Tuesday, May 26, 2015


We've never been big trip takers.  We started off our marriage with a short, three night honeymoon to a state park.  Since then, I can count on one hand the number of trips we've taken that didn't involve visiting family or friends, almost all of those while staying in their homes.

We completely splurged last week though.  We headed off to the beach in southern Alabama.  We looked at a few hotels, but due to our family's size there was only one place I could find that would allow us to stay there in the time frame we were looking at.  After seeing the price, I decided to look into renting a house.  For the same cost as that suite in the busy Pensacola area, we could rent a three bedroom house in a quieter place.  It did require putting down a nice sized deposit, but we cleaned up after ourselves and I've already been notified that the deposit is on its way back.  We also had the benefit of two bathrooms, a full kitchen and dining room table, plus beach things (beach towels, and folding chairs for our use, so we didn't have to pack them--a big deal with our itty bitty car and 6 people).  And the best part was our beach access was so very close.  We could have walked had it not been for the kids wearing themselves out in the water.  We only wanted to stay two nights, not sure how everyone would do and trying to limit our costs, and though many homes are only available by the week, we were able to find an accommodating place.  Anyway, I'd encourage families, especially larger ones, to look into this as a possible way to make your trip easier!

One of the side benefits of homeschooling is that we got to take our trip in the off season between the traditional spring breaks and summer vacations, so we spent our time on the beach with no one closer than shouting distance, if that, unless they were walking through.

 Cute little 'beach' house, though it wasn't directly on the beach.

 Our first night--it was so pretty and neat as a pin.

  Kate hung out as far out as we would let her get--riding the waves.

 Gabby hunted for shells and played in the water close to the shore.

 Nate built sand castles, ran the beach, and played in the shallows.

Ellie wasn't overly sure about the sand shifting under her feet with the waves, but she did like the 'giant sandbox.'

God really granted us a beautiful couple of days.  The weather was warm and the skies clear.

This is quite possibly my favorite picture of the trip!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Funnies

Kate: Ah, gum.  There are just so many wonderful memories with gum.

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At bedtime prayers...

Me: I'm thankful for my best friend.

Nate: Who's your best friend?

Me: Your Daddy.

Nate (a little huffily): Oh.

Me: Well, who did you think was my best friend?

Nate: Me.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015


For the past couple of weeks, Ellie has been waking up shortly after we go to bed sobbing.  Actually, not really waking up, more sobbing in her sleep.

When Kate was two, she went through a phase of night terrors.  They were textbook.  She screamed, wouldn't wake, and they were shortly after she went to bed.  We did some reading and started waking her with a cup of water to sip a few minutes before they usually began and in a few weeks she was past them.

Evidently Ellie has more in common with Kate than her curls.  I didn't originally associate her cries with night terrors because they are so much later in the evening, but as she shares a room with Nate, he may disturb her just enough when he comes to bed to push them later into the evening.  I got her up with a cup of water for a couple of nights, then I forgot one night, and she was up again.  So we're back to a sip of water at my bed time to head off the terrors.


The little man is 5 1/2 today!

1. What is your favorite color? orange
2. What is your favorite toy? crane
3. What is your favorite fruit? oranges
4. What is your favorite tv show? Rescue Bots
5. What is your favorite movie? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? batman shirt
7. What is your favorite animal? lions
8. What is your favorite song? The Truck Got Stuck
9. What is your favorite book? Diggerman
10. Who is your best friend? Cy
11. What is your favorite snack? chocolate
12. What is your favorite drink? lemon-aide
13. What is your favorite breakfast? Captain Crunch
14. What is your favorite lunch? peanut butter sandwiches and mac & cheese
15. What is your favorite dinner? pizza
16. What is your favorite game? Candyland
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? Rescue Bots
18. What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
19. What do you sleep with at night? bear-bear and tag blankie
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? digger man and a firefighter

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Happiest of Days

Happy birthday to my best friend, who wears many hats, literally and figuratively:

 Baby Holder

Dance Partner

Fun Organizer


We hope you have a great day!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

to all the Mama's who have cared for crying babies, held chubby, sticky hands, and walked through life with their little people.

 My Mama

My two grandmothers and Justin's maternal grandmother

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Funny

Kate: If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

Nate: At the space center!  I would go into space with the first monkey and take care of it.