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Carolina Beach State Park Camping

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We took a mini-vacation to the beach a few days ago. We drove down to Carolina Beach on Sunday and stayed 1 night in the Carolina Beach State Park. Carolina Beach State Park added a four little cabins this year that are available to rent for a small fee.

After our day at the beach we checked into our cabin and enjoyed a nice but hot evening “camping”. I say we went camping even though we were in a cabin. The cute little cabins have 2 rooms – a front room with a double bed and little desk and a back bunk room with 2 sets of bunks and another desk. There is electricity and Air Conditioning but no running water in the cabins. The bath house is a short walk away and outside of the cabin is equipped with a picnic table, grill and fire pit. We enjoyed all the fun parts of camping but with the luxury of air conditioning… a must when vacationing in NC in July. Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.56.44 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.56.35 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.56.29 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.56.19 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.56.07 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.55.55 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.55.36 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.55.48 AM

It rain all night long but we were safe and dry in our little cabin. The boys slept fairly well, although Abel had a little trouble falling asleep in a new place. In the morning it continued to rain and the roads and paths in the park were very flooded, which made accessing the bath house a little difficult. But we remained flexible and adjusted our plans accordingly. We packed up a little earlier than planned and headed to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. (Thanks to our Zoo membership we got in free!) Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.54.23 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.55.12 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.54.47 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 7.54.31 AM

After the aquarium we grabbed some lunch and coffee then headed home.

It was a nice little get away and adventure with out boys. Was it relaxing, not really. Traveling with 4 small kids isn’t necessarily relaxing but it was a lot of fun.

Simple Limeade Popsicles

Over the long holiday weekend we stopped for lunch at Zoe’s Kitchen. While we were there I grabbed a gallon of their homemade limeade to take home.

My kids love Zoe’s Kitchen limeade. I thought I would make a super easy treat with the kids for our Fourth of July cookout. We made limeade popsicles. It’s so easy!

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Ingredients

  • Zoe’s Kitchen Limeade

Directions

  • Pour Zoe’s Kitchen Limeade into popsicle molds.
  • Place molds in freezer for about 6 hours
  • To remove from molds run under hot water for 10 seconds and gently pull apart.

With temperatures here in North Carolina easily reaching into the mid 90’s (not to mention the humidity and heat index) it’s nice to cool down with a frozen treat.

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The boys absolutely love their limeade popsicles. They’re so easy to make I foresee us making them many times over the course of the summer.

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Stay Home and Avoid the Oops

It’s 8am and everyone is begging for breakfast but I have a baby with a stinky diaper. I run upstairs to change him only to find there are no more diapers in the box. I start to panic and then remember to check the diaper bag. Nothing. I run to the car and search for my secret stash. I find it! One diaper. It’s 2 sizes too small but it will have to do.

After everyone is fed and clothed I pile my four boys in the van and we head to the store for much needed diapers. The boys just want to go to the park but we have no choice but to go to the store. Diapers are needed ASAP.

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Taking 4 small children to the store can be an exhausting experience. I try to avoid it whenever possible, but sometimes you just have to go to the store to buy a needed item like diapers. Or do you?

Look at this crew… they’re a handful.

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You’d think after 4 kids I wouldn’t run out of diapers but it happens. I just don’t have the time to get to the store as often as I need but thanks to this thing called the internet I don’t have to go anywhere. I can order my must-have daily items like toilet paper, diapers, wipes, etc… online at www.avoidtheoops.com

I ordered diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and some cleaning supplies. It’s so easy to avoid the oops moments by ordering P & G products directly from Walmart.

Products Offered through Avoid the Oops:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Baby
  • Bathroom

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Everyday at the Pool: Babiators + A GIVEAWAY!

This summer we’ll be spending our days at the pool. Like all day, everyday. It’s hot and the neighborhood pool is our favorite summer spot to cool down. Sun safety is super important since we spend so much time outdoors so durable and safe sunglasses are a must. But style is also important, these boys have good taste so we love our new Babiators.

 

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Back to the NC Zoo

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A few months ago we purchased a Membership to the NC Zoo.

The cost for our family of 6 (kids under 2 are free) is $63+.
The cost of a year family membership is $84.

The NC Zoo is a big park and we knew we wouldn’t be able to see the entire park in 1 day especially with 4 small kids in tow so our first trip we only explore the Africa section. This past weekend we went back to the Zoo for our follow-up trip to see the North America section.

It just so happened that we picked a special (and slightly busy) weekend to visit, Bear Necessity. The bears came out of hibernation and there were several fun bear themed activities scattered around the North America section of the park.

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We got to see most of the animals with the exception of the wolves, they were hiding or sleeping. The boys loved the seals. Joe really loved the puffins and I think the otters were my favorite. The polar bears and usually pretty fun but we didn’t stop by their exhibit until the midday (hottest part of the day) so they were mostly lying around inside.

The boys really love the kids’ play areas like the Garden Friends Playground and Kidzone. In fact Noah has requested to go back to the zoo for his birthday for the sole purpose of playing at the Kidzone.


We had a great day at the zoo and are looking forward to a few more trips this year.

Planning

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I am a planner. Before I became a stay-at-home mom I had a job and it was basically all about planning stuff. I like making lists and spreadsheets and timelines and filling in calendars. It helps me stay sane.

This past week I’ve been planning every single trip our family will take this year… all at once. We didn’t travel at all last year (due to a 4th child and no $) but this year we plan on taking a few small trips and adventures. My brain is running in all directions at once planning every detail of our trips meanwhile Joe is stressing out about the 1st trip on our list. He’s not a planner. He does one thing at a time and pours all of his attention into that one thing. Then when it’s complete he moves on to the next thing. So while I’m fluttering about planning all the things like crazy, Joe is quietly freaking out becoming overwhelmed by all the things.

But we work well together. He teaches me to slow down and enjoy the spontaneity of life and I make sure we’ve got a dinner plan for when we’re done being spontaneous.

Walking

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Abel is walking.

He toddles all over the place and it’s absolutely adorable. I tried putting shoes on him the other day and he was so confused. Both of us prefer bare feet but it was cold out and he refuses to keep his socks on so I thought shoes might help. He didn’t take the shoes off but he wasn’t too keen about walking in them either.

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Alone

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For the most part I enjoy homeschooling the boys. I’ve actually decided to keep all the boys home next year, no more preschool. I’m a little apprehensive about how I will divide my time teaching each boy but I know we’ll figure it out.

The only thing I really miss since becoming a full-time homeschool mom is alone time. It’s not something I dwell upon but I just realized the only alone time I get is on the weekends when I occasionally get to run an errand or two by myself. To be honest I really enjoy spending time with my family and if I had to choose between sitting alone all day in the house or running around chasing my crazy boys I’d easily choose the latter.

However, there are days when I wish for a few hours of me-time where I could run an errand alone, clean the house without my “helpers” or go to the gym.

I’ve always been an introvert and as a young person would spend endless hours just hanging out alone in my room (reading, writing, creating, thinking, listening). I don’t get to be alone much anymore but it’s amazing how I’ve learned to adapt. I really love spending time with my family, so much so that I often day dream about living in a small RV traveling the country with all 6 of us packed in like sardines… for sure there would be no alone time there but it would be a magical adventure that no amount of me-time could ever rival.

While we aren’t a full time RV family (yet!) I’m constantly reminded that all the best memories are made with the people I love. I want to make as many amazing memories as possible with these lovelies.

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