Nueve Años

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Well, it certainly isn’t Tulum, Mexico, our destination of choice for our anniversary this year that had to be cancelled :(, but we are certainly making the most of this gorgeous day that we share with Mother Earth!

Two nights ago, I was scrolling through social media before bed and was stopped in my tracks by my favorite farm that’s located about an hour outside of Tampa, Sweetfields Farm.  I saw that they were having a U Pick event in their sunflower fields from 10AM to 1PM for Earth Day, and I knew immediately that it was the perfect thing for us to do as a family to get us out of the house for a little bit.

It was magical.

 We got there 15 minutes before they opened so we were some of the first ones in.  They made sure that they limited the amount of people could come in and when we left the line was pretty long, so I’m glad we got there when we did.  You could spend as much time as you wanted, there was no rush, and everyone was allowed to pick 3 sunflowers each.  The boys absolutely loved it!

I’m so thankful we were able to do something different to celebrate our anniversary… I’m still not sure how Husband puts up with me year after year, but to say I’m the luckiest to have him would be an understatement.

I love you, Husband, and there is no one else I would rather be trapped inside (for our NINE year wedding anniversary) quarantining with than you. Xoxo.


Homeschool Science 101 :: Butterflies

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I’m sure many of you super mama’s out there have done this with your kiddos already, but for those who haven’t… this was awesome!

So, about 3 weeks ago, when I realized we would be home bound for quite some time, I started to research fun activities for kids that were more step by step learning.  I found this butterfly kit on amazon (of course) and it was a huge hit!  From the arrival of the teeny tiny caterpillars, to when they became chrysalis, then morphing into Painted Lady Butterflies, the kids enjoyed seeing the transformation every single day.

Yesterday, on Easter, was the perfect day to let almost 15 butterflies fly free from our home.  Remy was a little more reluctant to hold them, but Bennett absolutely adored them and was what I called a “butterfly whisperer”!  Not that Remy didn’t enjoy the experience, he just really enjoyed watching his buddies fly away LOL!

Anyway, not the most glamorous photos of the transformation but… it’s science!

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We have one butterfly, “Lefty”, that was born with a severely disabled right wing and he has a friend butterfly who didn’t want to leave him behind that we are still fostering in the habitat.  Something about them has been so sweet to watch and I don’t want to let them go.  I fear that if we let Lefty go, he will not make it very far… he has yet to show any attempt at flying :(.  I will keep an eye on him and continue to feed him fresh fruit and homemade nectar until I feel it’s time to let him go.  Until then…

Please try this at home with your kiddos!  They will love it!


Easter, 2020

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Good morning and Happy Easter to all of you!

Yesterday, I felt the urge to get dressed, put on makeup, fix my hair, clean the boys up, and go ahead and take our family Easter photo.  Normally, right now we would be dressed like the photo above and heading out the door (probably late as usual) to church.  Today we are watching our church live stream on the internet :(… in our jammies… Such a weird time in the world.

We feel blessed though!  Woke up in a safe home, with clothes on our backs, the Easter Bunny made a visit last night, my kids are happy and healthy… life is precious and so, so good!  And thank you Jesus for giving your life for us!  That’s the biggest blessing of all!

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives, and believes in me, shall never die.”

John 11:25-26

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter full of love and health!  Here are some fun pictures from the magic in our house this morning :)

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Oh, Christmas Tree! 2019

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No lie.  Our tree was up before Thanksgiving, and right now I’m having severe anxiety that it might not make it to Christmas Day without going complete brown and losing all of it’s needles…

But like all the years before, it filled the entire house with the most wonderful of smells and instantly brought all the magic of Christmas with it!  The boys were VERY interested in “helping” me decorate it, grabbing every single pricey glass ornament I own and wanting to place them ever-so-roughly on the lowest limb of the tree (EEEEEK!!! Deep breaths…).  I had to completely have an out of body experience and release control of the situation and just… let it be.

After they went to bed I was able to rearrange everything to where I felt more at peace., and we got some really sweet photos :)

Hey Santa, we are ready for you!


Bennett Wesley :: Four Years Old

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Oh, wow.  I’m the mom of an “officially” four year old boy.  Bennett and I have been talking about how he is turning four, for weeks now and yesterday it was official.  He is so pumped to be four… he lets me know that he is “A LOT older than Remy because Remy is only two”.  He and I have been having some really great conversations lately, especially since he has started the “MAMA!!!” chant at bedtime, so basically that means I have to turn around when I’m half way back to bed, to go back to his room and sit (or lay… whichever he is demanding at that moment) with him and talk about powerful life topics like: When will the full moon come back?  How many stars can we count out the window?  Why spaceships countdown like, 5,4,3,2,1 BLASTOFF?  He is in a big time mommy phase where I’m the only one who can help him with any of his wishes and desires.  Daddy will be standing right there with a towel ready for him to get out of the shower because Bennett has of course already announced his willingness to depart from his hour long water escapade, but as soon as he realizes it’s daddy who has the towel… it’s like “how DARE they send this random person to wrap me up in my towel!  I need the peasant woman… MOM!!!!!”

I have been reflecting on the last year with Bennett and how much he has grown.  Not only is he a couple inches taller, he has matured quite a bit!  When he turned three he would barely say a handful of words to communicate, now he communicates SO well with unlimited vocabulary!   He has the best memory, WAY better than mine.  He remembers so many details from trips we have taken, names of people we have spent time with and where we were… some times I have to try to remember if he is correct!  And he always is!  Oh another thing, when he turned three he was still in diapers, now he is a big boy and does his business on the potty (for almost a year now… but still…)!  I’m one proud mama!

Yesterday was different from all the birthdays before.  Instead of having a big, over-the-top party with lots of friends, we decided to be mellow and just have family over for pizza and cake and pool time, which are all things Bennett loves!  He told me he had so much fun that he wants to have “three birthdays this year”!  Cutie!

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My sweet sweet Bennett,

Two nights ago, you went to bed as a three year old and woke up a four year old!  I can’t believe that this time next year we will be thinking about Kindergarten! You are so precious and every little thing about you brings so much sunshine to my life daily.

There are so many sweet moments that you share with your brother these days.  When you guys are playing together and he walks away because his attention span isn’t quite as long as yours is, and you yell for him to come back and play some more… it’s so so sweet!  When I spy on you guys and find you both sitting on the floor in your room reading books, just the sweetest!  When you grab Remy’s feet so that you can play “This Little Piggy” with his toes and you both squeal out with laughter…ugh!!  SO SWEET!

I love that you can spend hours in the pool with Daddy!  I am so fascinated that you guys can hang in the hot tub playing and chatting for so long and never get bored.  You are always down for a new adventure.  When we went to Belize, I wasn’t sure you would enjoy being on a sailboat for 6/7 hours straight, but you completely surprised me and had the best time!  And it’s something you are always bringing up to talk about with me and reminisce on…. that and the seaplane adventure in Alaska… lol

My favorite times with you are when you show a lot of excitement.  Because you are such a chill little dude, it’s few and far between when you really get amped about things.  When you know you are going to be flying on an airplane, when I tell you we are going on an adventure, when you know it’s Tumble Bus day at school, or when you know that we are going to AlliSongs… all those exciting moments for you are so special for this mama.  I love seeing a big smile on your face and will do anything and everything to keep one on your face whenever I can!

I love you so much little man.  I hope you have the best year being FOUR!

xx Mama


Big Sky, Montana

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Has anyone been to Big Sky, Montana?!?  This was a first for us and it was incredible!  And cold!!  The highs never got above 30 and it snowed almost every day we were there which was pretty chilly for these Floridians.

The trip was dedicated to skiing with our friends, we stayed in a ski in/ ski out home that was absolutely fabulous, but unfortunately Bennett (who was allowed to start ski school because he is 3 and potty trained) did NOT enjoy it.  Not surprising… it takes him a while to warm up to new things, but he didn’t even give it a second chance.  I’m hoping we can do another ski trip next year and try again, that way Remy will be able to join in on the fun and hopefully encourage Bennett to try.  Although, I must say, Remy HATED being cold.  Every time we went out and played he cried the entire time (see solo picture above ha ha ha!).

I took a lesson since I haven’t skied in over 15 years.  I learned so much in that three hour private lesson than I ever did as a teenager.  I feel like as adults we appreciate the time and energy it takes to do activities like skiing, so we pay attention better as to really avoid hurting ourselves ;).  I didn’t want to go home with two very energetic little boys and a broken leg or hip!  So, I was very attentive and felt like I got the hang of it fairly quickly.  Now… I’m very slowwwwwww.  This mama won’t be going down a black diamond any time soon.  But, I did enjoy myself every day that I got to ski and cannot wait for the next time!  Husband grew up going on ski trips with his family and friends, so he is a fantastic skier.  He picked right back up where he left off and was feeling pretty sore after the first day going down blacks.  He was super sweet and went skiing with me a couple of times and was super patient while coaching me down the mountains.  Love him.

When we weren’t on the mountain shredding powder ;) we were hanging with our kiddos.  We got to experience authentic dog sledding which was an interesting adventure.  It was like a blizzard that day and the kiddos were freezing, so just getting them into the sled was a complete sh*t show.  Everyone was staring at us like, get your kids under control and wipe the snot please.  But once the doggies started running and as long as they were at full speed, my boys were silent and enjoyed the moment and scenery.  It was so beautiful.  I don’t think I will ever need to go dog sledding ever again, but at least I can check that off the bucket list.

Another day was spent traveling over to West Yellowstone where we actually got to drive through the outer side of the national park (gorgeous, would love to go back in the summer) and visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.  The boys loved it!  The wolves were stunning and so interactive.  We only saw one bear and he seemed a bit old… but still entertaining for a few minutes while he moved logs around and ate.  Highly recommend if you are visiting the area with small children, it’s nothing fancy but it was interesting.

Most of all, what made the trip so fun was going with some of our great friends and their kiddos.  We spent many nights making dinner at home, warming up in the hot tub, and cuddling up enjoying the log burning fireplace with a nice glass of wine.  We had a great time and hope to visit again real soon!

 

 


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

…And the busiest!  Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to this holiday season!

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New York City

Golf Cart Parade

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Boat Parade

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Gingerbread Houses

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Morning and Day

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It was by far the best Christmas yet!  Hope you & yours had a wonderful Christmas as well!