On our way to Disney!!!

Every year the family loads up the car and hits the road to some awesome location. Chase's birthday is next week so what better way to celebrate than a trip to the most magical place on earth. We've been planning this trip for quite some time and the day has finally come! This morning we got up "early" and headed out. First stop was to get some zombie bisuits* and snacks. I mean you can't have a road trip w/o proper snackage. So that's where we're at. We are on the road, I'm blogging from my new iPad, thanks to my amazing wife! Stay tuned for more updates, Update: We…
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Road Trip – NC (Day 2)

Day 2 of NC was a perfect way to wrap up our family road trip!  The boys and I, along with the Bateman's, headed off to play in the Atlantic for a few hours! After a quick stop at the "Shark Store" for a boogie board, a kite, and sand toys, we arrived at the beautiful beach! As a child, my family typically went to the Gulf for our vacations and the beaches there are gawgeous! I have to admit I was surprised to see how nice the Atlantic was how big and beautiful the waves were. Perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing. :) Chase had the best time…
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Road Trip – NC (Day 1)

I am an avid list maker...which inspired to me to change it up a bit make a list of all the fabulous things we did on our first day in NC. Survived horrible traffic on 95South, but made it to the Camp Lejeune Inn. Nice and economical! Visited the "mall" on base for last minute must haves. Had a cookout at the Bateman's! Watched the kids play in the water all day! Listened to Marines talk about things and acronyms I pretended to understand. Watched Marines grill meat! Met new friends. :) Drank beer and ate delicious food! Fashioned a homemade fly trap! Ate MORE delicious food. (Hey..it's vacation!?) Played…
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Road Trip – Philly

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Pool time!"][/caption] Despite a bit of construction traffic we arrived in Philly a little after lunch time on Wednesday. Everyone was awaiting our arrival and it felt so good to be there! I love the constant flow of visitors and family through the house and MAN did we eat! The first night my Grandmom made us the most delicious meal: Ham, beans, potatoes, rolls. It was so nice to take a break from eating out or grabbing fast food on the road. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and learning how to play pinochle. It's a family tradition and SniperBen fell into place so…
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Road Trip – DC

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sunrise on the start of the road trip"][/caption] Every summer needs a summer vacation. This year our summer vacation was an epic road trip. Since Jess has family in Philly and I have some friends in NC that we hadn't seen in a while, we figured it would be the perfect time to see them both all while visiting our nation's capitol, especially since Jess and Chase had never been there and the last time I was there was when I was a kid. As with every great road trip we planned it all out, got all our ducks in a row and headed out early.…
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On our way to Disney!!!

Every year the family loads up the car and hits the road to some awesome location. Chase's birthday is next week so what better way to celebrate than a trip to the most magical place on earth. We've been planning this trip for quite some time and the day has finally come! This morning we got up "early" and headed out. First stop was to get some zombie bisuits* and snacks. I mean you can't have a road trip w/o proper snackage. So that's where we're at. We are on the road, I'm blogging from my new iPad, thanks to my amazing wife! Stay tuned for more updates, Update: We…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 2)

Day 2 of NC was a perfect way to wrap up our family road trip!  The boys and I, along with the Bateman's, headed off to play in the Atlantic for a few hours! After a quick stop at the "Shark Store" for a boogie board, a kite, and sand toys, we arrived at the beautiful beach! As a child, my family typically went to the Gulf for our vacations and the beaches there are gawgeous! I have to admit I was surprised to see how nice the Atlantic was how big and beautiful the waves were. Perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing. :) Chase had the best time…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 1)

I am an avid list maker...which inspired to me to change it up a bit make a list of all the fabulous things we did on our first day in NC. Survived horrible traffic on 95South, but made it to the Camp Lejeune Inn. Nice and economical! Visited the "mall" on base for last minute must haves. Had a cookout at the Bateman's! Watched the kids play in the water all day! Listened to Marines talk about things and acronyms I pretended to understand. Watched Marines grill meat! Met new friends. :) Drank beer and ate delicious food! Fashioned a homemade fly trap! Ate MORE delicious food. (Hey..it's vacation!?) Played…
Read More

Road Trip – Philly

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Pool time!"][/caption] Despite a bit of construction traffic we arrived in Philly a little after lunch time on Wednesday. Everyone was awaiting our arrival and it felt so good to be there! I love the constant flow of visitors and family through the house and MAN did we eat! The first night my Grandmom made us the most delicious meal: Ham, beans, potatoes, rolls. It was so nice to take a break from eating out or grabbing fast food on the road. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and learning how to play pinochle. It's a family tradition and SniperBen fell into place so…
Read More

Road Trip – DC

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sunrise on the start of the road trip"][/caption] Every summer needs a summer vacation. This year our summer vacation was an epic road trip. Since Jess has family in Philly and I have some friends in NC that we hadn't seen in a while, we figured it would be the perfect time to see them both all while visiting our nation's capitol, especially since Jess and Chase had never been there and the last time I was there was when I was a kid. As with every great road trip we planned it all out, got all our ducks in a row and headed out early.…
Read More

On our way to Disney!!!

Every year the family loads up the car and hits the road to some awesome location. Chase's birthday is next week so what better way to celebrate than a trip to the most magical place on earth. We've been planning this trip for quite some time and the day has finally come! This morning we got up "early" and headed out. First stop was to get some zombie bisuits* and snacks. I mean you can't have a road trip w/o proper snackage. So that's where we're at. We are on the road, I'm blogging from my new iPad, thanks to my amazing wife! Stay tuned for more updates, Update: We…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 2)

Day 2 of NC was a perfect way to wrap up our family road trip!  The boys and I, along with the Bateman's, headed off to play in the Atlantic for a few hours! After a quick stop at the "Shark Store" for a boogie board, a kite, and sand toys, we arrived at the beautiful beach! As a child, my family typically went to the Gulf for our vacations and the beaches there are gawgeous! I have to admit I was surprised to see how nice the Atlantic was how big and beautiful the waves were. Perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing. :) Chase had the best time…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 1)

I am an avid list maker...which inspired to me to change it up a bit make a list of all the fabulous things we did on our first day in NC. Survived horrible traffic on 95South, but made it to the Camp Lejeune Inn. Nice and economical! Visited the "mall" on base for last minute must haves. Had a cookout at the Bateman's! Watched the kids play in the water all day! Listened to Marines talk about things and acronyms I pretended to understand. Watched Marines grill meat! Met new friends. :) Drank beer and ate delicious food! Fashioned a homemade fly trap! Ate MORE delicious food. (Hey..it's vacation!?) Played…
Read More

Road Trip – Philly

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Pool time!"][/caption] Despite a bit of construction traffic we arrived in Philly a little after lunch time on Wednesday. Everyone was awaiting our arrival and it felt so good to be there! I love the constant flow of visitors and family through the house and MAN did we eat! The first night my Grandmom made us the most delicious meal: Ham, beans, potatoes, rolls. It was so nice to take a break from eating out or grabbing fast food on the road. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and learning how to play pinochle. It's a family tradition and SniperBen fell into place so…
Read More

Road Trip – DC

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sunrise on the start of the road trip"][/caption] Every summer needs a summer vacation. This year our summer vacation was an epic road trip. Since Jess has family in Philly and I have some friends in NC that we hadn't seen in a while, we figured it would be the perfect time to see them both all while visiting our nation's capitol, especially since Jess and Chase had never been there and the last time I was there was when I was a kid. As with every great road trip we planned it all out, got all our ducks in a row and headed out early.…
Read More

On our way to Disney!!!

Every year the family loads up the car and hits the road to some awesome location. Chase's birthday is next week so what better way to celebrate than a trip to the most magical place on earth. We've been planning this trip for quite some time and the day has finally come! This morning we got up "early" and headed out. First stop was to get some zombie bisuits* and snacks. I mean you can't have a road trip w/o proper snackage. So that's where we're at. We are on the road, I'm blogging from my new iPad, thanks to my amazing wife! Stay tuned for more updates, Update: We…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 2)

Day 2 of NC was a perfect way to wrap up our family road trip!  The boys and I, along with the Bateman's, headed off to play in the Atlantic for a few hours! After a quick stop at the "Shark Store" for a boogie board, a kite, and sand toys, we arrived at the beautiful beach! As a child, my family typically went to the Gulf for our vacations and the beaches there are gawgeous! I have to admit I was surprised to see how nice the Atlantic was how big and beautiful the waves were. Perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing. :) Chase had the best time…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 1)

I am an avid list maker...which inspired to me to change it up a bit make a list of all the fabulous things we did on our first day in NC. Survived horrible traffic on 95South, but made it to the Camp Lejeune Inn. Nice and economical! Visited the "mall" on base for last minute must haves. Had a cookout at the Bateman's! Watched the kids play in the water all day! Listened to Marines talk about things and acronyms I pretended to understand. Watched Marines grill meat! Met new friends. :) Drank beer and ate delicious food! Fashioned a homemade fly trap! Ate MORE delicious food. (Hey..it's vacation!?) Played…
Read More

Road Trip – Philly

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Pool time!"][/caption] Despite a bit of construction traffic we arrived in Philly a little after lunch time on Wednesday. Everyone was awaiting our arrival and it felt so good to be there! I love the constant flow of visitors and family through the house and MAN did we eat! The first night my Grandmom made us the most delicious meal: Ham, beans, potatoes, rolls. It was so nice to take a break from eating out or grabbing fast food on the road. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and learning how to play pinochle. It's a family tradition and SniperBen fell into place so…
Read More

Road Trip – DC

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sunrise on the start of the road trip"][/caption] Every summer needs a summer vacation. This year our summer vacation was an epic road trip. Since Jess has family in Philly and I have some friends in NC that we hadn't seen in a while, we figured it would be the perfect time to see them both all while visiting our nation's capitol, especially since Jess and Chase had never been there and the last time I was there was when I was a kid. As with every great road trip we planned it all out, got all our ducks in a row and headed out early.…
Read More

On our way to Disney!!!

Every year the family loads up the car and hits the road to some awesome location. Chase's birthday is next week so what better way to celebrate than a trip to the most magical place on earth. We've been planning this trip for quite some time and the day has finally come! This morning we got up "early" and headed out. First stop was to get some zombie bisuits* and snacks. I mean you can't have a road trip w/o proper snackage. So that's where we're at. We are on the road, I'm blogging from my new iPad, thanks to my amazing wife! Stay tuned for more updates, Update: We…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 2)

Day 2 of NC was a perfect way to wrap up our family road trip!  The boys and I, along with the Bateman's, headed off to play in the Atlantic for a few hours! After a quick stop at the "Shark Store" for a boogie board, a kite, and sand toys, we arrived at the beautiful beach! As a child, my family typically went to the Gulf for our vacations and the beaches there are gawgeous! I have to admit I was surprised to see how nice the Atlantic was how big and beautiful the waves were. Perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing. :) Chase had the best time…
Read More

Road Trip – NC (Day 1)

I am an avid list maker...which inspired to me to change it up a bit make a list of all the fabulous things we did on our first day in NC. Survived horrible traffic on 95South, but made it to the Camp Lejeune Inn. Nice and economical! Visited the "mall" on base for last minute must haves. Had a cookout at the Bateman's! Watched the kids play in the water all day! Listened to Marines talk about things and acronyms I pretended to understand. Watched Marines grill meat! Met new friends. :) Drank beer and ate delicious food! Fashioned a homemade fly trap! Ate MORE delicious food. (Hey..it's vacation!?) Played…
Read More

Road Trip – Philly

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Pool time!"][/caption] Despite a bit of construction traffic we arrived in Philly a little after lunch time on Wednesday. Everyone was awaiting our arrival and it felt so good to be there! I love the constant flow of visitors and family through the house and MAN did we eat! The first night my Grandmom made us the most delicious meal: Ham, beans, potatoes, rolls. It was so nice to take a break from eating out or grabbing fast food on the road. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and learning how to play pinochle. It's a family tradition and SniperBen fell into place so…
Read More

Road Trip – DC

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sunrise on the start of the road trip"][/caption] Every summer needs a summer vacation. This year our summer vacation was an epic road trip. Since Jess has family in Philly and I have some friends in NC that we hadn't seen in a while, we figured it would be the perfect time to see them both all while visiting our nation's capitol, especially since Jess and Chase had never been there and the last time I was there was when I was a kid. As with every great road trip we planned it all out, got all our ducks in a row and headed out early.…
Read More