Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Weekend

Chase and Owen with their Nana and Papa Anderson.  They watched the boys while we went to a wedding.  The funny pictures below are from the wedding. They had a photo boot had we had a little too much fun in it! :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Summer Phone Downloads

This is Chase after his haircut. He let the stylist give him a faux hawk!

At Lake Minnetonka Regional Park-our favorite place to go!

Dinner at Maynards feeding the ducks

Rolling down the hill at Nana and Papa's.
Loving our new undies-we put them all on at the same time.
video video
Rolling down the hill

Monday, September 17, 2012

Camping

Chase playing with his treasured weekend toys.  Spider man, a die, a ball and his favorite pepper.
Chase LOVES peppers.  Mostly he loves yellow peppers, but he'll eat red ones too. 
Owen crawling out of the tent in the morning.
Josiah, Isaiah and Chase playing and gathering acorns
Owen gathering acorns
Looking out over the lake.  Can you tell Jeff is a bit nervous?

We took a great hike and all were sneezing because of the ragweed.  Chase runs to catch up with the group.

Owen gets a ride.

At the campsite after swimming at the lake. 
Jennifer and Jeff getting some food going.
Chase and Owen enjoying a s'more.
YUMMMY!
BIG SMILE!
Aliya's pretty smile

"Did we just hear a spooky sound?"

Friday, September 7, 2012

Nana Sandy

Nana Sandy came over last weekend after we got home from our camping trip. She missed the boys and the boys missed her. They had fun cuddling with her!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Boone Hall Farm

"In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. This spectacular approach to his home symbolizes southern heritage and will take root in your memory for many years to come. It would take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead, forming today's natural corridor and a scene that NBC Daytime television says is "a must see stop on any trip to Charleston, S.C.""
Jeff and one of the boys heading to get in line for the tour at the Boone Hall Plantation House. This is not the original house, in fact it was built only 50-60 years ago.  There were two smaller homes on the land prior to this one.   In America, Boone Hall is one the oldest working, living plantations. They've been growing and producing crops for over 320 years. Once known for cotton and pecans, they are still producing strawberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins, as well as many other fruits and vegetables.
Chase and Owen enjoying a snack and scratching mosquito bites!  The mosquitoes were soooo terrible! I'm not sure I've experiences something like this before.  It was hot, humid and very very buggy.  We were eaten alive.

The huge oak trees were all over so we stopped to sit on one and pose.
There was a beautiful butterfly garden.  We played in there after the huge downpour of rain we escaped by running to the cafe.
Chase tries to catch a butterfly.

Owen's trying to catch one too.
My boys are at the end, can you see them?
We played around this tree for quite a while.  It's right outside the driveway to the house.  The boys each had a "job" that they made up.  Owen was collecting moss to make a nest for a squirrel.  Chase was gathering sticks.  I love how having the boys by the tree shows the massive size of it!

Looking down the long lane we drove in on.  The moss covered oak trees lined the path.
Chase doing his "job" and being a goofy dancer.
Owen gathering moss for his "job".
We also toured the 9 slave houses they had.  It was an eye opening experience and we enjoyed learning more about slaves in the south.



At the back of the plantation they have a large dock that allowed boats to unload goods for many centuries.  We played there for a while.

Owen and Chase run to throw clam shells into the water.

Then they run back to the shore to gather more clam shells.
Owen grabs one and takes off.
A few houses along the canal.  It was so peaceful back here with just the water, grasses and birds.
The front of our house on Ashley Steet
The back of our house
The dock across the street during low tide.

That night we went back home and headed to the beach one last time.  It was kind of sad to be leaving, but also we were happy to be going home.  Everyone but our family left early Saturday morning.  We ended up missing two connecting flights in Chicago due to our flight being delayed in Charleston.  Jeff worked his magic and got us on the last flight out of Chicago at 9:45, which actually left at 10:30.  We didn't get to our house until 1:15 am and we were so tired!  It was a long frustrating end to our vacation, but we were so happy to be home.  The boys were troopers, playing in the airports, running around and eventually sleeping their way home in our first class upgraded seats.  What a great week it was!