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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 2012

Last week Gretchen, the kids and I headed down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my family for a week of sun, sand, and relaxation. Well, as much relaxation as the kids would allow, which wasn’t much.

We spent a lot more time at the pool and on the beach than we had in previous years. This was the first year the kids didn’t need to take a nap every day. That alone gave us a lot more time to play. And play we did! There were lots of sandcastles, laps in the pool, splashes in the ocean, and hunts for the perfect seashell.

Of course, I had to line the kids up now and then for a photo or twenty, which they begrudgingly went along with, most of the time. I had a lot of fun taking pics with my iPhone and olloclip this year. If you’re not familiar with the olloclip, it’s a little lens set that gives you a wide angle, fisheye, and macro lens for your iPhone. It adds a little something to your standard iPhone pictures without sacrificing quality. Some of the pictures below were taken with the iPhone and olloclip.

  

Flowers

The triplets are really into flowers and gardening right now. Between the vegetable garden I put in the back yard to the roses and sunflowers we have growing along the side of our house, they’re always making sure everything has enough water and updating me on the status of each plant.

This morning while wandering through Costco, the kids spotted some really bright flowers from across the warehouse. They kept hounding me to get the flowers and take them home for mommy. Of course, on the way out, I stopped by the flowers and picked them up. They each held them up to their noses and took a big whiff. (Thankfully they do not have allergies like I do. If I did that I’d be sneezing for hours.)

Once we got the flowers home and put into a vase, Juli wouldn’t leave them alone. She kept smelling each flower. Each and Every flower. I had to keep reminding her to be gentle. It was just so cute, it didn’t take me long to realize that I had a perfect opportunity for a mini photo shoot. I even got her to smile normal (not the toddler-standard forced smile).

Pre-School Graduation

Yesterday was the Trips’ last day of pre-school for this year. They’ll be going back next year since they’ll be just barely too young for kindergarten.

Last night they had a little graduation program at the school. The kids sang and danced and everyone got to take a bow or curtsy. The older kids even got to put on a cap & gown. It was all very cute.

Here are a few pictures of J, E, and K from the program.

 

Juli’s "Snuffed" Nose

The past few days have been rough. We all have a pretty nasty head cold, and, of course, mine progressed into a full blown sinus infection and ear infection. Gretchen did manage to catch this one moment of comic relief a few days ago when Juli was complaining that her nose kept getting “snuffed.”