Oct 24, 2014

Vacation Day 17

Today we went to North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. We had so much fun! Of course I made the worst mistake ever and forgot my camera today!! I was so mad. I had my phone but of course it's not a very good camera so I only took a few photos. This one came out really good. LOL

This aquarium is probably one of my favorite aquariums I've been to. There was a lot of interactive exhibits. We went to two different special presentations. One was about snakes. Mom of course didn't come far into the room for that one. She is terrified of snakes. I was really really proud of Jeremiah cause after the lesson we were able to pet the snake and he did right away. It was a rat snake and so pretty. The presentation was really neat. The other was about Sea Life and was on a DVD and we really learned a lot and was so thankful we sat through it. The aquarium had two sea turtles they were rehabilitating. Right outside that they had this really really amazing room where you play doctor on these rubber turtles...
It took you step by step of what they go through to treat the sea turtles. Jeremiah LOVED it. I loved it!!! haha. This really made the museum so amazing and fun. They also have a touch tank with sting rays and Jeremiah and me played in there for at least 20 mins. There really wasn't much other people around so we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves most the time. Jeremiah loved the sting rays and I was up to my arm pit in the water to play with a shark on the bottom haha. We laughed and just had a blast. If we had an extra day in the next week I would go back. It was so neat....hopefully next time with my camera haha.

Oct 23, 2014

Vacation Day 16

Today Jeremiah was feeling a little better. We've been eating our complimentary breakfast at a wonderful restaurant nearby. Today was our first day eating at our hotel's restaurant. This time of year it's only open a few days. It was exactly what I figured a complimentary breakfast would be. Not good! Jeremiah got milk which wasn't included in our what we were allowed to have. After we ate what we could the lady took our plates. We sat there and waited. We finally asked if we would be getting a check. She said Yes for the milk! Guess how much it was $3.50!!! For a small glass of milk that he finished and had to drink some of my pop because she never asked if he needed a refill. So needless to say we won't be going back....complimentary or not. We all voted to go to our fav little restaurant instead. I forgot to say that yesterday the lady who owns the restaurant gave my mom this awesome lighthouse poster cause she knew mom liked lighthouses. She also gave Jeremiah a limited edition shirt. So she definitely not only earned our business cause the delicious food but the great service and kindness.

After breakfast we headed back down to Cape Hatteras. We wanted to go to the Graveyard of the Atlantic a shipwreck museum. It's free but we donated some money cause it was very interesting. The neatest part is they had a treasure hunt paper for Jeremiah to fill out and it made it really fun to look for the pictures and read the information...
He really enjoyed it a lot and again accidentally learned something haha. After that museum we went to visit Cape Hatteras lighthouse...
We had seen it from the road but this time we got close. This one is very pretty. The wind was still roaring today which made the waves beautiful! We stopped along the road and watched countless windsurfers and kite surfers. It was so neat to see...
Tonight we had dinner at a brewery and I felt bad and really wished Fred was there. He would have loved to taste the local brews. Yet another wonderful day.

Oct 22, 2014

Vacation Day 15

Today Jeremiah and me took a lazy day. His ear starting hurting last night. Plus it was really windy and cool today. So I watched some TV shows on my laptop and he surfed YouTube and watched some cartoons. I also did 2 loads of laundry. There is a washer and dryer right here in the condo. That's so nice!

Mom got back in the early afternoon and we went to a fantastic BBQ place and had a great meal. I ran by Walgreens to get some meds for Jeremiah to hopefully kick this thing before it becomes too bad. Now we are just resting. With all the fun we've been having we need days like this sometimes.

Oct 21, 2014

Vacation Day 14

We slept in a little bit this morning and then went to our delicious breakfast at Jolly Roger. I found 2 t-shirts from the restaurant and just had to get them. We took the trip back down 12 to Cape Hatteras area. We took a ferry over to Ocracoke Island. They said it's a longer trip now because of how shallow the water is. The ferry kind of has to zig zag to get there. It was a really fun trip though. Once we got there Mom wanted us to go to this Blackbeard museum. Jeremiah was really looking forward to it cause he loves pirates. Here is a picture we got before going in...
It was really neat and Jeremiah really enjoyed it a lot. I think he accidentally learned a few things haha. I guess Blackbeard was killed here nearby. We watched a really interesting video about it at the museum. After the museum we went to see the Ocracoke Lighthouse...
After seeing the lighthouse we loaded back up on the ferry and started north. We were really hungry cause it was about 5:30pm before we got back. We keep forgetting it's an hour and a half to get to where our hotel is. We were pretty sure the quick ride there became endless to get back haha. Jeremiah joked about being stuck in the Groundhog Day movie cause it felt like we would never made it. We finally got back and after looking around we decided to go back to Jolly Roger. The food like I said is fantastic and there are so many options we wanted to try.

Oct 20, 2014

Vacation Day 13

I finally am mostly caught up. Got 40 pictures loaded to my Facebook. Got my photo a day updated on Facebook. Got my blog caught up. I just might be back on top of this thing haha. Today we went over to Jolly Roger for our complimentary breakfast. It was DELICIOUS. Sometimes when they are free you worry you will get one little egg and a piece of toast. Jeremiah got 3 pancakes that filled his plate and bacon. I got delicious eggs, toast, and hash browns. So glad we will be forced to go back haha. After breakfast we headed to the grocery store. We needed those goodies you just can't live without. This room is so nice cause we get a full size kitchen. When we got done carrying all the goodies in we were messing around and right out our window was dolphins and pelicans. We all screamed excited of course...
I just love dolphins. Seeing them jump and play in the wild just makes me so happy. We were lucky enough to see several jump way up out of the water and just enjoy life. They just kept coming and coming. I bet we saw over 50 easy. Mom just LOVES pelicans and we saw so many of them too. I kept telling my mom I was going to go for a quick swim haha. Our hotel has floor to ceiling glass on the wall that looks out to ocean so boy you can sure see them when they pass by even from the couch or chair...
After awwing and ohhing at the beautiful ocean animals we hit the road to see what we could see. We drove down 12 and went to Cape Hatteras. We were surprised it's about an hour and half down to there from here but it's so beautiful you don't really notice. I'm glad we are staying in Kill Devil Hills cause it has a lot more restaurants than down there. We went to a shopping area and looked around a little bit and then headed back here for dinner. We ate at a Mexican place and it was really fantastic. After being totally miserable from all the good food we got back to our room for the night. I've been trying to catch up ever since haha. I think I've finally succeeded. Now to just keep caught up.

Catch Up Day 11

Day 11 was the 18th. This is the catch up post.

This was the last day of the PALs stitching retreat so all I wanted to do was visit and stitch and I did just that. I kept working on Ghoul School. The post below shows where I finished for the day Friday. Here is where I got after stitching Saturday...
I just almost finished the first page. Too much fun talking and doing exchanges to finish the back stitching haha. I just had an absolute blast this year. It was so much fun talking to friends I've known for the 4 years I've attended but I also met so many new people this year. There were a lot of new people this year. That makes me really happy because it means it will keep growing for years to come. Unfortunately some of the regulars couldn't make it and I missed them a lot. I just love walking around and seeing what everyone is stitching and how they do it so differently. I really enjoyed my time and can't wait to attend next year!!! Saturday night we did two fun exchanges. The Christmas ornament and the stitched exchange. Here are the two I made...
Here is the piece I received in the Christmas exchange...
I just love the frame and the bow for the hanger. Here is the piece I received for the stitched exchange...
I just love biscornus and I was so excited this is what I received. The other awesome part is the lady who made it sit beside me for most the time and I really enjoyed getting to know her over the time. So it was extra special to have a piece made by someone I knew. There finally caught up on the retreat. Hope you can tell how much fun I had. If you can it's definitely a fantastic trip to make!!!!

Catch up Day 10

Day 10 was the 17th. This is the catch up post.

For IHSW I decided to work on Ghoul School. Here is where I was at the beginning of the day Friday...
Here is where I was at the end of Friday...
Friday was another wonderful day at the PALs retreat. Friday night we did the grab bag exchange. I always look forward to this fun exchange. You put together a container with $25 worth of stitching and any other goodies you choose to throw in. I had so much fun putting together the one I gave. My mom found a wine themed box and I filled it with all kinds of goodies. We found some cute wine themed items to throw in too. The lady who received it was very happy. This is a picture of the box I loaded up on the table with a few of the other boxes...

Here is a picture of the box I received...
I just loved the outside box. The goodies I received weren't exactly what I hoped stitching wise but it's fine. It is what it is and I had fun participating anyway...
The ladies husband hand made the wooden items. The flip flops with the holes are for holding threads. Very cute. The little wooden box was really soft. Then the one is for your thread leftovers and the other thing is a needle holder. The only stitching items was the one piece of fabric but she was new and probably didn't understand the rules of the exchange. I love the wooden items though. It was a long fun stitching chatting filled day.