Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend in Beaufort

Our good friend, Jason Ellis, took over as CO of Alpha Company at Paris Island so we went down to Beaufort for his Change of Command this past weekend.  We love spending time with the Ellis's and so glad that we could be there for this very important day in Jason's military career.  We attended a recruit graduation that morning.  It was so exciting to see all the families there to see their son, brother, boyfriend, daughter, etc... graduate from boot camp.  After the graduation was Jason's COC and reception.




















On our way out of town we stopped at the Ruins of Old Sheldon Prince William's Parish Church.  We had driven by it on our way to and from Beaufort but never stopped to check it out until today.  It is such a beautiful area!  Grace decided that his is where she wants to get married!

















Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Trip to Alabama

The kids and I spent two weeks in Alabama with Kerry and her family and Nana and Paw.  We had a blast and did so many different things!  Grace went to an art class at Spirited Art with Allie all week and brought home some beautiful paintings.  She loved it!  We shopped, played games, went to Tupelo to the birthplace of Elvis Presley and went to Tuscumbia to Helen Keller's birthplace.  It was an action packed fun two weeks!
Allie and Grace at Spirited Art ready to paint!



They would first draw whatever it was that they were painting that day 
and then they painted.

Grace making some finishing touches on one of her paintings.




Goofing off and shopping with Nana at Target.  They love trying on heels!

Grace and Allie spent time at home drawing together.

Zach loved playing Battleship with Paw


We all had a blast playing badminton.  It was fun and exercise!  
Going to have to get the kids their own badminton set.



On July 30, 2011 we went to Tupelo, MS to the birthplace of Elvis Presley and toured the museum, chapel and the house.
Zach loves cars including this old one at the birthplace of Elvis!

I loved looking at the clothes and artifacts in the museum at the birthplace.







Grace & Zach with a young Elvis

Allie and Hannah with Elvis

and of course, I had to get my picture made with him also!


as did Kerry

and Mom and Dad







Grace, Allie and Zach outside the church that Elvis attended as a young boy.

Inside the church

















Allie, Grace and Zach in a swing on the porch of Elvis' birthplace

Inside his birthplace



This is a picture of Elvis with his parents, Gladys and Vernon






After touring the birthplace, we went to downtown Tupelo where there are differently painted guitars all along the street.




This is the hardware store where Elvis' first guitar was purchased.






Had to take a picture of this just because I loved the look of it!









On August 3, 2011 we went to Tuscumbia, AL and ate lunch at a great little Italian restaurant before touring Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller.



This was the chandelier in the men's restroom...

and this was in the lady's restroom


Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller
































We discovered Gigi's Cupcakes while visiting AL!