Folks are getting travel dates–I hope we get ours soon! I’m getting a little crazy, so I thought I would make an effort to focus on what I’m thankful for. Ya know, instead of obsessing about the wait. At least for a minute. (I’m trying, really.)  So, this is a short list…

my very creative Caleb

Jacob, the truth teller

Sean, the thinker

summer time

my family

friends scattered around

my sweet/feisty little daughter in Korea



Coke (not diet, it’s bad for you)

elephant ears (the plant AND the fair food!)


the end.


Summer Was Way Too Fast

This summer, we

Saw Jordan graduate:) Cannot believe that…  (proud aunt here)

Went to PERU!! It was amazing! Sean paraglided-we watched. We ate LOTS of fries.  Lots.

Went to the beach for 1/2 day, but I pretended like it was a whole week!

The boys spent a week with the grandparents and played with cousins. Lots of fun!! (tired grands…)

Planted 2 tomato plants which have yielded, so far, 7 cherry tomatoes.  And a squash plant that died. And another flower that died, but don’t tell my Mama because she gave it to me.

Had a visit from some Mobile family….always nice! Walked on Beale….feet were not 10 feet off of it, but still.  (kudos if you get that)

Saw a few movies.  Read a few books.

Bought some girl stuff🙂

I went to NY. Saw Evan in his element. Thanks, V, for the invite–we were thisclose to Niagara Falls!!;)  Super proud aunt.

Then school started. It was fun while it lasted!

Easy Living


There’s 104 days of summer vacation….

Does anyone else love the Phineas and Ferb theme song? We do, but my kids were sorely disappointed to realize they did not actually have that many days off for summer! Bummer! School starts back in less than a month. Geez…that was fast.

Daycamp, a few movies, lots of late nights, and a week with the grandparents has been about the extent of this summer break.  Nothing too exciting. And they have loved it! We have learned along the way that busier does not always means better.  It’s nice to take a minute to breathe every now and then!  But, if you’re running into more “Mom, I’m booorrred” days than you like, maybe you could

go on a nature walk, or a bike ride, to the library, to an airshow (Blue Angels if you’re near Pensacola), to an art museum….a lot have kids’ programs during the summer, play under the water hose–remember that? make ice cream, camp out in the living room, eat a watermelon then see who can spit the seeds the farthest, make playdoh…

I am looking down my hall where there is now an obstacle course made out of string. Tomorrow, I think we will go to the park. But not too early…..I’m sleeping in!

Happy Summer, y’all!

Lazy, crazy, hazy days of Summer

I would live at the beach if I could. Seriously. In a hut.  Well, maybe not a hut, but still. However, that would not bode well for our family. Instead, I steal a few hours of beach-ness anytime I can. 

I should clarify that when I say beach, I mean beach with white SAND.  I cannot handle lakes. Unless I can get in a boat. Ohmywordno. Apparently, I have some sensory issues of my own.  I have to know what I’m stepping on.

4 hours this weekend. That’s all, but it was awesome! I LOVE summer, the sun, the 100 degree days. Who knows why? I grew up in Mobile, where it’s hot, humid and home to mosquitoes.  You would think I would rather live in Alaska.  But no….give me sunburns, sweaty kids and the sound of waves any day. 

Speaking of sunburns, my poor son needs a better mom.  His face was glowing by the end of our little beach excursion.  Fortunately, he tans better than I do. He was nice and brown by the next day. So what’s worse?  A little sunburn or blocking every bit of Vitamin D the sun has to offer with SPF 90?

I’m one of those people who wilt a little in the winter. I miss the sunshine so much. So I soak up every drop I can, whenever I can. 

Sitting in the sun for a few hours is good therapy for me.  (As is reading a good book!)Image What’s yours?