Craig and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary on July 20th. It is hard to imagine that it has been ten years already. We have had some tough times over the years adjusting to our different personalities but our relationship is comforting. I chose the word comforting because Craig truly is my best friend. I love spending time with him. We laugh a lot and enjoy talking about our future. Things will never be perfect between us because we still argue and disagree. However, I feel COMFORTED spending my future with him because I know it will be fun and exciting. I love how he completes me and gives me peace when I am stressed. The sound of his voice makes me feel better before he even says much.
Well enough of the gushy stuff....LOL!!! Craig if you are reading this, I love you and thank you for 10 wonderful years.
Craig and I always said we would celebrate our tenth year on a cruise. We have never taken one before and that was our dream. Unfortunately, our little guy Jensen has been attached to say the least to Craig and I and familiarity. Since we have not been able to successfully leave him even in the church nursery without a meltdown, we knew that a cruise was out of the question. He will stay with my parents for a night but not for a long trip. My parents were so thoughtful to treat us to a few days at the beach as an anniversary present. The other two kids were visiting Craig's dad and step-mom so we took them up on the offer. Thank you Mom and Dad for being thoughtful and letting us enjoy the beach with you for a few days. We really appreciate it!!!!
I must say it was much easier traveling and getting ready to play on the beach with just one kid. Either way, we managed to pack a wagon full.
One day when all 5 of us (Craig, Me, Jensen, Mom and Dad) were out on the beach, it became very windy. I was holding on to one of our umbrellas and my Dad was holding the other one because of the wind. All of a sudden, mine started to fly away. I caught it but not after it slammed into my Mom slightly. It was a little stressful at the time, but now it is funny to look back at laugh at. Right Mom? Ha!
Before we headed out of town, we took Jensen and went to the local aquarium. I wanted to go because they had a new exhibit about penguins. I think are so cute and fascinating. The penguins were molting (shedding old feathers and growing new) at the time so they did not do very much. They are so cute either way.
I don't know if Jensen ever actually saw a shark. HaHa!
I was really impressed with this cool penguin sand castle:
The next night on our actual anniversary, we went to another of our favorite restaurants The Melting Pot.
We enjoyed the whole week very much. Even though it was not our cruise, it was still a week full of memories!
I love you Craig Nolan Berry.
Monday, August 6, 2012
On the 3rd of July, we decided to try something different and go see Garner fireworks instead of Fuquay Varina fireworks. The kids were dressed in cute patriotic shirts we made together. This is where I would insert a picture........but oh well! HA!
We met Scooter and Jeni at church and followed each other out to Benson park. We met some more friends from church there. We had a nice little group there. We were eating, kids were playing, but above us you could see how a storm seemed to be approaching. They kept announcing that they were keeping a watch on the weather and would let us know. At one point they told us that a storm was going to hit us so we all went to our cars. In case you have never experienced it, it is
On the actual fourth of July we had a cookout with friends at the Ragland's house. The highlight of the afternoon was when Craig and I beat Scooter and Jeni in corn hole. That was fun :) Jeni and I don't usually play because the men are playing themselves. I am sure they enjoyed the change this one time. Some of the time our husbands were getting frustrated at us. LOL!!!
Since we still had not seen fireworks the right way. We took the kids to Holly Springs fireworks on the 5th. It was nice to have a relaxed time as a family. This time I remembered the camera. Jensen and Caedmon were so cute as they waited for the fireworks to start.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Liesel's year of dance ended the first weekend of June with the usual dance recital. This year it was a bit different because she was in two dance classes......ballet and jazz. Now that she is older, she no longer takes the ballet/tap combo class. They take individual classes now for each dance. We chose to drop tap because she said she would rather do something else. She has liked jazz a lot. Ballet can get boring to her. I tell her often, in order to be good at something, it can get monotonous sometimes. Holly Springs School of Dance is such a huge dance school, that recitals are in the auditorium in downtown Raleigh. The recitals start on Friday night and go till Sunday night. I think they do about 10 shows the whole weekend. In the past, we have always had her recital on Saturday morning at 10am. I wondered what parents did if their daughter was in multiple classes or they had more than one daughter taking classes. Well I found out very quickly this year. Liesel's jazz class recital was Saturday morning at 10 which seems to be our lucky show apparently. Her ballet recital was Sunday night at 6pm. Needless to say I was not excited about going to two different shows and asking family members to do the same, but it's worth it to watch Liesel dance. I didn't feel too bad after I heard a dad behind me in line who had three daughters dancing that weekend and that he would be at 9 of the recitals. Sheeshhh!!!!! That takes dedication :)
Here is Liesel striking her jazz pose before the recital.
Here is Liesel striking her jazz pose before the recital.