Thursday, March 31, 2011

What state are we in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day 4 - Part 1)

On the fourth day of our family vacation, we decided to go into Atlanta. Our first stop was at the Coke Museum. I know what your are thinking...."Cohen isn't allowed to drink Coke, so why would you take him to the Coke museum?" Well because I LOVE Coke so much, I needed to visit this museum.

Brooke, Lisa, do you remember this shot?


Cohen loved the polar bear!!




 Our little American Idol (recognize the couch??).



Ready for the 4D movie about Coke. For those wondering, 4D means that your seats move and they spray water on you.


The boys, ready for the movie.


On to our favorite place in the museum...the tasting room. For a kid that isn't allowed to drink Coke, he had fun in here.

He did no love most of the drinks we gave him. He turned down just about everything that was fizzy. This is his face after tasting the BEVERLY!


Cohen's favorite drink was Delaware Punch. It was sweet and non-fizzy.


And, yes, we let him drink some Real Coke. He did not like it; he just wanted more Delaware Punch.


As a gift for visiting the museum, you get a free bottle of coke, yay!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What state are we in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day 3)

On the third day of our Raney Family Vacation, we hopped in the car for a short ride to Tennessee. We visited Copperhill TN/McCaysville GA. It was a beautiful drive through the country!

We stopped off at the state line to snap these pictures. (And for those keeping count, Cohen has had a picture taken at the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee state signs...stay tuned we still have to get Mississippi).

Is he in Tennessee or Georgia?




After we left Copperhill/McCaysville, we stopped off at Mercier Orchards to buy some local grown goodies. Cohen enjoyed riding the tractor with Pops.


We still had some time to play, so we decided to stop off at a local park.




When we got back to our cabin, Mr. Jerry decided to build a fire in the fire pit. The wood was a little wet, so we had some trouble getting it to start.

The boys...hard at work!




After Jace got the fire started, he decided to try some of his moves he learned from the Warrior Dash.

Jace be nimble, Jace be quick, Jace jumped over the fire pit. Horay!


Everyone enjoyed roasting marshmallows over the fire. It was warm and toasty!



Cohen REALLY loved the marshmallow!


Monday, March 28, 2011

What state are we in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day 2)

On the second day of our vacation, we did some serious vacationing. We slept late, laid around our beautiful cabin and just relaxed.

I felt like we were almost in heaven. It was so peaceful and quiet.

Of course....it wasn't quiet all day. The game room was well stocked with lots of fun things to do!



Sunday, March 27, 2011

What state are you in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day 1)

During our Mardi Gras break, the Raney family loaded up our minivan and headed to Georgia. Jace, Cohen and I invited Nan and Pops to join us in all our fun. We are so happy they agreed to go along.

We started our trip with a fun morning at the Bonnet Carre Spillway watching Jace finish his first Warrior Dash. Read about Jace's experience on his blog. Overall it was tons of fun, and Jace did a great job! Uncle Awesome, Aunt Trix, and Uncle Ryan also ran the Warrior Dash. While the runners were doing their thing, Cohen, Nan, Pops, Aunt Stephanie and I played around the spectator area. It was loads of fun.

Cohen loved that he could play in all the mud puddles.


We may have dressed alike, but only one of us is a warrior.


Here we are at the start of the race with Jace. Go Team Raney! (Even if it is only Jace running this race.)


Uncle Awesome and Cohen played in the mud while we were waiting for Jace to finish the race.


Here are a few shots of Jace close to the end of the race.



 Way to go Jace!! I'm so proud of you!


Here are all the warriors. They did a great job!!


Aunt Stephanie took a few really cute pictures of me and my little man. Here are a few of my favorites...



When he's not trying to hit me in the face....


 ....he's loving on me. I love my boy!


Whew...after all that fun, we went home, showered and loaded the van to go to Georgia. After all that racing, Cohen was exhaused.


For those that don't know....Cohen is learning his states, so I thought I would take the opportunity to teach him his states on this trip. He made a stop in each state to take a picture with a sign. On the way to Georgia, we did not stop at the rest stop in Mississippi or Georgia because Cohen was sleeping when we passed those.

We did stop in Alabama.


I love this picture, because Cohen is eating his state card.


Look how happy he is to learn about states.


Once we returned to the car, I read off the fun facts about the state off the back of the card. It was a learning experience for all of us!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Is it Summer yet?

Ok. I know you are all patiently awaiting the blog posts from our first Raney Family Vacation to Blue Ridge, Georgia, but I took about 500 pictures and I'm currently in the process of picking and editing pictures from our trip...so stay tuned for that post.

Since yesterday was the first official day of Spring, I thought I would pose the question "Is it Summer yet?" For those of you living in or near Louisiana, you know the answer to this is "yes." School may still be in session, and the azaleas might have just started blooming, but if you check the temperature, you know that Summer is indeed upon us.

Last weekend, Uncle Awesome and Aunt Trix came to play with Cohen. He was super excited to see them. I decided that it was warm enough to turn on some water fun. Here are a few pictures of my boy playing in the water.







Taking a shower in the water.



Jace is probably going to get upset with me, but I'm posting a picture of him. I don't care. He was looking good that day!


After all that fun in the water, we all enjoyed a popsicle. Cohen requested that Uncle Awesome sit at his table with him. Too cute!


Later, Cohen came in and took a bath. After his bath, he proceeded to walk around the house and tell everyone that he was a "scary monster."  I figured this would be a great time to try on some hand-me-down halloween costumes. Check out my scary monster.


Scary monsters love to hid under blankets. If only the tail of that scary monster costume fit under the blanket.


Then next...Batman...Cohen's new favorite show. Ok, so it's not technically the superhero "Batman" but Cohen didn't really care.


Stay tuned for more fun dressup opportunities. Our friend, Stella, is going to have a big birthday party and all of Cohen's friends will be dressed as little princesses (because all of Cohen's friends are girls). Cohen will also be wearing a costume for this party...so stay tuned for that post as well.