Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Catching Up...May 2016

We are still enjoying a few lazy summer days around here before we start up school for the fall, so I finally have some time to catch up on blogging.  I figured I better get it done before the business of life catches up with us again.  Back to May now...my girl was in another play with her homeschool co-op class.  It was a version of Alice in Wonderland that was similar to the story we are used to but they had more than one girl in the role of Alice.  Of course, my girl was the best one in my opinion. ;)  My boy was in a photography class at co-op and they had a contest that night and everyone voted for the best photo and he won first place!  We took a bunch of field trips and went to Busch Gardens again.  We had a beach day and we went to Homeschool Sail Fit where you can learn sailing and kayaking and paddle boarding.  Turns out my boy is pretty awesome at paddle boarding and the kids all had fun finding sea urchins on the bottom of the intercoastal waterway.  We spent a lot of time visiting my grandpa who was sick in the hospital and a rehab facility for most of May.  My brother was in town again so we had a beach day with the cousins too.  I'd say it was a pretty packed month.  We always try to cram a bunch of stuff in before the weather gets too hot and the schools get out and everything gets crowded.  Here are some photos of our fun!

All prettied up to play Alice.
My girl and one of her besties who was another Alice as well.
My girl on stage.  Oh, and my boy too.  They called up audience members to be the croquet wickets.
 My boy with his winning photo.
 I can't believe how good he was at this on his very first time!
Papa and half his great grandkids.
Beach day.

Monday, July 4, 2016


I feel like twelve is a magical age.  It's the year between being a child and being a teenager.  So much changes in that one little year.  My girl turned twelve in January and already this year is flying by and she's suddenly looking less like a little girl.  She's almost as tall as me, by just barely an inch. She's got the eye roll down and the exasperated sigh.  But...she's still my little girl.  She still loves me just as much, even if she doesn't need me to help her with the little things any more.  She needs me for bigger things, like navigating friendships and being an ear to listen to all the little stories of things that happen at student group and co-op and sleepovers.  Suddenly what her friends think bears much more weight than it used to and fitting in is oh so important.  Yes, she is twelve.  It's wonderful, and it's frustrating and I've never been a mom of a twelve year old so I hope I'm getting things right.  She is beautiful and smart and funny and she loves Jesus.  She still confides in me and she still wants to kiss me goodnight and for this mama, that is everything.  I love her so much and I love, love, love that God has entrusted me with the important job of helping her grow into a woman.  I love that she is so forgiving of my faults and I try to remind myself daily to give her grace as I try to remember way back to what it was like when I was twelve.  

This year for her annual photo shoot I let her take over, because after all, she's twelve now so she's got her own creative ideas and she's trying out new styles and I love watching all of it evolve.  She's a Pinterest junkie so she made a pin board of inspiration photos that mostly involved a forest style with a white dress.  She tried on lots of dresses but finally found this perfect one that she felt beautiful in.  I was a little wary of the fact that it's off the shoulder, but I'm embracing this growing up thing and she loved how she looked in it and loved that it was a grown up type of style so I went with it.  We found a park with the right forest feel and although I'd like to say we had a perfect, wonderful shoot...well, she's twelve, so there was some tension and some drama, and then we made up in the end.  So, yeah, it was a typical day in the life of a twelve year old girl and her mama.  I love how all her photos turned out so I have a ton to share.  She doesn't even realize how gorgeous she is, but I'm happy to say that she is truly just as beautiful on the inside.  If you have the pleasure of knowing her then I know you'll agree.      

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Easter 2016

This year on Easter my brother was in town with his family and we had a fun time celebrating.  We woke up early of course so the kids could find their Easter baskets that the Easter bunny had hidden.  He did a pretty good job this year.  We headed to church with a massive sugar rush and then headed to my mom's house for dinner.  She made a whole spread with ham and everything.  It was all delicious of course because my mom is a wonderful cook.  It runs in the family. ;)  We managed to get a few photos of all the kids in their Easter finest before they changed.  I honestly don't even remember what we did the rest of the day besides the traditional egg hunt.  I seriously need to catch up on my blogging because my memory is not as good as it used to be!  I'm guessing maybe the guys went fishing and we went to the beach for sunset.  That sounds like a typical day so I'm just gonna go with that.  Here are my favorite pics of my favorite little people, who aren't really so little anymore!

 I love these two together.  They are too cute!  That one on the left is them doing their serious faces.  My boy has got the smolder down!

Posting this for my mom who loves pics of her grandkids.  Hopefully this summer I'll get one with all 6 of them!

Busch Gardens

When we lived in Ohio we always had season passes to Kings Island, so when we moved we really missed having a family activity to do like that.  Since we live so close to Disney and Busch Gardens we debated about what to do and we ended up choosing to get passes to Busch Gardens for this year and we have loved it so far!  Next year we might do Disney or Universal, but really, I just love Busch Gardens so much I have a feeling we will do it again.  The first time we went we really had no idea what to expect.  I had heard that they had a lot of animals there, but in my mind I thought it was kind of a separate part of the park, but I was totally wrong about that.  There are a lot of animals and it's fantastic.  If I had to describe it, I would say it's like a zoo that happens to have roller coasters all throughout.  The animal exhibits are very intertwined with the rides and everything else.  I actually think the animal exhibits at Busch Gardens are better than the zoo here.  And the shows there are great!  My kids love the animal show.  We have loved going there as a family and with friends.  My husband and I were able to go on a double date with friends to the Food and Wine Festival there and that was a blast too.  I really don't have anything bad to say about Busch Gardens.  We don't ride the huge roller coasters since my boy is still not a fan of them, but there is enough other stuff to do there that it's still fun.  I take a ton of photos with my phone every time we go, but I'm just going to share a few from the first couple of times we went.  The rest I still need to download off my phone!  I foresee another Busch Gardens blog post in my future. :)


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