bring home. The last stop of our adventure that day was to go by the Biloxi National Cemetery to see my Pawpaw and Mawmaw’s gravesite. I knew that the permanent headstone had finally been put in place and I wanted to visit them. I wrote more in depth about that visit here.
And of course, there were lots of visits to local parks and checking out different splash pads. We always fit in time with Grammy and Ppop – some dress up playtime – and we even threw in a library visit. 😉 We had a really sweet Father’s Day as well. Cooper spent a majority of the day with Grammy, Ppop, and Uncle Bud. Sophie and I were with Shaun and his family celebrating. 🙂
So far, summer has really been a blast! What about you Rhonda? How’s your summer going so far?
Summer means some different things for us, since I stay at home with the kids AND they are homeschooled. We took off a LOT of time from school in the spring, so we are schooling throughout summer, taking breaks as needed.
We have also been doing a lot of family stuff lately, which is pretty much Stuart’s favorite thing to do. He works a lot, so getting away out to do something fun is really important to him. The kids having experiences in life is a huge priority for him. We even drove out 2 hours West to go look at the stars through real astronomers’ telescopes. We were only there 20 minutes because the bugs were eating us alive, but it was worth it just to hear Quentin squeal with delight when he saw Jupiter and its moons.
Stuart and I took a child-free night, thanks to our neighbors, to go see Maroon 5. It was a total spontaneous splurge. We got suite seats, and holy shit, how do you ever go back from that? It’s like flying first class. Once you do it, you can’t ever go back to coach. Anyway, those kind of nights take me back to the beginning of our relationship, when I flew out here to visit and we would pack the weekend with so much fun and adventure.
Now, you didn’t think we went 2 weeks without boozing in our backyard paradise, did you? Of course not. We’ve been doing the pool on the weekends and enjoying it all. It’s been super hot and I can’t even be mad about it. I am so thankful for where we live and that I don’t have to trudge through the snow all winter.
We hope that you all have been having some great summer fun! Tell us, what have you been doing?