Apr 20, 2014

easter | 2014

Our first Easter in Florida. 
I hear Adelyn, faintly, telling us everything that was in her Easter basket, 
then Stone rolling over kicking me in the face, mumbling something about sleeping. 
I hear her, I'm trying to force my eyes open, but every part of me says
She keeps talking about the Easter bunny and finally,
Stone jumped up, ran out of the room and announced that the Easter bunny, did, indeed come. 
The sound of pure joy and excitement in his voice is indescribable. Ecstatic, that boy was.
They searched for eggs around the house and ate chocolate for breakfast. 
Abel wanted nothing to do with any of it, really.
After a few cups of well-needed coffee, we headed out to the fair grounds. 
More egg searching, lots of prizes and some hooping action.
Dinner at mom's with the Florida family, Skype date with the Michigan family.
The only thing missing was a trip to the beach. It was only 70(ish) degrees, so we passed.

Can we talk about my girls hoopin' skills?? She's a natural, and I know it's only a matter of time until she's asking for a fire hoop and leaving everyone around in complete awe. And to be honest, I can't wait.
Teach me your ways, little one!

Apr 19, 2014


"A snapshot of my littles, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Apr 13, 2014


"A snapshot of my littles, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Sometimes I wonder how my words and actions will affect the person you become. I hope my influence shines on a positive light, but I am not naive in the fact that I am human and have off days.  Days that I am not at my best, I hope these days do not outweigh the number of good days in your memory of childhood.
I know you feel frustrated when I make you apologize for something you shouldn't have done, or make you repeat the same thing you just stated with the word "ma'am" at the end. I know you get upset when I don't stop my conversation mid-sentance to listen to what you have to say, instead reminding you to say "excuse me" and then wait your turn patiently or when I ignore your plea for something to drink until the word "please" is used in your sentence.
I hope as you grow older, these small life lessons stick, and one day you'll look back and be thankful you were taught manners and respect for yourself and others.
Manners are important. Respect, both for yourself and others is important.

Apr 6, 2014


"A snapshot of my littles, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Boca Grande, horse rides and crying fits. All in a days work.

Mar 30, 2014


"A snapshot of my littles, once a week, every week, in 2014."

This is how we roll.

We went to Sarasota Jungle Gardens. It really was like walking through the jungle (although I've never been to an actual jungle to compare). The tree canopy walkways and animals roaming around. Little ones walked a long with the flamingos and hand fed them. They got to hold parrots and alligators and got a little up close and personal with python.