Life with the Shirley Family

Life with the Shirley Family

Friday, July 30, 2010

A day with Camden

Friday, July 30, 2010
Nathan leaves to go to Ridgecrest and I get to spend the rest of the day with my favorite 3 year old; and it is National Cheesecake Day. What a day!

After dropping Nathan off to go on his last adventure of the summer, Camden and I go grocery shopping. This is an adventure that I have been neglecting, especially with coupons. But we went today and saved about $70. Not too bad. So we then head downtown to the Children's Museum. (Camden had won a free ticket through the library reading program.) I thought that if we went in the afternoon we would avoid the crowds who need to get home for naps. Well, I was wrong! And there are now camps at the museum. I haven't figured that one out; do the kids stay all day at the museum? And is it more than one day? That would be dreadful. Not the I didn't enjoy spending time with Camden and seeing him enjoy the museum, but after about an hour at our museum, I am ready to go.

Didn't we just finish grocery shopping?!?

Camden picking out his favorite snack...and at Publix no less! Do you have a coupon for that?

Playing on the pirate ship.

Building a tree in the treehouse room

A water pump that really works!

Knowing that next week I get to eat at Queen Anne's Revenge!

Of course we spent more time there than that. But when I was ready to drag Camden away, it started pouring outside. More time in the treehouse for us.

But we finally got away, even in the rain. At least Camden wore his rainboots! He is always prepeared for rain.

Home was our final stop for the evening. And to celebrate national cheesecake day, Camden and I made cheesecake. My mom used to make individual cheesecakes that were awesome. I have made them a few times, but they never turn out the greatest. So Dave still brought home a cheesecake from Publix. What a yummy way to end a nice day spent with a nice boy!

Camden loves to "make"

Which one looks better??

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Mystic Motor Inn

Well, I found out a few things about CT that I didn't know during our "trip" to the state. It was fun learning about CT since Dave and I went there on our honeymoon. Mystic, CT was our destination and we got to stay at the Mystic Motor Inn; the same inn that Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall stayed at when they went on their honeymoon. (at least that is the story!). We ended up in Mystic through Dave listening to me and planning it all out! Yes, we were newlyweds! I had worked as a Day's Inn reservationist one summer during college, and between phone calls, I spent a lot of time looking at descriptions of the cities where the hotels were located. One that I found particularly interesting was Danbury, CT. I can't really remember why Danbury was fascinating, but Dave heard CT and found the quaint little village of Mystic as a destination for us. And yes, we did eat Mystic Pizza even though I had not seen the movie.

A view on the grounds of the Inn. Nice pants!

The Mystic Aquarium. We were so young looking! And we needed a new camera already!

But for Nathan's CT experience, we ate hamburgers (they were supposedly invented at Louie's in CT), apples (lots of orchards in CT), and CT chili on hot dogs (it reminds me of Christmas because of the cinnamon and nutmeg!). (This is the second state to have some special form of hot dogs and I really hope that it does not continue for 47 more!) We also found out that people from CT are called Nutmeggers. The Oak Tree on the CT quarter is famous because a man hid the CT constitution in it when the New England royal governor wanted to take control of their government. And in Devon, CT, it is illegal to walk backwards after sunset.

It was fun to "visit" CT; even relive our visit in '93 through pictures. But now Nathan has decided he wants to go to Yale! I think if that were to happen, we had better stop visiting any place ever again and save it all for the tuition!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Life has been busy in the Shirley house this past month. Lots of work; little time to blog. But I had to write about our exciting announcement...our bathroom is SO close to being finished!!! It is a functioning bathroom with just detail and painting work to get done. I even went shopping for new accessories!! I am so excited. So come over for a visit and use our new potty!

Window treatment is in the works. I will be making curtains tomorrow, I hope! Notice the blue trashcan.

Okay, not much work done in this area, but the boy is sure cute! Seriously, we (meaning Dave mainly) will be painting this area tan. But I did get some blue soap dispensers and toothbrush holder. And they were half price. And I got a new rug. I think it is really cool!