Santa :: 2021

The boys got to visit with Santa at the beginning of December, and boy were they excited!  Remy has asked for a real life dinosaur and Bennett asked for a clone of himself… not sure how they will feel on Christmas Day when neither of those things are produced from under the tree, but cheers to Santa anyway!

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Special thanks to Laura Gattis for always capturing the sweetest moments of my children in their purest form.

 

 

 


Washington :: June 2021

 

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Back in the summer, we took a family trip to Washington state to experience a bit of the Pacific Northwest.  I had never been to Washington before and once I started researching the area, my excitement to see all there was to offer rose & I couldn’t wait to get there!  It was an incredible trip, especially with the kids.  Everything is about being outdoors, seeing all of the sights, boating, eating, the weather was beautiful most of the week except for maybe a light drizzle here and there. We spent 4 days in the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, specifically the Roche Harbor Resort which was amazing.  There are restaurants on property, a “heated” pool (kinda- not according to these Florida boys who like bath water pools, but there were plenty of Canadian kids in it enjoying it), beautiful views, and even a sculpture garden!

We rented a boat one of the days to go out and visit the other islands, Orcas Island was absolutely out of a fairy tale.  So beautiful and quaint.  I have a video of the boys playing in a grass Labyrinth that was surrounding a flag pole which overlooked the views of the water, and all you hear is their sweet laughter and small birds chirping  in the wind, like something out of Disney, seriously.  Like, is this real life?

The latter part of our trip was spent navigating the ferry system (Ha ha ha!) and getting over to Olympic National Park.  We had a few guided tours to explore the tide pools and visit the Hoh Rainforest, highly recommend both!  The boys went crazy touching all the creatures in the pools, learning all about sea anemones and the tides, they loved climbing the rocky terrain, and while we were at the rainforest, we were greeted by a mama bear and 2 cubs!!!!!!  I was distraught, but the kids were so fascinated.  Literally, mama and babies came out from behind a large bush while we were walking the trail, were within 15-20 ft from us and she and babies went directly to a huge tree behind us and started climbing so fast and high… my heart was racing, but it was incredible to see and experience.

Our last night was spent in Seattle, which I didn’t love, but we did go to the aquarium and the famous market which was entertaining for the final hoo-rah, but no need to stay there longer in my opinion… until they clean it up a bit…

Looking back at this trip, it’s been months since we did this one, it was probably one of our best trips to date.  There was so much adventure and excitement the whole time!  Definitely loved (almost) every minute of it ;). 

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A Southwestern Celebration :: Decade Anniversary

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A long overdue post… again.

Husband and I celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary in April, yes, April… and it was amazing!  We really made up for the loss of not taking last year’s trip by going out west and enjoying the Zion/ Utah scenery!  We stayed one night at Under Canvas Zion.  It was a true glamping experience i.e. canvas tent, wood fire stove to keep you warm, zero electricity, gorgeous views (see above), but the “glam” part- running water (toilet and shower) woo hoo!  Some tents had this option, some did not.  It was an experience for sure!  I’m not a good camping buddy, so this was a challenge for me- I hate being cold and as soon as the wood fire went out at like 2 a.m. I was over it.  I also enjoy hot steamy showers and this was just never going to happen with a canvas tent letting all the warm air out :(. The views and food made up for all of this, and it was only one night, so we got through it.  I’m sure Bennett & Remy would have loved this.

The first full day we were there we hiked our first slot canyon with a local guide.  It was awesome!  Then we moved on to Zion National Park- did a quick hike for the incredible view of the canyon, then moved on to the resort I knew I would never ever ever ever ever want to leave, Amangiri

Now this was what I had in mind when celebrating my TEN YEAR wedding anniversary.  It was magical.  I’m not really going to elaborate on it, just know that if you go, everything will be handled, all luxuries in your head will be real, and prepare to be catered to the bougiest extreme.  We did a day on Lake Powell- again- magical.  Lots of slot canyons, my favorite was Labyrinth Canyon :)

I love these adventures that Husband & I choose to go on together.  It’s so fun to road trip together, jamming out to our favorite songs and laughing about all of life’s ups and downs that we have made it through so far… We talk about our babies WAY too much, but definitely had the best uninterrupted conversations about how wonderful life is right now.  Can’t wait to see what the next ten years hold for us, my love!  I’m so glad you’re my person.