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A happy belated birthday party for my sweet boy, Bennett.  We had to reschedule his original party due to Bennett being sick and contagious, but we just postponed everything and it turned out great!  We had lots of family and friends there to help celebrate our THREE YEAR OLD!  He got to brush some goats, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet & milk a pregnant cow, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to ride a pony, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet a baby turkey, DID take a hay ride by tractor, and DID enjoy lots of cake!

It rained a bit but it actually worked out in our favor because being June in Florida, temps can be brutal.  The rain really cooled us off and brought a much appreciated breeze.  I think all the kiddos had a great time being farmers for the day!

Thank you, Old McMicky’s Farm for such a great venue for Bennett’s third birthday party, and for being so easy to work with to postpone last minute!  We can’t wait to visit again soon!

** Cake & cakepops were made by Sweet Tooth Cakery**

Iceland :: Southern & Eastern Region (Part Two)






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Glacier Lagoon

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More unknown locations that are just too amazing not to share...



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Renting a car and driving yourself around this country is the only way to do it.  You have the freedom to stop wherever you want, spend as much time as you want, doing whatever you want.  Everywhere you turn there are scenic spots for photo ops.   Also, I highly recommend renting a wifi adapter for your car because it saved us on multiple occasions where cell service was a little spotty.

Skogafoss waterfall was so impressive.  You can feel the spray of water hitting the ground from many yards away.  As you get closer you start to feel smaller and smaller as a human being against the expansiveness of it’s size.  We did climb the stairs to the top to admire the view.  It was worth the (what felt like) million flights of stairs to see all the beautiful greenery and livestock lounging.  From there we moved on to Svartifoss.  Svartifoss was definitely a harder hike to get to.  We didn’t hike the entire way where you can look up from below in the valley at it, but we made it far enough to see a good angle of it at the top of the mountain.  What makes it so awesome is the pattern of the dark lava columns surround it, which is where it gets its name from.

After the waterfalls we made it to the glacier lagoon, where we were totally blown away.  HUGE icebergs actively falling off of the glacier into the lagoon and heading out to the ocean.  When the fall off they flip over and are this incredible shade of indigo.  Please see the ninth photo under “Glacier Lagoon” you will see what I am talking about.  That specific piece of ice had just broken off and flipped.  It was awesome!  We did a boat tour which got us extremely close to the glacier, totally recommend if you go, even if it means freezing your hiney (sp??) off ha ha ha!  If you go across the street you will see where the icebergs move into the ocean side.  The broken ice that comes off the icebergs as they melt wash up onto the black sand beach and look like small diamonds.  It’s truly a sight to be seen!

We also got to see Búlandstindur (pictured above)nwhich is a pyramid shaped mountain in eastern Iceland- so cool!

Oh my, I know I am leaving soooo much out, but if you have a specific question about any of these spots (or any of my posts in particular) just ask!  Next post we are heading north!

Iceland :: Southern Region (Part One)

The adventure of a lifetime. I really don’t even know where to start.

I have been scrolling through almost 2,000 photos trying to narrow them down to make it an appropriate amount for a blog post, you know, enough to keep you entertained, but not too many to bore you… do to the abundance of experiences we had and sights we saw, I have decided to split our Iceland trip into three separate posts just to make sure I don’t leave anything out, and I’m starting with the southern region.  If you click on the titles of each subsections, it will take you to a link of the location.

I must preface this by saying we did not do the “golden circle” which consists of the most commonly visited three spots in Iceland (Þingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Haukadalur geothermal features & geysers). We decided we wanted to see some touristy spots, but mostly wanted to do what most people didn’t do when they were in Iceland. We drove the entire country. THE. ENTIRE. COUNTRY. It was a big loop around, we drove for hours and hours on end, and it was amazing!

So here I am writing this post, and I’m going to start with the area where most people who visit Iceland stay and really don’t leave. The south. And yes, the southern region of Iceland is incredible. There is just so much to see and do, there’s no way anyone could do everything available in one week, let alone 3 days which is how long Husband & I were willing to stay in this region.

The Blue Lagoon



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We started at the Blue Lagoon, where we stayed in the hotel, Silica Hotel. The best part of staying at the hotel is that we didn’t have to go to the overly crowded big lagoon, the hotel had its own private lagoon that only guests were invited to use. When you are ready to enjoy the geothermal bath, they ask that you shower first. When you get in there are definitely hotter spots than others, but overall the whole bath is very comfortable considering you are in Iceland and the air temperatures are between 40- 50 degrees (in June). Also, there are silica particles that people use as a mask for their face and body all over the bottom of the bath that feels a lot like… what I can best describe it as is… SLIME! I chose not to put it on my body, but most everyone was. I have sensitive skin, so I didn’t want to have a bad breakout at the beginning of my trip. Another thing, DO NOT GET YOUR HAIR WET. It destroys your strands, so trust me, don’t do it as tempting as it may be. Other than the slime and the hair issue, this was a really relaxing and fun experience. Husband & I did it two nights in a row and loved it!

We did eat at the on site restaurant, Lava, one night and the food was very good (pictured above).  The top picture is a view from our room. The terrain of the land almost feels like you are on another planet.  Insane.

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The first full day that we were in Iceland, I had planned for us to visit the Westman Islands.  We took a mini plane from the mainland, and got to see an aerial view of the islands which are spread out around the southern coast.  We planned a tour by boat with Ribsafari and it did not disappoint!  It was AWESOME!  We got to check two things off my list of “Things I MUST See”: puffins & elephant rock.  We also saw something I had never heard of, right next to Elephant Rock there was a rock that the locals call “Dinosaur Drinking”  Do you see what I am talking about in the pictures above?  Look hard :)






This was the first of about a million waterfalls we went chasing while we were in Iceland.  The coolest part of visiting this one is that it’s the only waterfall in Iceland that you can physically go behind and see from behind the fall.  Such a cool experience!



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We saw a lot more of the southern region before we got to Vik, which I will talk about in the next post, but I wanted to put Vik in on this one since it’s such a touristy spot to hit when in the southern region.  The black sand beaches are absolutely stunning against the grey water of the ocean.  The roaring cliffs just steps from the ocean are awe inspiring.  To say that this was one of my favorite spots on the trip would not be a lie.  We spent quite a bit of time here and I would love to see this again with my babies some day…

Hope you are enjoying the trip so far, it takes a long time for me to organize, edit, and publish these blog posts, so bare with me for the next one!

The Matriarchs

This year for Mother’s Day, I thought a sweet little session with my favorite photographer (Laura Gattis) would be the perfect gift for the two mamas in my life. We spent a morning with an extremely uncooperative Bennett, but I still think the pictures turned out gorgeous!  These women deserve the world for all they do to help me.  We all know it takes a village to raise kids!  They love and adore my children like their own and that is invaluable to Husband & I.

Enjoy the sneak peek, mama’s!  Happy early Mother’s Day!  We love y’all so much!





Bennett Wesley :: Three Years Old


Today, at 10:15 AM, my oldest boy turned three.  He was greeted with balloons galore, a yard sign (which he could see from his bedroom window), and homemade blueberry muffins!!  Just kidding, the muffins were store bought, ain’t no one got time for that… Regardless, he had a pretty magical morning to start off his third year alive with a bang!

This little dude… he’s seriously the light of my life.  He has such a unique personality that is always changing and evolving.  Lately his speech has been growing rapidly with Husband & I, yet he will not say a peep to strangers and he is still very shy even with close friends.  His favorite activity continues to be swimming, but riding on mama’s bike is a close second.  I love spending every Thursday picking him up from school early to enjoy lunch together (with Remy), grab a cupcake from Sprinkles, then go to music class where he can dance and play instruments for about an hour.  He has become so in tune with this routine, I feel bad if there’s ever a Thursday we can’t make it.

He is awesome with all his numbers, colors, animals, and ABC’s.  ‘B’ is his favorite of course because “‘B’ is for BENNETT!”.  He also knows that ‘R’ is for Remy, but it’s not said in the excited voice that ‘B’ gets.  We still spend our evenings on the front porch drinking apple juice and reading books.  Right now his favorite book is Pout Pout Fish, we seriously read it about twelve times a day.  His teacher actually got him that book for Christmas and he has loved it every day since he got it.  Speaking of his teacher, he is still loving school.  I’m amazed at how much he has learned since he started a year ago…

He gets his haircut pretty regularly now, along with little bro. He is such a handsome little boy, I can’t get over how precious he is!  We go in tomorrow for his three year physical and I cannot wait to hear how tall he is and how much he weighs.  I think he recently has gone through a growth spurt because he was eating a lot more than usual.  He is SO tall!  Much taller than the kids in his class and the kids in his play group!  As much as I love that he is tall, it’s a little frustrating when parents who don’t know him and his age, think that he is older than he is.  So he will have a meltdown at times and they look at me like, get your five year old under control… and I make sure to point out the fact that he is barely three and that’s just the way three year olds roll!  Thank you very much (read in a sassy tone)!  But this is a very rare occurrence, most often than not, he is a very sweet boy and doesn’t cause big scenes.  He mostly does that at home… just for me ;)

Next Saturday (the 12th), after all the grandparents are back from their European excursion, we will be celebrating Bennett BIG TIME at Old McMicky’s Farm.  So, I will post about his party later this month, but until then, just a few words from this mama…

My first son, Bennett,

What a special human you are!  Everything about you brings joy to my life.  How smart you are, your precious little voice, your competitiveness (which I’m already starting to see), how good of a swimmer you are, your fabulous dance moves, when you share with your brother… these are all things I am so proud of!  You melt my heart with those big hugs you sometimes freely give, and the public smooches, though very rare… well… I could bottle that up and store them forever!!  Seriously the BEST!  When you hold my hand walking to church… or when you say my name about fifty bajillion times because you have something very important to say or ask… or when I catch you playing the piano or ukulele… or when you are playing nicely with brother and you both start cracking up out of the blue!!  Oh, this mama is just so happy to have you as her own!

I don’t know what my life would be like without your precious face in it every day.  I want you to know that you are so loved!  Every.single.day my love for you is deep and never ending!  You and your brother are my greatest accomplishments and I couldn’t have imagined a better life than this one with you guys!  You, Bennett, are absolute perfection in my eyes, I adore you so!  Please continue to stay curious for anything in life, continue to learn with a never ending pit in your head for knowledge, continue to try to be patient and to love your brother (he’s the only one who will have your back in life when your parents aren’t there to help), and continue to enjoy the simple things in life like you do!

I love you, my baby.


Disney Magic :: First Timers















Y’all, we finally did it!  We braved Disney with our kids!  It’s pretty obvious what all went down from looking at the photos, so I’m not going to write out a full post about our weekend at Disney World, but just know… it was THE BEST!  Cannot wait to do it again!

Just some blog humor for you guys…

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Siete Años :: Love is my Religion














Hello, hello!  Husband & I just got back from our anniversary vacay in Jamaica!  How in the world has it been seven years already?!?  And I was also thinking about it earlier, this year in July we will have been together for TEN years!

We stayed in an over the water bungalow at the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, and it did not disappoint!  These bungalows are incredible!  And in fact, these are the first of their kind in the entire Caribbean!  We were able to jump off our deck straight into open water to snorkel, there were plenty of great restaurants right on property, so we really didn’t leave at all!  We did go out snorkeling in the reefs which consisted of us getting on a boat, but other than that… we stayed put!  The resort is super close to the airport which made travel time non- existent, when you are going on a trip like this, you want to spend as little time in transport.  Needless to say, Husband & I had a wonderful time!

As for our sweet anniversary, Husband arranged for a candlelight dinner right on our deck in our room.  It was perfect and the food (made right in our bungalow) was amazing!  Husband is seriously one of a kind.  I’m so lucky to be his wife and to have him as the father of our two boys.  He is such a great role model for them, showing them how a husband should take care of their family.  He is so generous, loves to travel anywhere I want, and treats me like a queen!  He doesn’t mind if the house is messy, if the laundry’s not done, if the kids are throwing fits… he is so patient and kind hearted.  I love him so, so much.  He makes my life unbelievably blessed just because he is in it.

Love you, Husband.

Cheers to seven years!