Time To Catch Up {pt. 2}

Is August seriously over already?  How did that happen?  Guess it’s time to do a quick recap of the month.  Thankfully I was feeling much better and we were able to do a few fun things.

It seems that no summer is complete without a trip to the beach so we packed up the car and headed down to Folly Beach, SC with my parents.Time To Catch Up {pt. 2} - finddailyjoy.com

This year Henry loved the beach!  He wasn’t afraid to run into the water but didn’t like it when big waves splashed him in the face.  Of course digging in the sand and collecting seashells were also highlights for Henry.Time To Catch Up {pt. 2} - finddailyjoy.com

We weren’t just beach bums.  We stopped by the Angel Oak tree to see it’s long twisty limbs.Time To Catch Up {pt. 2} - finddailyjoy.com

Henry enjoyed running under the limbs that formed small arches and playing peak-a-boo.

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 Did you know that there is only one tea garden in the United States?  Our trip to the Charleston Tea Plantation was really interesting.  We were able to tour the fields, the propagation greenhouse and factory.  Tea is usually harvested by hand but they have a custom built harvester known as the “Green Giant”.

http://www.angeloaktree.org/The final excursion on our beach trip was to Cypress Gardens.  They have lots to do there and we spent almost a whole day.  The main attraction is the swamp itself and we went out on a guided boat tour.

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We only saw one small alligator while on the water but later got to see the two large alligators they have in captivity.

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I think Henry’s favorite attraction was the Swamparium where they had several tanks filled with fish and snakes (yuck!).

After our trip to the beach we took a trip to the mountains.  One of my favorite stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC is Graveyard Fields.  It has easy hiking trails, waterfalls, a stream (where people tend to camp) and wild blueberries in August.

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These two guys ate LOTS of blueberries while I did most of the picking.  I guess if I liked blueberries I wouldn’t have been able to resist either.

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When we went down by the stream we let Henry out of the backpack carrier to stretch his legs and play in the water.  He loved splashing around and throwing rocks.

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This trip wasn’t all fun and games however.  It was also a learning experience………..we learned that Henry gets car sick on windy mountain roads.  Poor little guy. :(  I had brought a spare set of clothes figuring he would get wet in the stream but I wasn’t anticipating having to change him again when he got sick, so he had to ride home naked.

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We did have one more adventure in August.  We went camping!  The bad news is that I didn’t take a single picture.  Guess you’ll just have to use your imagination. :)

Our paddling club organized the event and most people paddled the Ocoee river.  It is a pretty exciting river and one section was modified for the 1996 summer olympics.  I have rafted the river before but the last two times we have gone I have been pregnant and not able to raft.  This time Henry and I stayed at the campground playing in the stream, chasing the duck, feeding the fish and poking at dirt with sticks.  A few other highlights of the trip include Henry getting car sick again, Stephen twisting his ankle and a fierce thunderstorm at night that terrified Henry and flooded our tent.  All in all we did have fun and (after asking the doctor about the correct dosage of Dramamine for Henry) we enjoyed the ride home.

Wow, this ended up being a super long post!  If you actually read the whole thing you get a long distance high five. :)

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Time To Catch Up

As I mentioned yesterday, it has been awhile since I have posted on the blog.  So I figured I should let you guys know what has been going on around here over the last two months.

JUNE

Father’s Day:  I found out I was pregnant a few days before and decided to wait until Father’s day to tell Stephen.  Henry helped decorate a card for Stephen by scribbling on it with crayons and I signed the card “Love, Emma, Henry and Baby #2″.  The look of shock on Stephen’s face when he read the card was priceless!!

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Our Anniversary:  My parents volunteered to watch Henry for the weekend while we went to Stone Mountain, GA.  It was weird at first not to have our little tag along, but we quickly let all thoughts of diapers, strollers and sippy cups slip from our minds as we enjoyed each others (uninterrupted) company.

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The central feature of Stone Mountain is this massive stone with a huge carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.  You can hike up to the top if you would like but we chose to take the cable car.

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The park has lots of things to see and do but most of the park is geared for kids so there were several attractions that we didn’t stop at.  We did however go through the museum, ride the train around the mountain, play mini golf, see the plantation and watch the 4D movie.

Time To Catch Up - finddailyjoy.comOur favorite part of the park was the three story obstacle course  called Skyhike.  You are fitted with a harness which is attached to a cable that runs in a track over your head.  As you go through the course you have to walk across tight ropes and over swinging bridges to make your way from platform to platform.  At first I held on pretty tightly to the different cables and ropes but towards the end I tested my balancing skills more by walking across things without holding on.  This part of the park also had a rock climbing wall which Stephen conquered.

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I suppose no visit to Stone Mountain would be complete without watching the laser show.  We stayed till dark to watch the moving images set to music projected up on the stone.  Although it was cool to see what they could do with lasers I can’t say I was too impressed with the show.

JULY

………..ummmmm………well……….uhhhhhhhh…….. I don’t remember much of this month.  For whatever reason my morning sickness has been WAY worse this time around.  July was the worst.  If I was conscious, I was nauseous.  Therefore I tried my hardest to be unconscious by sleeping during Henry’s nap time, going to bed early and laying on the sofa with my eyes closed as much as possible.  Our house was a wreck but somehow we managed to wear clean clothes and eat food (although I can’t say they were real meals).

Well, Henry is waking up from his nap and this post is starting to get long.  I guess I’ll call this part one and tell you about August later.  Hope you all have enjoyed your summer!  What fun things have you been doing?

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I’m Back!!

Hey there everyone!

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t been on here for two whole months!  There were many times when I missed blogging and would stare longingly at my laptop.  But I just couldn’t bring myself to sit down and start typing.  I have a really good excuse though!

You see…….there is a little alien looking creature growing inside me right now!  And for two months it was zapping me of energy and causing me to lay on the couch hoping that the horrible nauseous feeling would go away.I'm Back!! - finddailyjoy.com

Yep, that’s right!  We are expecting baby #2 the beginning of February and this guy is going to be a big brother!I'm Back!! - finddailyjoy.com

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Upcycled Water Sensory Bin {Playing With Toddler}

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Warm summer days are here and I think that one of the best ways to cool off is to splash around in water!  We don’t have a pool and Henry is a little afraid of sprinklers so I decided to … Continue reading

Pinterest Project – Notebook Pen Holder

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I don’t know about you, but I love Pinterest and use it everyday to collect ideas and inspiration.  From time to time I would like to share some projects with you that I made using tutorials found on Pinterest. Today’s Pinterest project … Continue reading