Friday, August 19, 2016

Abby's First Day of Kindergarten

She did NOT want to stop and take a picture when she saw her friends walking up to the bus-stop already! 

I was proud of her for attempting a smile and being patient when she REALLY wanted to run up there!

Kate modeling on our way up, to see the school-girl off!

Abby waiting patiently for the bus to come with all the other kids.

She's been looking forward to this day since she was about 3 years-old!

Abby and Jocey

Hugging her bestie/sister good-bye!

Here it comes!

See ya!

She couldn't wait.

 

Bye Abby!!!

My 2 littles still at home!

They were like 30 minutes late dropping off this first day, but thankfully I had the heads up from my neighbor Misty that they'd be late. She loved it! She had homework her first day and her favorite pat was actually the bus! She has a great teacher, Mrs. Barrett, and she knows about 4 kids in her class! I wish I could've seen how she acted. I would guess she was bubbling out of her chair a bit- just so excited to be there.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hiking the subway!

Josh and I had been talking about hiking the subway for about 8 years now.  We celebrated our anniversary on Tuesday and we were finally able to go! Thank you Jason for drawing out a permit! I was so excited I could hardly sleep, but we woke up early and left our house about 6:45 am,  and had a ball!




Josh's ankle did well!



Best anniversary ever! We hiked through white beachy sand intermixed with pine trees, swam through pools, rappelled down a stone wall, shivered from the cold, got to "the subway" (first photo), ate lunch, hiked down through a rocky river bed for a LONG time, then finally did a real HIKE up the mountain in the heat! That's when I broke out the sour patch watermelons and my icy waterbottle was ready for my drinking, and life was grand! I loved this day sooooo much. 

Hiking the subway!

Josh and I had been talking about hiking the subway for about 8 years now.  We celebrated our anniversary on Tuesday and we were finally able to go! Thank you Jason for drawing out a permit! I was so excited I could hardly sleep, but we woke up early and left our house about 6:45 am,  and had a ball!




Josh's ankle did well!



Best anniversary ever! We hiked through white beachy sand intermixed with pine trees, swam through pools, rappelled down a stone wall, shivered from the cold, got to "the subway" (first photo), ate lunch, hiked down through a rocky river bed for a LONG time, then finally did a real HIKE up the mountain in the heat! That's when I broke out the sour patch watermelons and my icy waterbottle was ready for my drinking, and life was grand! I loved this day sooooo much. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Lemonade Stand

Abby had been asking to do a lemonade stand for weeks and he day finally arrived that we were ready to do it,
first thing in the morning before it got REALLY hot. 

She had 2 great helpers out there- Kate and her friend Kennedy (didn't get photos til after she'd left!) 


She must take after me! I used to Love doing lemonade stands when I was about 10 actually-
we had a club and me and my friends would walk to Albertsons and buy soda and candy and sell it on the corner! 
Also had to throw a few pics of the cutest chicks to ever hatch on my front door! We noticed a nest one day and looked inside to find 4 blue eggs! I could hear them chirping one day and we got so see them all new-born-y! My heart melted for a couple of days everytime I heard them chirping. They would stick their beaks out like this anytime they sensed movement.
Here's the first little robin to fly off on his own. Within a matter of a couple weeks- they all left the nest! It was a fun little thing and I loved them more than I've ever loved an animal before! 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cruising the Caribbean, part 1

Josh REALLY loves to go on big-deal vacations. I'm more like, "How bout we go to California!" ...Well- I am so glad we got this cruise going because it was such a rich experience. 
We booked the cruise for January, but Josh actually broke his ankle and would've been on crutches, so we luckily had some awesome understanding friends and we all decided to postpone it. We left at midnight on April 15- tax day! Josh says next year he wants to get a week of time in with our kids before we take off and leave them. I loved being able to "adjust" to him being around more on a couples only vaca!!! 
We left the girls with my mom at our house and I was feeling anxious until the plane left- for good reason- we barely made it in time! lol- we considered stopping at Wendy's... but looking back- we would've missed our flight... so yeah- good thing we ate the most delicious Quiznos ever inside the airport and boarded!
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Puerto Rico: Departure city

 We used this shady hotel bag-hold thing that made us a little nervous, but we got to play at the beach before we checked into the ship (Adventure of the Seas). We rented kayaks and saw a matinee and an awesome little lagoon! All worked out though, we got our bags, and started headed toward the ship and there was a bridge and so naturally- Josh and Lance had to jump off it :) We took the pics.
Puerto Rican boys cheered for the hubbies when they'd jump off. We felt pretty cool- til one of them flipped us off. Immature little guys. 
We decided to walk to the boat from the beach we were at... It looked so close! But it wasn't. I narrowly escaped Then there were long lines, ya know? We were beat, but quickly recovered with a little AC and rest before the emergency drill.

Our first night we went down to eat dinner and they showed us to a table with like 5 other couples and 2 seats left... There is 4 in our party, so we had them find us another spot. Maybe it was meant to be? We loved this couple from Ohio- we had such fun conversations with them every night.

St Thomas:
We slept IN!!! We left the boat around like lunchtime and decided to rent a car- which we were so happy we did. We got to go all over the island and discovered a little spot on the peninsula that made the day really amazing for me. This is me and Chrissy on the way to the beach. (Chrissy and I met at Dixie- we were roommates the year Josh dumped me--- so glad he did- we are besties and prob wouldn't be near as close if we woulda gotten married).

We got a chance to tell our love stories as we drove around-- Love this guy and I happen to love our
 love story too!

Magen's Bay. We walked, and talked, and had a delish gyro! We decided to treat it like a Sabbath still as much as we could and it was a really fun day.

This is the spot on the peninsula that I thought was pretty breathtaking! #rentalcarforthewin!

Isn't my friend cute? I took this photo and I felt so skilled- but really their work camera is just really amazing. She has this really awesome site: check it out! hellothankful.com it was SOOO fun to get a chance to talk with her for a whole week with no rush about her passions and have someone that's interested in mine too!

So then we did some yoga in the breeze. One of my favorite activities from the whole week. It just felt so right. lol- call us weird- I don't even care.

Friday, May 27, 2016

the mom blog...

I've been working with 4 other moms on this other blog, and it has been really a fun project for me. We are still trying to get more exposure, but we think there is some really awesome, helpful content on there so I thought I'd mention a few of my fave posts thus far for any that are interested! Thanks for looking :)

http://mommyconvos.com/one-on-one-special-time-with-your-kids/ so helpful for me and my kids.
http://mommyconvos.com/empowering-confidence-parenting-three/ so great!
http://mommyconvos.com/elevate-vibe-part-5-jealousy/ so needed.
http://mommyconvos.com/five-fs-need-postpartum/ :)
http://mommyconvos.com/raising-future-rulers/ bestie ashley!
http://mommyconvos.com/5-killer-tips-help-mommy-keep-track-stuff/ by me!
http://mommyconvos.com/93-year-old-writers-wisdom-on-your-time-and-season/ sweet neighbor
http://mommyconvos.com/friday-favorites-kids-quotes/ this is where it all began.
http://mommyconvos.com/one-bedtime-trick-that-rocks/ a fave, for sure!
http://mommyconvos.com/6-quirks-love-dream-home/ feeling a little vulnerable putting myself about there.
http://mommyconvos.com/2-keys-to-your-ideal-physique/ exciting stuff.