So I hope you enjoyed our vacation. I have had some neat correspondence, and even some really nice emails about how our trip has been a distraction from some bad stuff going on in people's lives. And, well, I am glad for that.
My life is not all sunshine and roses, but it sunshine and roses, or in this case, sunshine and sand, is what I choose to put out there. It's what I choose to focus on. I'm glad I could help you (and you know who you are) focus on something a little more positive for a few days too.
It was fun having a new face around for a while. Julianne actually is one of Staci's sitters, as is her sister, CoCo.
We'll be starting our summer routine, which involves Mary Allison three days a week, with a sprinkle or two of KK.
I LOVE this picture!
And this one. My girl and her hat. She loves to wear a hat!This is my beach bag... note the box of activities to do on the beach and of course, extra swim diapers for the wee one.
It's been fun getting Todd to chill a little. Ever since he came on at MMPT, he has been so uptight about getting all his work done and doesn't like to be away from the office hardly at all.
I find that a little odd. I was always the workaholic, and now I am the one who is ready to get away more, and he wants to stay home.
Here comes Linda Lou with her daily fun of sandwiches and wraps for everyone.
Funny picture! Two of them going out. Two of them coming in!
THis baby right here would play until she was about to fall down. She now has a gorgeous tan. I suppose I will have to explain that to her someday! How she is all golden and her mama is NOT! And poor ol Gabbi is going to be more like me. Lots of sunscreen.
At night, when we'd get ready to got out, Ellie would remind me of a miniature Cameron Diaz! Her hair has really blonded up, and she prefers it all tossled. Then that dark skin and cute little figure. And of course, a mini skirt and tank top! Ha. SHe is like, totally, like a surfer girl, dude.
She keeps us on our toes, but what a special girl!
She goes til she can't go no mo!Mary Allison KNOWS my kids' routines! She KNOWS when it is naptime and she KNOWS we'll pay later if she doesn't get them to take said nap!
She even knows that if you put on Beauty and the Beast, Gabbi won't go to sleep. It has to be WowWow Wubzy or a tv show. That's knowing my girls!
She knows more about my girls' nap times than I do. But then again, I am usually at work during naptime. On the weekends, we don't really nap. Cause remember, they wont' nap when I am around! While at the beach, MA would take them up when I was on the beach. That worked beautifully!
That allows mom and dad a little bit of "me" time and is much appreciated.
Well, we are back to the real world today. Back to an 8 am appointment on Monday morning! But, I will be refreshed and ready. We, as a familly, have a new schedule this summer, so I am eager to see how that goes.
Check out what Ford found... a seahorse!
That's a new one for the Circle of Love! Wait! ONLY Johnnye is left in the circle. Is he alive?!
Too many fruities!NExt adventure.... SHAKE FOR JAKE! Two weeks and a day until that event. Get ready to be hearing a lot about it, and to hear how you can help this year be the biggest yet. I hope to tell stories of a few kids who have benefitted from our monetary contributions this year so you can see what it's all about. Get ready! ANd if you have anything you think would be a good donation for our auction, please holla!! firstname.lastname@example.org. Anything is helpful. we hope to raise lots of money for kids/ families affected by pediatric cancer.
And that concludes our beach trip 2011.