Monday, December 12, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday Marissa!

Happy 10th Birthday to my beautiful Marissa!  I can't believe our little girl is double digits already! Marissa had a fun filled weekend with her friends.  She had her BFF's come over for a party and roller skating.  She also was treated to a crab leg dinner and a horse and carriage ride.  Nothing but the best for my princess!

We've been busy with holiday activities and it truly is a magical time of year!

Baking and Decorating Christmas Cookies

Mailing our letters to Santa!

These two play football in the backyard!  Vikings vs. Packers

Brody's class made Gingerbread Houses and then placed their house on the big map of the neighborhood.

Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Christmas Light Display was beautiful and festive!

A Bethlehem Visit 2016

The boys got to see the Vikings win  their game against the Jaguars!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fall Catch Up!

We have been so busy enjoying the fall weather and activities that the blog has been neglected.  It's time to catch up.  Rewinding back to late October, Brody got to go on his first field trip which also included his first bus ride.  The class went to a local pumpkin patch.  It was so hot out that it didn't feel very fall like but regardless they had a great time.  Brody was lucky to have his Dad join him as a chaperone!

Halloween in our neighborhood is as big as Christmas!  We put up lights, inflatables and decorations! It really does make it super fun!  So many kids in the cutest costumes.  Candy overload and sugared out kids are par for the course!  This year Brody was a knight and Marissa was her favorite character from the show EverAfter High.

At the last minute, we did a weekend getaway to Cocoa Beach.  We spent a Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center.  I hadn't been there since high school.  The kids really loved it and it was a very interesting place.

Brody finished up his soccer season mid November.  He really enjoyed playing soccer this year and I'm sure it's going to be in his list of favorite sports!

We still make it over to the beach once in awhile.  We should make it much more often considering how close we live to it.  This time of year the water is too cold to swim in but we still enjoy making sand castles and listening to the waves.

The kids had a Veterans Day Program at school.  Marissa's class sang a few songs in it.  Brody's class also did some fun activities in school.  The teacher sent me this picture.  Such cute kiddos!

Brody had a Kindergarten Thanksgiving Performance at school.  It was so cute watching all the kindergartners sing and say poems.  I wish we could keep them little forever!

Night of Lights in St. Augustine is one of the most favorite things to do in our area during the holiday season.  It just seems so magical with the entire city lit up!  This year we decided to go to the lighting ceremony.  It was so beautiful!

This year for Thanksgiving we rented a beach condo in  Panama City Beach.  The view was beautiful and the weather was perfect at 85 degrees.  We loved it so much!  It might become our new tradition!

That brings us up to date!  Marissa's birthday is this weekend and we lots of things going on in the next month!  I hope to keep this much more updated!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Escaping the hurricane!

I realized this morning that I haven't written a blog post in so long.  I feel like a lot has happened since my last post but I will just catch you up on the major things!  First, we evacuated from Hurricane Matthew and spent a few nights in Tampa.  The kids thought it was a vacation and if I hadn't been sick I might have agreed but with the stress of what was happening back home and being sick I just couldn't wait to get back.  One highlight of our trip to Tampa was the fact we got to go to Caribou Coffee.  Oh how I miss Caribou so much!  Here's a few pics from the time away.

Brody and Marissa finished up their 1st quarter of school a few weeks ago.  The school year just flies by!  Brody was chosen by his teacher to be awarded the Character of Pillar of Responsibility.  We were so proud of his accomplishment!

The other big news is that we have 2 new family members in the family.  Congratulations to John and Beth on the birth of their twin girls.  Twin nieces are so fun!  Grace and Charlotte are beautiful additions to the family.

Friday, September 16, 2016

September 2016 Update

Beach Fishing Day

We've just living life.  Now that school has started, we are back into the routine.  Routines and schedules are good and we seem to thrive on them but I do miss summer!  At least the weather still feels like summer!  We took a trip down to Orlando a few weekends ago.  We enjoyed hanging at Disney and exploring all the Disney area has to offer!

Whip Dole Floats are a must!

Disney's Polynesian Resort

The Grand Floridian Resort
 Brody started his soccer season and had his first game last Saturday.  You will find us on the soccer fields every Saturday for his games.  He loves it and I love to see his hard work!

Friday, August 19, 2016

First day of school 2016!

The kiddos have been back to school for a week now and we are quickly settling into the routine of the school year.  They are both loving school and their teachers!  It has been super quiet around the homefront but the days fly by!

Here's a few pics from the first day of school!

Grade:  Kindergarten
Teacher:  Mrs. Butler
School:  Valley Ridge Academy

Grade:  4th
Teacher:  Mrs. Sandler/Mrs. Rossa
School:  Valley Ridge Academy

Last weekend we spent the weekend at the pool, beach and riding our bikes along the ocean.  It's a beautiful life!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Oh summertime how I love thee.....

We've had a great summer!  It really just flew by like it always does.  We had a wonderful trip to Minnesota and we hosted my brother's family a few weeks ago.  The kids have enjoyed the extended play time with all their friends and the pool was our second home.  We had "Meet the Teacher" this morning as school starts Wednesday morning.  We are looking forward to a wonderful school year ahead!  Here are some pictures of the rest of our summer!

Painting party with our neighborhood!

Marissa FINALLY got her ears pierced!  So proud of her!  She has been wanting to do it for a long time and she finally got the nerve to do it!

The Fam riding the lazy river at Splash Water Park!

Saturday Night Date Night Sunset Cruise!  Oh I love living here!

My Kindergartener at Meet the Teacher morning