Friday, July 21, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 28 & 29 ~

We've had a busy couple of weeks with lots of summer fun crammed in.  Last week our church had it's VBS which my kids were finally able to attend for the first time because we are usually in Ohio for church camp but we opted to skip this year.  My girl especially loved being a volunteer at VBS and getting so see all the pastors dressed up as superheroes was pretty entertaining.  I'm glad that our church does such a good job at presenting the gospel and not skimping on the important terms like justification and redemption.  It was a fun week for me too since I got to spend some time having coffee and brunch with friends while the kids were busy.  We also enjoyed last Wednesday being the day of free things with us getting free Chic-Fil-A for dressing up like cows and free slurpies from 7-11 for it being 7/11.  We maximized our freebies by going to Chic-Fil-A twice in one day.  What can I say, we like free stuff. :)  

This week my girl tried a new hip-hop dance class which she loved and will definitely go back to.  We went swimming with friends and both of my kids had sleepovers which my boy was especially excited about since he made a new friend recently and they have really hit it off.  We went to another free movie at the mall (free is a trend this summer) and hung out at home the rest of the time.  Most of the kids around here are starting school on August 10th and I can't believe how soon that is!  I'm thinking we will wait til after Labor Day again.  I am just not ready!  And the kids definitely aren't either, shocker.

My boy has been busy playing with Lego a lot this summer and he made a really awesome hot dog restaurant that I took some photos of the other day so that I can submit it to the Lego magazine.  I also took some photos of the kids at our friend's house when we were swimming.  Here are my favs!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Week 27 ~

My boy and I had a little one on one time this morning.  He has been cutting his Grammy's grass and earning money so we took his check to the bank first and cashed it.  When we were at the mall last week with his sister he saw a kiosk that sold fidget spinners so he had been thinking about getting one ever since.  Last night I told him I'd take him to get one today and he was so happy.  He's never been happy about going to the mall before, but we went to the Lego store and Brookstone and the fidget spinner kiosk.  Perfect mall trip for a 10 year old boy!  He got a deal from the guy at the kiosk who gave him two spinners for the price of one.  He was so happy that he told me he just couldn't stop smiling.  I love that he's learning about hard work and that he got to see the fruits of his labor today.  I love spending time with my boy and I love that he still will hold my hand at the mall and he even gave me a random hug there too.  I'm one lucky mama.  Here are some pics of my boy and his new toys!

 He got a very unique spinner that kinda looks like a wheel.  It's funny that in all the pics of it you can't really tell that it's spinning but it actually was.

He also got one that lights up so we had some fun taking pics of it in the dark.

I love this sweet boy so much!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Teenagers get a bad rap.  Before I had a teenager I would listen to other mom's complain about their teens and it would honestly make me so sad and slightly terrified about my kids growing up.  Now that I have a teen I'm sure I do my fair share of complaining with my mom friends about the new challenges of raising kids in this stage of life, but if I ever get to the point of scaring my friends who aren't in this stage yet, please let me know.  Because here's the's really not that bad.  It's actually kind of awesome.  My girl is one of the funniest, coolest, most honest and sweet people to be around.  And she's one of my best friends.  I used to always think it was weird when parents would say stuff like that, and I would think maybe they didn't understand the parent child relationship correctly, and in my all knowing, not there yet parenting wisdom, I would kinda judge them.  Not unlike how I'd judge parents of toddlers well before I even thought about having children.  What can I say, I'm still a work in progress!  All that to say that I love being the mom of a teenager.  I still can't believe I'm old enough to say that.  Even in it's sometimes maddening moments of eye rolling, sighing, and embarrassment, it's a very cool thing to be talking about more grown up topics and learning so much more about who this awesome person is that is somehow suddenly capable of doing so many things without you.  So when they still need your advice and your hugs and more than anything, just your presence, it's that much sweeter.  

My girl is my baby, my friend, my muse.  I love her sense of humor, her artistic side, her love of dance.  I love that she is a bookworm like her momma and that she likes to listen to music all day long.  I love her long legs and her long hair, her big blue eyes and her beautiful smile.  I love that she loves to draw and paint and write.  She's smart, she's hilarious, she's a good friend and she loves Jesus.  I mean, what more could any mom ask for?  I just pray that we stay friends and that I have many more years to enjoy her love.  

I took her out for a photo shoot way back in March for her yearly photos.  I shared some of my favorites already here.  I had a ton of favorites though so here are the rest!  And if you are interested you can see her previous shoots from when she was twelve, eleven, ten, nine, eight, and seven.  

This is my favorite. :)

Love this one too.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Week 26 ~

The library is one of our favorite places.  Actually it's one of my favorite places and one of my girl's favorite places.  My boy is not so much of a fan, but that's okay.  I'm sure it's building character every time I drag him someplace he doesn't want to go, right?  I do kinda feel bad though now that I think about it because this week I also dragged him to the mall with his sister and some friends of ours who just have girls.  He was very patient with our shopping though and I did take him to the Lego store at the end.  It's good practice for when he's married.  :)  

This morning we headed to the library and I grabbed my camera on the way out the door thinking I might want to snap some shots for Photo Friday.  I am so back in the groove now!  I needed to talk to the librarian about a book that they said we had water damaged so we went to the Safety Harbor library which isn't one we usually go to.  I got it all straightened out and my fine was erased (yay!) while my girl browsed the teen section and my boy sat in a chair looking bored.  No pics of him today.  We did find out that they have a great selection of DVD's so we got a bunch so we can veg out and watch movies on some of these hot summer afternoons when we don't want to go outside.  After my girl selected her books we walked over to the more deserted adult section for some quick photos.  It was so fun and she was in a great mood because she was at one of her favorite places.  Here are my favorites!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Week 25 ~

This week was packed with fun things starting with going to the free movie at the Regal.  My kids are really too old for a lot of the movies they play, but I went through all the lists the other day and I think I wrote down 3 different ones on my calendar out of the three different theaters near us.  I went on a free things to do kick the other day and found a ton of stuff that is cheap to do this summer, so hopefully we will get to do a bunch of it.  My girl had a sleepover with a friend two different days, and we did a beach day with friends at Honeymoon Island where the waves were huge and we got Publix subs and a seagull stole a chip right out of my hand.  We headed to my mom's house one day as a family and we got to enjoy her pool.  My girl and I got to go on a bike ride to the candy shop and have a little girl time that day too.  I am finally getting into the swing of Photo Friday (only took me half the year!) and I brought my camera that day to get some pics.  Here are my favorites!  

At the candy store perusing the options.

This girl has totally got the teenager scowl down...but I much prefer her sweet smile!

We rode our bikes to the park with her candy and soda where we enjoyed a lovely chat, took a bunch of selfies together, and I told her she looked like a Fanta ad so she played along.

Before we moved to Florida I don't think I'd ever seen frangipani before, but now they are my favorite flower.  My mom has a tree (bush?) in her yard and it had never bloomed before until this summer.  Now every time we go there are more gorgeous flowers.  Usually they are white with yellow centers but I like these pink ones too.

My girl and her daddy.  They love it when he gets in the pool with them and plays all kinds of crazy games and I lay on my float and try not to get splashed. :)

Have a great week!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 23 & 24

It's summer and that means lots of lazy days around here which is exactly what I love about summer! I think the older my kids get the less lazy days there are.  I had a moment the other day while driving kids to and from their friends' houses and activities where I seriously felt like a taxi.  I don't think I've experienced it to that extent yet and it's like I had a flash of what my future will be like for the next few years, so I'm trying to embrace the lazy days when they come.  

It's the rainy season in Florida now, so the other day my boy decided to go play in the rain.  When it rains hard a little creek forms in our parking lot and flows down to a drain so he loves to play out there and stomp around in the puddles.  We found an old poncho that is so funny looking, it's like a coat.  It kept him dry though and he wore his sister's old purple boots.  I actually went outside and took photos for this post and I was pretty proud of myself for remembering!

The other day my girl built this epic fort in her room and it was huge and she had her fairy lights strung up in it and it was just magical.  She invited her little bro to sleepover in it since it encompassed her bed and was big enough to fit the air mattress too.  I love that she still has her moments of sweetness towards him because he just adores her so much.  The sweet moments are fewer and farther between but they are learning a new way of friendship now that they are older and while I know that their friendship will change as they age, I can tell that they will be lifelong friends just like my brother and I.  It is a comforting thought for this momma.

My dancer had another dance showcase for her ballroom class and it was so good!  There is a boy in her class now which I think is great since she can actually practice her dances with him instead of always having to take turns leading with the other girls.  She is getting really good at the dances.  They had some open dancing at the end of the night some of the other students from the other classes (all of them are older men and ladies and they are so sweet to the teens) asked her to dance and she caught on so quick and knew all the steps.  I'm so proud of her!

That's all for this week!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Photo Friday 2017 ~ Weeks 20, 21, & 22

We had a great time in Ohio meeting my new nephew and catching up with family and friends.  I did a bunch of photo shoots while I was there and it went so fast because it felt like we were scheduled every second of the day.  It got confusing keeping track of where to take each kid and where I needed to be so that everyone got to see all the friends that they wanted to, but we got it all in and it was fun! My nephew is adorable and my nieces are growing up way too fast.  I sometimes wish we lived closer.  Actually I just wish they all lived closer to us because I am never leaving Florida.  ;)

Since we've been back we've just been trying to enjoy summer while I finish editing all the photos I took.  We've had a few beach days and a morning at the pool and my girl has already had a sleepover with friends.  It's looking like it's gonna be a great summer but I already know it's going to go by in a blink!  

This morning we had nothing planned for the day and I saw on Facebook that it is National Donut Day so we decided to drive to Krispy Kreme for free donuts.  It's like a 20 minute drive, but nothing says summer to me like wasting time on something totally impractical and unplanned, but totally fun! 

Here are a couple photos I took today and some of the cute photos I got of my nieces and nephew last week.  

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!


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