Sunday, July 22, 2012

The End to a GREAT Vacation & Todd's Birthday

For those of you that haven't been keeping up with my posts, Todd and I (and Banner!) took a week long vacation. We headed down to North Carolina to spend time with Todd's parents, his brother and his family. Then we went to Myrtle Beach for a few days before returning back to North Carolina. You can read about our adventures here and here.

When we got back from Myrtle Beach, we played continued a game of Monopoly we had started before we left. I had gotten Todd the electronic debit version for his birthday. Since he begged, I let him open that one gift early. Although it's a little sad that today's generation won't ever learn how to count cash and give change, the electronic debit version was much quicker and it was still fun. We were all continually asking Todd, the banker, for updates on our balance. This Monopoly version also dealt with monetary amounts in the thousands and millions instead of hundreds like the original version.

Here are my cards after the first 10 minutes or so of the game:

Here is our banker:

This version had new pieces:

Todd had to keep mortgaging his properties:

The end of the game:

Banner joined us under the table:

Guess who won? :)

On Wednesday evening/Thursday, Debbie and I did a little window shopping at a thrift store and the mall. Unfortunately, I didn't find any deals. Skylar and Sylas (our niece and nephew) came over again. I did a little coloring with them and then after dinner we all got in the hot tub. Banner really wanted to join us so he jumped up and walked around the edge of the tub before slipping and falling on the concrete! He's okay though... no injuries! We also started another game of Monopoly because Todd was feeling cheated from the first game. I was starting to win when we started over again so that Dan could join. Todd definitely won that game!

Somewhere during the last stretch of our vacation, we did some chalk in the driveway.


Skylar and I drew each other... (Eek!) 

Friday, Todd made me brunch! He cooked some bacon and eggs all by himself for me. :) Then we all went bowling... Not my favorite sport but I tried. I was pretty pathetic; I mean, Skylar beat me and Sylas almost beat me! With bumpers!

Check out my oh-so-trendy shoes:

The kids used this metal bar thingy that helped them to push the ball. Sylas figured out that if he could run up and then push the ball, it would go farther. Skylar learned how to aim the metal thingy so that the ball would play off the bumpers.


Todd was drenched in sweat by the end. He used up all the napkins in our dispenser!


Lovely, isn't it?

Saturday morning, Todd opened the remainder of his birthday gifts. He got a Captain America wall plaque for the man cave and some nice outfits from his family. I got him a new beard trimmer, Superman coasters, ice packs and running shirts. Later, we went out to eat at Golden Corral for Todd's birthday lunch. We had birthday cake later that afternoon and then we headed back home. Banner was pretty exhausted and spent most of the five hour trip in my lap, sleeping.

Overall, it was a great vacation! It was wonderful to meet new people, go to new places and spend time with family. Stay tuned for our adventures in DC that took place the Monday after we got back!

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