Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another Beach trip

Mark and I took the kids to St. George last weekend to visit Uncle Cody, Melanie and Yaya. We were a little worried because it rained off and on the whole way to the island but by the time that we got there the rain cleared up and it was just overcast enough that we were able to play and have fun without the scorching summer heat. We mostly played in the sand. Because there was a tropical storm way out in the middle of somewhere the water was extremely rough and full of seaweed. Taylor of course loves the adventure and Aiden like me could do without the seaweed. We stuck close to the beach.

St. George is a special place to me. Growing up it is where I spent a lot of my summer time. I have a lot of memories associated with this place. I crave it. I miss it. It is where Mark took me and proposed. It frightens me that this place that I knew so very well as a child might not be as beautiful as it once was because of the current oil spilling into the Gulf on a daily basis. I think I have written about this before but it truly hurts my heart to think about the gorgeous land, animals, fishermen, and future memories. So...we go when we can.

Fourth of July 2010

This fourth of July we once again spent in style with our great group of friends at Northwoods. We have started somewhat of a little tradition. There is such a wonderful family atmosphere here and the kids have so much fun. The Rutherford family came over for dinner before and then we hit the road. When we got there the kids played, and Mark and I got to hang out with the grown ups. The kids loved the fireworks. Taylor kept repeating over and over again "Fireworks go BOOM!", and insisted that her Daddy hold her ears. We were home by eleven and even managed to keep the kids awake so that we could bathe them when we got home, and read a story. We can mark this in the books for a successful trip!

No Florida summer celebration is ever complete without a sno-cone.....or a afternoon rain shower. Thanks Laura for the straw mats. FYI- they leak ;-)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Down on the Farm

We had an early fourth of july cookout with our sweet Holland friends. They kids swam, ate, and then we took them for a ride around the farm. They had fun. We saw deer along the way and this cute little snake that was 2-3 feet away from me. Yikes! Lennon fell asleep on the way and while I was going to take a picture of her, I looked down to find this little guy. Jumped back in the kuboto super fast. We shot off the fireworks in the field and the kids ran and played and jumped. I remember thinking, this is the perfect summer evening. AMy looked at me at one point and said "We are living our dream." We are.

June 2010

In June the kids and I went with YaYa to our annual blueberry picking place. We have gone
here for 2 years and to one other place when Taylor was itty bitty. This year the kids actually put more in the buckets than they ate. It wasn't as hot this year and we were able to enjoy the day more. We picked about six pounds and have gotten to make a tasty blueberry cobbler with our find.

We have officially entered into the "I do it myself" phase with Taylor. She is so much more independent and headstrong than Aiden ever was at this age. There is not reasoning with her when she decides that she wants to do something. I am sure that one day this will be a very charming quality, but when you are in a hurry to go somewhere and she wants to dress herself, or pick out her clothes, or shoes, or bow it really tests my patience.

Amy came over and got to have some quality time with Amy. Taylors hair is growing so much it is fun to play with it and dress it up with some really cute little bows. More on that later...

The kids LOVE to play with Daddy. Some days I feel like chopped liver. When Mark comes home the kids go running and screaming DAAAAADDDYYY!!!!

The kids have even caught the creative bug and have spent lots of time painting and coloring. Aiden loves to write his name and has fun tracing letters and shaped. Taylor...well..she loves to make a mess!

Aiden and Taylor can fight and scream like cats and dogs but MOST of the time they are pals. They love seeing eachother and playing together. They are partners in crime!