Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Week 19 ~

I'm getting ready for a quick trip to Ohio to meet my new nephew, but I wanted to get my Photo Friday posted so I'm not too far behind again.  I can't wait to hold sweet baby Bryson and get some newborn snuggles in!  But first up, here are some photos of the number one little boy in my life.  I took these the other day while we were getting ready for church.  He had just taken a shower and his hair looked so red because it was still damp.  I saw my camera sitting out and decided to grab it and take a few quick shots.  He was busy playing Minecraft on his Kindle, which he does daily for his allotted hour of screen time, but I figured I might as well have a photo of it!  A few months ago he discovered his daddy's old Calvin and Hobbes books and they are his new favorites so I snapped a photo of him reading when he ran out of screen time.  I want to remember that when he was 10 these were the things he liked to do.  I love that sweet boy so much and wish he would stop growing up so fast!  I swear it was like a week ago when he was a newborn.  I'm trying to savor what time I have left.  Here are my favorites this week.    



Friday, May 5, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 15, 16, 17 & 18

Well, another massive fail on my Photo Friday posts!  I need to reevaluate and maybe it should be a once a month project.  I need to set more attainable goals for myself.  Anyway, I do have a bunch of photos to share as we've had a lot going on in our lives.  My girl had a dance recital for her co-op class where she did a group dance and a solo.  Her solo was so cute and she did great!  I love watching her on stage.  My brother and his family were in town for spring break and we had a ton of fun hanging out at the beach with them and going out to dinner and just watching the kids enjoy each other's company.  The boys put up a tent in my mom's backyard and 'camped' for a couple of nights.  The Easter bunny visited them all at our house and we had an egg hunt at my mom's before they had to head back to Ohio.  Then we got busy finishing up school for the year and I had a bunch of photo shoots so I've been busy editing photos like crazy.  The kids still have to finish up math but all the other subjects are done for the year!  Yay!!  My girl has been walking dogs a bunch and making lots of money and she even had her first real babysitting job recently (with kids, not dogs).  She's been babysitting at our Friday morning Bible study and that has gotten her more comfortable so I see lots more of those jobs in her future too.  Other than that we've just been doing random pool days and hanging out with friends in our free time.  We are looking forward to everyone else being out of school so we can have some beach days too.  Maybe I'll remember to take my camera and blog about some of them. ;)  Here are some of my favorite photos from the past month!

I love these photos of my sweet boy!  I did a photo shoot with my niece and nephew while they were here and I took my kids too so I could get some of the 4 of them together.  I'm so glad I did because they all turned out great!  He found a stick there and he is holding it in every photo, but I'm not gonna lie, I kinda love it because it's so him.

Ummm, I know I'm their mom and I'm blinded by love but my kids are gorgeous.

Current favorite photo.  These were their Easter outfits.

Just some cute pics from Easter with the girls.  My girl kept throwing jelly beans and catching them in her mouth.

Some pics from my girl's dance recital.  She wore her Easter dress for her solo.  Good thing I love that dress since I have tons of photos of her in it. 

These are from today.  My girl and the Baby Buffers.  She's the baby of the family now.  We are getting her groomed on Tuesday and I can't wait for her cute puppy haircut again.

I'll hopefully update you again next week!  Hopefully being the operative word, ha!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 13 & 14

My favorite photos from the past couple of weeks are all of my beautiful girl.  I took her down to St. Pete for a photo shoot for her 13th birthday and we took one of her best friends and her mom who is one of my best friends (yay, love when we have mother-daughter friends) with us.  We had so much fun!  I have a ton of photos.  I think I took about 300 and then even after narrowing it down twice I had over 100 favorites.  My girl helped me narrow it down further since everyone is more picky about themselves and it's down to about 50 now.  I'll do a post when I've got it down to about 30 or less.  For now, here are some of my favs!




Friday, March 24, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 10-12 ~

I am totally failing at my weekly posts, but I'm gonna keep trying!  I didn't even get my camera out for personal use in the last 3 weeks until about an hour ago...so it's not even like I've been taking photos but have no time to post.  I just keep forgetting!  I really have no excuse.  My sweet boy let me take a few photos of him on the balcony so I would have something to post.  I have been working on getting my blog ready to print into a book though.  My whole intention in starting this blog was to have it printed into a book each year and so far I've only printed 2009.  I'm that far behind, but I'm determined to catch up.  I caught my boy reading through it the other day and I loved seeing him enjoying it so much so now I'm on a mission to get another one printed soon.  In the meantime I'll just keep adding new posts, so here you go.  My favorite boy.

 I know, more shirtless photos, I swear he won't keep a shirt on!  I kinda love it though.

He's the cutest redhead boy I've ever seen and he's still the sweetest too.  I love him so much I can't stand it!  I'm so happy to have this boy in my life.  He always knows how to make me smile.   

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friends Photo Shoot!

I had so much fun taking photos of these girls!  They are all so sweet and silly and have such a great time together.  They never make me feel like I'm just an old, annoying mom hanging around.  It kinda feels like they are my friends too and I love that.  The day I took these photos it was freezing out so they had to totally change up the outfits they had planned for something warmer but I think they turned out great.  We went to downtown Safety Harbor and just drove around and stopped and got out when we saw something that we thought would be cute for a backdrop.  It was very spontaneous and I love that!  The girls all had lots of great pose ideas and were naturals in front of the camera. I seriously could do photo shoots like this all day.  Having friends there makes it so much more fun!  I have a ton of favorites so here they are!

Too cool for you.

I love this bright mural we found!

My fav.
I love that my girl has such amazing, sweet, godly girls as friends.  I have even become friends with all their moms.  I hope we all stay friends for many years to come and have many more photo shoots as they grow up.  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 8 & 9

I promise I'm going to actually post this weekly and not every other week...I think.  I have commitment issues I guess.  Anyway, I also promise I'm not going to make every post about our dog. But the past two weeks all I've taken photos of is her!  So, here are some favorite photos of her and her favorite human.  I went with them on one of their walks and we went down by the Bay and it was so pretty.  Too bad our dog has such tiny legs that we can't walk too far or we end up having to carry her on the way back.  She's definitely not a dog that's going to help you get in shape.  That's okay though because have you seen how cute she is?!  We got her groomed and now with her hair cut I can't even stand it sometimes, I mean the other day I looked over at her and thought she was a stuffed animal for a second.  :) 


I love the photos of her walking next to her favorite person because you can really tell how tiny she is.  See you next week with hopefully some more interesting pics!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

She's a Teenager!

So, I know I've already mentioned it a few times, but we have a teenager in the house now!  I feel like we celebrated her birthday for an entire week this year which is exactly how she likes it.  It started with the arrival of the Ohio friends and ended with a slumber party with a few Florida friends.  Her actual birthday was on a Wednesday.  We woke her up by playing a crazy cat video on my phone and I think we went to the beach that day (neither of us can remember!) and she took her friends to youth group at church that night.  She didn't want to go initially because they sometimes sing to you and make you stand on a chair or something and she absolutely hates being the center of attention so she texted her leader and made him promise no singing.  So we made her stand on a chair at home while we sang to her before she blew out her birthday candles on her cake.  :)

Once her Ohio friends flew home, she was ready to celebrate again with some of her Florida friends.  She decided to just do a small celebration this year and only invited 3 friends.  We started off with them doing their hair and makeup because I took them to do a photo shoot too.  We didn't go to the beach this time though so they look totally different.  I'll post a bunch in my next blog post.  After freezing at our photo shoot we headed home to pizza and a movie and woke up to cinnamon rolls before church.  

I love that we got to celebrate my girl for a week!  Becoming a teenager is such an exciting milestone and I seriously still can't believe she is one sometimes.  Here are a few photos of her birthday fun.  Scroll to the bottom for the annual birthday survey. Be sure to read her answers in an exasperated, annoyed, teenagery sort of tone in your head.  She may have been upset with me while I gave her the survey.  ;) 




The Birthday Survey

~How old are you? 13
~How does being 13 make you feel? Feels like the same.
~What do you want to learn this year? Learning? How to take Buffy outside without really taking her outside which I don't think can be done.
~What was the best thing about being 12? Um, {giggling}, like the best part? Of my year of being twelve or what? Yes. When Madi and Julia came.
~What did you do for your birthday? Had a party with a few of my friends and on my actual birthday we went to the puppy store, and I went to youth group. Remember how I work you up? {Eye roll, big sigh}...Yes I remember. Do you want to talk about it? You woke me up with a crazy video with cats.
~What is your favorite color? Aqua blue
~What is your favorite food? Boston Creme donuts
~Who is your favorite person? I don't know. You have to pick one. Buffy. She's not a person. Jesus, he was a person. How about a person who is living on earth right now. Fine, {eye roll}, you.
~What grade are you in? 7th
~What is your favorite thing to do for school? I guess reading.
~What is your favorite game to play? Uno
~What do you like to do with Daddy? I like to go on walks with him.
~What do you like to do with Mommy? I like watching movies with you and going shopping.
~What do you like to do with your brother? I like playing with Buffy with him. That's fun.

~What’s your favorite thing to do with the whole family? Movie night.
~What’s your favorite store? The mall, because it has all the stores. Mwahaha.
~What’s your favorite place to eat? Rumba
~What’s your favorite book? The Hunger Games
~What’s your favorite song? Let it all go by Birdy
~What’s your favorite thing about God? That He loves me no matter what.

~What do you want to do this year? See the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I don't know what else. Uh, this is horrible because I know you're typing all the I don't know, um's. I'm a live in the moment kind of person, I don't like planning.
~What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to own a bookstore. And have a pet fox.
~What's your favorite animal? A red fox.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 6 & 7

We have a dog!  I seriously never in a million years thought I would have a dog.  But years of relentless begging by my dog loving daughter and here I am.  Technically it's her dog, but she's already starting to feel like our dog.  The last couple of weeks have been busy around here trying to figure out how to do life with a dog.  Her name is Buffy.  I love her name!  It was originally gonna be Roxy, but Buffy won out and I'm glad it did.  I like how it's so girly, but then it has a tough connotation to it because of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I let my girl watch Season 1 of that show recently so I think that's what sealed the deal.  

We got Buffy from a breeder in Orlando.  She's a 4 year old Golden Yorkie and they were retiring her.  She was living in a house with a fenced yard and another little Yorkie, so the first week here was hard for her with being on a leash for the first time and having to be taken outside and down the stairs to go potty.  Also, they spoke Spanish at her old house so we weren't even sure she understood any of our commands at first.  We are two weeks in now and she's doing pretty great though!  She's even liking her crate and she already has her spots where she likes to hang out during the day.  She's claimed the bean bag in my girl's room as her spot in that room and we refer to her as queen bee when she sits there because she's so little in it.  She has a little pillow that we put by our sliding glass door and she likes to hang out there when we are all in the living room.  She mostly just follows my girl wherever she goes.  She's definitely her person.  I'm second favorite and the boys she's not too sure of yet.  

My criteria for getting a dog were pretty ridiculous and I wasn't sure we'd ever get one because of it.  I wanted a Yorkie or a Maltese that was not a puppy, already house trained, and small enough to carry around and take places with us.  If it was a Yorkie it had to have stick up ears, and it needed to not be too old, not bark too much, and pretty much be the cutest, most perfect dog you've ever seen.  So, yeah, I was being difficult, but it turns out I got everything on my list.  Buffy is pretty much perfect!  We love her and although life was definitely easier and cheaper without her, we are getting used to it.  I've taken a ton of photos of her with my phone, she even already has her own Instagram account.  

Here are some photos I snapped of her with my good camera yesterday.  Confession...I tried to cut her hair myself and it was an epic fail.  So we will be taking her to the groomer soon for a cuter cut.   And the people we got her from had cut the hair right between her eyes before we got her so we have to wait for that to grow out too.  She's already cute as is, but she'll be even cuter soon!  
  


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Surprise!

For my girl's 13th birthday her two best friends from Ohio flew down to surprise her!  We let her fly to Ohio last year to surprise one of them for a birthday (so fun!) and so they decided to do the same for her.  They had been planning it for months and I was so afraid that my girl would find out about it since there were so many opportunities for one of us to accidentally let it slip, but she had no idea.  I told my girl that I was meeting a friend for dinner to talk about the women's retreat at our church, but really I went to the airport to pick them up.  Then on the way home from the airport we were trying to figure out if we should all just walk into the house or what.  We decided to see if we could get her to come down to the car so I called her and told her I was coming home to pick up some paperwork from last year's retreat and I needed her to bring it down to the car for me.  The girls and their mom all hid behind other cars and when she got close to me they jumped out.  She was so shocked!  It was so fun to surprise her!  

They stayed for a whole week and we had such a fun time together.  They took a million selfies and bought matching pj's.  They entertained us with nightly dance performances and we went to the beach twice.  A trip to the mall and one to the Clearwater Aquarium were fun too.  We did lots of shopping at all the Clearwater beach shops, and stopped for milkshakes and had dinner at the cutest restaurant one night.  We also introduced them to Rita's and they got to go to youth group together.  It was such a busy week but I wouldn't change a thing.  It was so great for us moms to get to hang out too enjoying each other's company and watching our girls and all their silliness.  

We took them to the beach for a photo shoot one night and these are all photos from that night. I have a ton of iPhone photos too, but I already shared a bunch of those on Instagram so if you missed them, check them out here.  


These girls have known each other since birth and I love looking back at these old photos of them growing up together!  In this one they were 3, 4 and 5.

This was just 3 years ago when they were 9, 10 and 11!  

Now at 12, 13 and 14.  I can't wait to see what they look like in 3 more years!

They have way too much fun together.





My girl got this adorable ukulele for her birthday.  Her friend Julia just so happens to play and I had no idea.  She is so good and taught her so much in just the few days she was here!

I can't believe later this year they will all be teenagers!  They will be seeing each other at camp this summer for more shenanigans.  We can't wait!  I'm so glad they were able to come visit!  I hope they can come again soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Florida Christmas

This year was the first time in my entire life that we weren't with extended family on Christmas.  We decided not to travel and just have a quiet Christmas with the four of us.  My brother was at Disney World and my mom was in Ohio with my sisters.  I really did miss seeing all the kids, but we still had fun celebrating with just our little family.  One awesome thing about being in Florida for Christmas is the amazing weather.  We were able to go see lights and go to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town and all of it without freezing!  On Christmas Eve we went to the candle light service at our church, which I always love, and for dinner afterwards we were going to go to Skyline to make us feel like we were having a bit of Ohio, but it ended up being closed so we ended up at Rumba which is one of my favorites.  They have a great patio and it was so weird to think that we were eating Christmas Eve dinner outside with palm trees!  We let the kids open a bunch of gifts from family when we got home. 

Christmas morning came early and didn't disappoint.  My boy was so excited to get Cozmo, the little robot he'd been wanting.  He was running around the house screaming from excitement.  His reactions to gifts are the best.  You can always tell if he likes something or not.  My girl got all new bedding and pillows to re-do her room.  She'd been wanting a more grown up style for a while and I knew that's what I wanted to get her and my husband kept questioning it since he really didn't get that bedding was a fun gift for a girl.  She loved it though and her new room looks beautiful!  She also got converse shoes, a Hollister hoodie and an Echo dot.  Yep, she's officially not a kid anymore with no toys for Christmas.
  
A couple days after Christmas my brother came to town after their "year of Disney" as we took to calling it, was over.  It was so fun to have them here and we got some beach time in and lots of sleepovers with the kids and fishing for the guys.  I hope they can come back next Christmas too!

Here are some of the many pics I took over the season!

We loved Busch Gardens at Christmas!  The lights were awesome and they had a really awesome show with the wise men telling the true story of Christmas.  That's fake snow in the top right pic.


Opening gifts.


Our tree had so many lights out this year and we added strands when we first put it up and then more went out so we just left it.  I still love our tree though and don't want a new one so we'll have to see if we can figure something out for next year.  So much for having a pre-lit tree.   Oh, and I just thought it was funny when I walked by our advent calendar one day after Christmas and noticed that one of my children had done an OCD version this year.


Horrible photo quality on all of these, but had to include them anyway.  Love my boy's face when he saw Cozmo.  We have a video too and it's so cute!


Love her new bedding!  It's so pretty!


I'm not usually one for robot type toys since they are usually forgotten about after the first few days, but Cozmo is really cute and he still plays with him.


I had to include these photos because they both make me laugh.  My boy wearing his Christmas socks he got from co-op with his flip flops and shorts in true Florida style. And my nephew posing with his emoji twin that his little sister bought him. We now call it the Ben emoji.  I love it!  :)


We got to see Grammy for a couple days before Christmas when she unexpectedly helped my brother drive to Disney because my sister-in-law threw out her back.  Grammy flew back to Ohio a couple days later but I'm glad we got to see her and find that fun beach sandman one day.  The other pics are from after Christmas when the cousins were in town.  My girl made that dog face out of seaweed.  She's so creative.


More beach shots.  My boy loves going to the beach when he has his cousin/bestie to play with there.


Gorgeous sunset.  Sometimes I still can't believe we live here!

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