Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth

From this sweet little bunch of cuteness...


Friday, July 3, 2015

Cousins & Summer Time...

Just a sweet little memory of back porch, watermelon eating, Summer loving cousins this week...


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Flying....

So, the boys have gotten pretty good at flying. These short little 45 min flights home have made our journey so much easier! I guess threatening them with driving 'next time' if they act up in the airport or plane has made my sweet co-pilots pretty well-behaved little fliers.

Now, because I said that, we will most likely get escorted out of the airport next trip due to bad behavior :)






Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Sounds 2015


Every Summer, our sweet little town puts on three free concerts in our town square. Friday night it rained, but as you can see it didn't 'rain on our parade' and I had a blast listening to some good 'ole Restless Heart and dancing to The Bluest Eyes In Texas (while Micah sang his own version in my ear- The Brownest Eyes In Texas)!



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Swim Lessons...

Spring swim lessons ended several weeks ago. We have been enrolled in an amazing program for the past 2.5 years and it has been awesome. But... we were driving 1.5 hours each way, once a week, to get there. When we first started it only took 45 minutes but as we kept moving, we kept getting further away. So after the Spring session ended, I decided it would be our last... at least for the Summer.

Honestly, Remi can swim and there is no real need for him to continue at such an extensive level anyway. I might start Roen up again when Remi starts Kinder... we will see.

Anyways, Summer around here means being around pools all the time, so when the cute little college boy down the street started doing week long lessons, I decided to give it one more go for the Summer. The boys LOVE getting to ride their bikes to swim lessons now!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day 2015...

After church and lunch at Babe's (a family favorite) Micah spent the day out in his shop watching golf. These two little stinkers absolutely adore their daddy and think he is pretty much the smartest, strongest, coolest person alive.... I think I'll second that!

You never really know how much you love someone until you share children with them. Children bring out the best and worst in us all, but learning to love and live through it.... well that is what makes a family!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Married at 5....

The other afternoon, the boys, their girl friend and I were all enjoying the sun on our back porch. As we were talking about how everyone in our families has the same last name, marriage came up. Remi then informed us that he was going to marry Caroline and excitedly ran inside.

He came back with twist tie rings...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Beach Reads...

These are the two books I grabbed at the airport to read while on vacation.

Both of these books were extremely hard to put down. Bittersweet built and built and built and although, the ending was a bit unexpected I felt like the climax of the book was lacking compared to the anticipation. A Husband's Secret was great! I have read one other book by Liane Moriarty and it just happens to be one of my favorite books (What Alice Forgot). I just love the way she writes and intertwines the lives of so many people and relationships into one beautifully written web. Her work is like a masterpiece I savored throughout the whole book. A Husband's Secret was for sure the favorite of the two.

I will say, both of the books these books centered on some pretty unsettling stories... but then again, we all know I am a sucker for the creepy and taboo...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Paradise...

This Summer, we headed to the Caribbean. Turks & Cacios...the island of Providenciales to be more exact. Right in the heart of Grace Bay, I literally got to spend a whole week on one of the prettiest beaches in the world, just steps from our back porch. I took every opportunity I could to not only swim in our pool that overlooked the most breathtaking waters I've ever seen, but also indulge in hours of flopping around in the salt waters and sand like a brown-headed Ariel. In fact, I might have referred to myself as a 'real life' mermaid several times on this trip.

I can't really describe a place like this, but believe me, it took my breathe away and I felt like I had never really seen an ocean until a week ago. Because it was 'off season'- not lobster season- the island was a bit slower than normal which meant not many people had to witness my above said flipping and flopping around on the prettiest sand I have ever dug my feet into. Did I just say sand was pretty? Well, it kinda was. The way crunched seashells were mixed among sand so white I might have wanted to taste it... just once... let's just say I was in my own personal beach heaven. Sand, water, books, music, sleeping in, no kids, pink sunglasses.... it was all a bit surreal and now all I can do is look at these pictures and think how very blessed I am so have such an amazing man to do these little 'escapes' with.

Here is a little run down of our trip...

Day One:
We got up around 3:00, flew out at 5:30 and arrived a little after noon. We spent the day at the pool and had dinner at the local Conch Shack. I had Conch fritters and they were delicious!



This was our home for the week...







Day Two:
I slept in and then spent the whole day at the beach swimming, reading at the pool and just relaxing. For dinner we ate a place called SharkBite where I had some sort of fish burger.

Day Three:
This was my favorite day. We met up with Captain Lucky and Mate Darren who took us fishing on the reef first off. I caught two strawberry grouper and several other fish were caught including a HUGE nurse shark. After fishing, Darren dove down and caught four Conch off the ocean floor, which would be part of our lunch. After this, they took us to a small island, told us to relax and cooked the fish we caught and the Conch for our lunch. This was by far the best meal of the entire trip! After lunch, Darren taught us how to dance like they do on the island to none other than the Reggae version of George Straight's The Chair. After we had full bellies and danced our hearts out, we went snorkeling on the reef where we saw Angelfish, lobster and lots of underwater magic. We were so worn out by the time we got home that we ordered pizza for dinner!




See that little critter in there... we ate him... he was delicious!








These HUGE iguanas were running all over a little island (that was created by Hurricane Donna back in the 80's) we stopped to visit on the way home.

Day Four:
This was my best friend's birthday and all she wanted to do was relax..... so we spent the entire day soaking up the sun at our pool, snorkeling and kayaking on the beach, reading, listening to music and cooked steak, baked potatoes and salad for dinner. We even had birthday cake!



Day Five:
This was a very long day. We spent this day with Captian Leo and Mate Alex deep sea fishing. I can't remember all the fish that were caught, but I do remember that I caught a Barracuda! For lunch, we had fresh sushi from one of the fish we caught... best sushi I have ever had. I guess it doesn't really get any fresher than that!













Day Six:
Micah and I woke up, went parasailing and came back to the house for 90 min massages. For dinner we hit up a local place called Bugaloos. The food was awesome!






This was Huebert. He was our little taxi driver for the trip. The nicest, cutest person ever!!

Day Seven:
We did a little souvenir shopping, ate scrumptious burgers at Big Al's (mine had cheese, fried eggs and bacon...yumm), relaxed and had dinner at a little place on the beach before going to bed early for a long day of traveling home on day seven!







To the prettiest beach I have ever seen to date... it was awesome, it was a blast and I hope one day in the far future I might make my rounds back to Turks & Caicos!!! Until next time, you did us right!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Whew...

What a week!

Please excuse my absence for the past week, but I have been soaking up a little time in paradise (I will get to that later this week).

The week before we left the country, the boys had a busy week crammed with as many t-balls games as little 4, 5, and 6 year olds could handle. With the June heat upon us, our season ended up being a whole week of make-up games in hopes of avoiding sweltering in the heat.

Here are some pictures from the final games of the season...



















This season was the best one yet! Remi surprised me the most and really learned the game and ran after almost every ball. Roen almost always had a little smile on his face and had a blast playing ball with his big brother (there was only one time that Roen decided he didn't want to play and sat out for half a game)!

My heart is proud of these stinky, sweaty, ball playing boys... life with boys is pretty special :)