Sunday, April 20, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

Continuing my trend of catching up the blog from a few months ago, I can't forget to blog about John Michael's first day of school!  We have the unique opportunity to do a classical education Christian school model in our area.  We have prayed about this for a few years and just really felt that this was the place for our kids.  Because it's a mix of home school/regular school, I really wasn't all that sad about John Michael heading to kindergarten.  If he was leaving me for 5 full days a week, I probably would have been a basket case!  I was really excited for him to begin this awesome new journey!

The morning-of we woke up super early and had breakfast as a family and then headed to school so that we could drop him off and say goodbye!

Be still, my heart!

He looks a little dazed?!  We said our goodbyes, I reluctantly left the room, took one last look back, and left.  I think I did pretty well!  I still can't believe all those hard years of raising little ones just passed so quickly and now it's time for school.

After we dropped brother at school, Matthew went to meet his preschool teacher and see his room that he would be in for 3 year old preschool.  He knew Mrs. Brooke very well, so he was happy to go see her and check out his room!

For a fun treat, we went to Waffle House for lunch, because....well, life is short and sometimes you just need to say YES to waffles for lunch!

It was a long day waiting for brother to get out of his first day of school.  I learned a little about navigating the school pick up line too!

For an after school treat we stopped by our favorite cupcake shop to celebrate our first day of school!  John Michael had a great first day!  Now that the school year is almost over, I cannot say enough great things about his kindergarten year.  I have loved his precious teacher, the school, the sweet days we get to spend together as a family doing home school work, and the sheer amount of amazing things that he is doing now! It has been a great fit for our family! I can't believe his first year of school is almost over!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wrapping Up Summer

Yes, I am blogging from August, but I'm a little busy!  After Jordan and I got back from the beach I knew we only had a few short weeks left to really hold onto summer, and if I was being truthful with myself, to hold onto my baby as he starting kindergarten.  It made me realize that the saying of "the days are long but the years are short" is so very true.  It just broke my heart that 5 years seemed so long at times, but it passed so very quickly.  Five years, gone in a flash.

I wanted to make our last little bit of summer really fun, so we did a lot of fun things....

A random Krispy Kreme breakfast surprise....

Library outings...

Trips to the park to throw rocks and look for crawfish.  This picture of them just kills me!  I love them so much!

Walks on the trails....

Picnic lunches at Crystal Bridges....

Speaking of Crystal Bridges museum, John Michael accidentally touched one of the paintings and I thought we were going to be in trouble as one of the workers approached us.  I was pleasantly surprised when she brought all 3 boys a coloring books and crayons.  I was shocked that they all sat on a bench and colored until their books were full!

We tried to get in as much swimming as we could...

We took a trip to Silver Dollar City and discovered that Noah had grown enough to ride the little kid rides now!  He was seriously so proud of himself!

He's a big kid now!

It was hot but we had a really fun day!

Before summer was over, Matthew moved out of the little kid Sunday School area and into chapel for church.  He's now in there with big brother!

We also squeezed in one last trip to the splash pad!

And just like that, summer was over! I know they may not remember all the fun things we did, but I know I surely will treasure all these days with my babies.   Next up, sending my first baby off to Kindergarten!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sanibel Island Part 2

While at the beach, we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary with a relaxing day and then a night out at a nice restaurant. We ate really early and just enjoyed our meal and sat and talked.  It was a great way to spend an anniversary!  We are so blessed to have each other and our beautiful boys and I never want to take it for granted. 

Did I mention that we rented a convertible?  We popped the top down and just rode around the island, looked at houses and all the beautiful scenery! No room for car seats back there, huh?!

We loved walking around and digging for all the beautiful shells.  When you really look very closely, you can see all the tiny, intricate details.  The whole time at the beach I just kept thinking about the beauty of God's creation....the tiny shells, the hypnotic crash of the waves, the salt, the clouds and sunset.  I love being reminded that HE made it all!

One place that we went back to from last year was The Island Cow.  It usually has a pretty long wait and this night was no different.  It's a fun, loud, great place to eat!


Our very last night we took the advice of some nice folks that we met that have been coming to Sanibel for 30 years and we went to a restaurant called The Timbers.  It was THE best restaurant that we have eaten at!  If you go to Sanibel, make sure you eat there.  I was sad that we ate there for our last night because I wanted to come back again the next night!

And, pretty much the most epic sign at a random antique store on the island....  Interesting?!

Goodbye, Sanibel!  It was a fantastic week to relax, reconnect and enjoy celebrating our wedding anniversary.  I have no idea if we'll come back again one day or try new and different places another year?  Either way, it was a very beautiful, quiet, and relaxing place to vacation!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Alone Beach Vacation to Sanibel Island!

So, way back in August, we lined up family to take our kids for a whole week and we went on a solo vacation to Sanibel Island for our 7th anniversary!  We've only left the kids one other time and I pretty much hate it, buuuuut I do realize our marriage is way more important than being sad to leave our kids for one week out of the year.  We went to Sanibel for the first time last year with the kids but this year it just worked out for us to go by ourselves.  I have to admit, I was kind of excited!  I had a whole stack of library books and I was determined to get good and tan and read some books that weren't "Goodnight Moon"!

This year we flew straight into Fort Myers instead of Orlando.  This was so much easier since the drive to Sanibel is pretty short from Fort Myers.

We are kid free in Florida by ourselves!!

I love the drive over the giant bridge into Sanibel.  This sunset greeted us as we drove onto the island!

We were greeted by a fantastically beautiful day when we awoke the next morning.  We had grabbed groceries in Fort Myers, so we just had breakfast in our room.  I love the long boardwalks with thick vegetation that lead to the beach on Sanibel.  Did I mention I love the island?!

Just beautiful!

Since this was our second year on the island, we felt like we knew a little more about where to go and where to eat.  This night out we ate at The Green Flash on Captiva and it was pretty yummy!

We knew from last year that you definitely have to drive to the tip of Captiva to watch a beautiful sunset!  It didn't disappoint this year.  It's just absolutely beautiful!  I loved watching it. 

If you didn't know, the islands are covered in bike paths and people are just out everywhere on their bikes.  We had bikes that came with our room, so we took advantage of it and biked to breakfast!  We stopped at a little store and grabbed a few breakfast to-go items and then biked to the lighthouse.  

We literally wanted to keep pinching ourselves because we had no kids in tow!  It's like we didn't know what to do with ourselves without hauling kids around or taking care of their every need.  It was fun biking around, just the 2 of us!

I cannot even tell you how hot it was in August after we stayed at the beach for just a little bit.  I thought we were melting!

We always come back home with THE most amazing shells!  We both grew up going to Gulf Shores or Panama City, so finding the beach just totally covered in shells was a new experience for us.  It's very different than the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, but it's neat and interesting in its own way.

Aren't the shells amazing?!  More to come.....

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Family and More Family

There are even more July pictures left to post!  I'm very slowly getting everything blogged and pushing my way through our summer pictures!

Toward the end of our big trip my cousin drove over from Mississippi for a visit and we persuaded her to come down to our house for a day so I could meet her new baby girl and so the boys could play with their cousin!

Here is sweet Millie, the world's sweetest and most calm baby!  Noah was pretty interested in her, so that's a good sign, right?!  Do I look natural holding a baby girl?!

We sat around and had a huge family lunch together.  My aunts came down and brought food, desserts and mom cooked as well.  I made some homemade ice cream and it just made for a perfect family gathering!  We really enjoy getting to spend time with family because we just don't get to do it too often.

It's fun to have an uncle to play swords with you!

All of the second cousins!  I love this picture of my 3 boys and her 2 girls!

We were fortunate to have my grandparents come up to visit.  The boys are so fortunate to have great-grandparents they can visit and play with.  We don't get to see our family often enough!

Jordan and I got in a date night to a fun sushi place with some old high school friends who are married and live in Boston now!  We realize we are getting so, so old!

All good things must come to an end and our long trip back home needed to come to an end..  We were ready to get back to our beds, our schedules, and VBS was awaiting us when we got back home!

On the road again!  3 boys, 1 white dog in my lap, massive amounts of diapers, drinks, and toys, and 12 hours ahead of us on the road.  Let's hit the road!

The drive back home is always beautiful!

We took a day to rest and recover then jumped right into VBS at our church.  John Michael loved VBS last year and he just loved it again this year.  I usually work in crafts and I enjoy seeing the kids all week.  It's always a fun and tiring week.

All in all, it was a great trip but we were definitely ready to get back home!