Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Back In North Carolina....

So.

Back to when we were in North Carolina.



While we were there we went to a museum full of tanks, guns, airplanes, etc.....basically a man’s dream.



This was in a pretend airplane and Natalie is clearly thinking, “Where the eff am I?” And yes, those would be my nieces.



Tom took tons of pictures of all the weapons. I’ll spare you and just post this one.

He was practically salivating against the glass and muttered something like, “I miss my weapon.” Since he’s been on leave he hasn’t been able to carry a gun around like he did at work.



Now it’s Tommy’s turn to be like, “Where the eff am I?”



This is some airplane jeep thing. Tom took multiple photos of it. I think the thing was turning him on or something.



Tom is smiling so he’s definitely loving the museum.



Natalie is pissed because she wanted to go in the helicopter. She didn’t understand the words “display” and “go to jail if you messed with it.”



Tommy hanging out with his cousin.

After the museum we went back to Tom’s sister’s house to celebrate my niece’s birthday. She was turning 8.



There was a Spongebob piñata and Natalie took the stick and charged at it. Ahh yes, she’s my little jouster.



Anyhow, her Aunt had to explain that no, we aren’t meant to spear Spongebob but smack the crap out of him.

The older kids understood:









With the tweens, Tom would lift Spongebob up as they swung. He found this hilarious when they’d swing and hit the air.

When Spongebob was eventually smacked open, it freaked Natalie out. She had no problems smacking the thing but when she saw him all torn up with candy spilling from him, she was concerned.

“What happened to Spongebob?” she kept asking. “Will he be okay?”

I shielded her eyes as the tween girls took the stick and continued to smash the crap out of the thing.

“He’ll be great,” I lied and distracted her with some of the candy. I don’t think we’ll be getting a piñata at her party.

Then it came time to open presents and let me tell you, I had no idea what to get an eight-year-old girl. Eight-year-old boys I know. Girls? Not so much. My girl is still into Barbies and creepy Yo Gabba Gabba. I guessed when I bought her gift. And...



....I guessed right because she had been wanting an iDog. Score one for the Aunt!

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Also, Andrea of Las Vegas Mama asked me to guest blog here.

I'm sort of jealous that she lives in Las Vegas. Although I've never actually been. But from the stories I hear, it's a ball of fun.

44 comments:

  1. I love the look on Natalie's face as she's charging at Spongebob. She might possibly be a little *too* into it.

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  2. Natalie's outfit is adorable. That girl is better dressed than I will ever be.

    Were you guys in Fayetteville by any chance? I feel like that's where they keep the guns.

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  3. We always get the pull string pinatas for the kids but I guess that will get old after they hit a certain age.

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  4. Every time I read an entry on your trip and I see the words "North Carolina," I get the urge to be like, "I live there! I LIVE THERE!"

    Which may be weird.

    My actual point of this comment was to say how funny I think it is that Tom's face is pretty much exactly the same in all the pinata pictures.

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  5. That first picture where Tom smiles? It's a good thing you said he was smiling otherwise I'd never have known. The laughter when he messed with the tweens' heads, that was perfect.

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  6. It looks like everyone had a blast!

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  7. I have been reading you on OD since Tommy was really little - I can't believe how big (really, just tall!) your kids are getting! I guess I didn't really notice it until these pics!

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  8. sounds like an awesome time to me.. glad ya'll got the time together!!

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  9. I was astounded that your son is getting very close to your height. Now, I get the feeling it's because you are not especially tall, but he is really shooting up! Great pictures! What a gorgeous family you have!

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  10. So what was Natalie's traveling outfit? Did it have planes on it?? haha I bet it was adorable.

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  11. Thats a smile on Toms face... I would hate to see a frown.. lol

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  12. Love the cupcake shirt. And I totally want a pinata now!

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  13. I thought all kids liked breaking pinatas. Cute pictures!

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  14. Im sure my hubs and all my boys would love that museum. It looks like a lot of fun!

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  15. Natalie's comment is exactly what Caramel would've asked! She has so much empathy with others. Fudge? I think she would've smacked the living daylights out of Spongebob!

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  16. I'm going to be crying for poor ol' spongebob for the rest of the day now...

    ooooh poor pooooooor spongebob...

    p.s., the museum looks kind of neat...

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  17. These pictures are great! I think it's so funny that she was concerned for Spongebob, so cute!

    http://www.wannabemarievstheworld.blogspot.com

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  18. It looks like you had a blast! Actually, I wouldn't mind beating the crap out of a Sponge Bob pinata. Or a Barney one. Just saying...

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  19. After hours and hours of spongebob repeats, I rather enjoyed your daughter's exuberance in attacking him :-) Great pics. As always, thanks for sharing.

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  20. Leave it to Natalie to try and spear Spongebob. I totally think she'll be great in the Zombie Apocalypse. She spears things and looks great doing it!! Lol.

    Glad you had an awesome time!

    ♥Spot

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  21. My boys would have so loved the museum!

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  22. I thought it was a natural reaction to want to smack the crap out of spongebob whenever you see his face plastered on anything, so I would have been out there with the tweens.

    Poor Natalie, having empathy for Spongebob must be a hard burden to carry.

    Spongebob *cringe*

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  23. I love pinatas!!!! that looks so fun!

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  24. My boys would be in heaven with all those weapons and tanks!

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  25. I always thought that whoever was in charge of the pinata had to be pretty brave to stand there with all those blindfolded kids who are wildly swinging sticks. So I guess Tom is pretty brave.

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  26. Was that the Special Forces/101st Airborne museum near Fort Bragg? Went there with my father, his ex-wife, their kids and grandma a few years back.

    My kid brother, who was 9 at the time, was excited to discover that I counted as a grown-up, and that our ADD matched up enough that he could run ahead of all the others as long as he was with me.

    We knocked that sucker out in an hour and a half.

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  27. We did a white cat pinata at Easter one year. Why a white cat? I have no idea.

    All I remember is letting the kids hit the pinata according to age. Youngest to oldest. My niece went first, cracked the cat and be became decapited.

    The body went flying and the head was hanging there by the rope. Lordy!

    My other niece, who was next in line, got the gist real quick that she wasn't getting a turn, starting crying and had a MAJOR hissy fit.

    So, we don't do pinata's at Easter anymore. LOL

    BTW...Hasn't Tom seen Funniest Home Videos and how many men get cracked in the "family jewels" by stick wielding kids hitting pinatas? He's a brave soul, he is! ;0)

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  28. You made me laught out loud! Thanks.

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  29. Love your family vacations. You make even a boring visit to an army museum seem fun.

    Tom smiling. Who knew?

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  30. It looked like you all had so much fun! The museum did look like a man's dream come true! Way to go on the gift-giving!! You did good!

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  31. Good times, good times. I hate weapons. All of them. D-man is fascinated with them, like all boys. Brother is a border patrol agent, and I know D-man will grill him for the gun stories when we get together later this summer. What is it about men and their guns? :) iDog? Am I in the dark ages? Never heard of them. I need help.

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  32. I want to smack the crap out of SpongeBob too! Looks like a fine time was had by all!

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  33. Vegas is Disneyland for Adults! I love it there and only have been there once! I'd go back in a second!

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  34. Wow, that Natalie looks as if she's out for blood, going after SpongeBob like that! Nothing gets between her and some candy, right? Don't worry, my kids are the same way!!!

    Can't believe you've never been to Vegas!! You HAVE to go one of these days...it's SO much fun!

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  35. Poor SpongeBob. I don't think he will ever be alright again.

    LisaDay

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  36. Where in NC is this? It's not in Fayettenam is it?

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  37. What a great day! And to see Tim smiling! Awesome! Go Natalie! Hit SpongeBob but good! I don't yike him. lol

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  38. That museum looks awesome - though I'd definitely prefer the pinata!

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  39. I don't think Natalie would like Vegas, no Spongebob here.
    We used to do pinatas, but they are so frekin' hard to break open, and too many kids get smacked in the head when they run in.

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  40. How exciting...I mean Id love to smack Spongebobs insides out!

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  41. I took my granddaughter to see a Sponge Bob movie once and had a migraine while I was there. Would have very gladly beat the crap out of Sponge Bob with a stick given the chance! Looks like a fun party!

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  42. That first picture of Natalie with the jousting spear vs. Spongebob is priceless! I keep going back to look at it again because her face is absolutely epic.

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