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070116 – 070416: July 4th Festivities!

We’ve had a super busy weekend! 

Friday I had class and a lunch date with my mother-in-law. We had some good lunch and better conversation- 100% uninterrupted by children! Rare for sure. 

Saturday Wes and I spent all day cleaning our yard and house to get ready for Sunday- our big church party. We had a big water slide, food, some fireworks, the whole 9. 

You couldn’t see my counter for all the food! And my fridge was full to the point of having to force it shut!
And of course my kids got to break in the slide to make sure it worked right 😉


It did…


And then they went and stayed with Mawmaw and swam until I though they might turn into fish, and then came home. 

The slide we rented was supposed to be picked up at 7pm that day. They called and said it’d be Tuesday. Soooo…


The Kirkleys took over… 

Then we ate some burgers, went and got ice cream, popped some fireworks…


And then we went out to town and watched some bigger fireworks. 


The kiddos loved it. 

I’d say we had an awesome fourth. 

Hope yours was full of fireworks and food and most of all FREEDOM. 

043016 – 050616: Family Vacation! (Picture Heavy)

I was quiet this week because we were on vacation and I didn’t want to blow my whole vacation being on my phone. So I only used it for pictures and google maps mostly.

We went to Pensacola, as we always do. We think this may be the last year we go there. The kiddos are getting bigger and starting to enjoy the hikes and the looking around and so hopefully we’ll go explore some new places next year.

We stayed the first half of the week at Fort Pickens. It’s a fort that was used to protect the coastline in Florida and was also used as a Union station during the civil war.

It has a beach, and so the kiddos liked being able to walk to the beach. (Granted, its sort of a far walk…)

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Pensacola Vacation May 2016

My crazy boy.
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And my sweet girl reading her book (It’s a book of knock knock jokes… We heard jokes all week).
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We toured Fort Pickens and my kiddos loved it!
Pensacola Vacation May 2015

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“Is dat a cannon? Dat’s a BIG cannon.”
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And then more beach. It wore little guy out.
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And turned Lucy into a mermaid!
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We went crab hunting.
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We ate some good breakfast.
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We toured the Naval Aviation Museum (always a hit with the kiddos).
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We went down the board walk.
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And Lucy held a fish! (Don’t tell her that was the bait…)
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And then Mawmaw had to leave us because work (boo!). We had a blast with her though and we were all glad she could come for even a little bit of the trip.

We changed campgrounds the day after she left. And it rained off and on, so in between rain, we played cards and rode bikes.

Pensacola Vacation May 2015

Pensacola Vacation May 2015

Pensacola Vacation May 2015

We had never toured Fort Barrancas, mostly because we didn’t know it was there. (We aren’t so great at history and whatnot.)

Fort Barrancas was further inland than Fort Pickens and was originally a Spanish Settlement. Where Fort Pickens was built by slaves and maintained by slaves, and was built for use, Fort Barrancas was built by the Spanish, then maintained by slaves, so it’s much prettier and much more ornate. We also thought it was odd that the Union used slaves to work in their forts during the Civil War. Contradictory, huh? Fort Pickens was a Union fort, and Fort Barrancas was a confederate fort. They did have combat and they were very close to each other.

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Pensacola Vacation May 2016

And then we hung around and watched the Blue Angels fly from Fort Barrancas. We felt super National watching them fly over us on a fort surrounded by American flags and cannons.

Pensacola Vacation May 2016

Pensacola Vacation May 2016

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And then back to the bay. We spent a whole afternoon on the bay in Big Lagoon. The kids loved the shallow water and the non-waves, except by occasional boats.
Pensacola Vacation May 2015

Pensacola Vacation May 2015

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We hunted for Hermit crabs.
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And I won. I found the biggest one we’ve ever found.
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The hermit that was in there was much too small for the shell. He must’ve just moved in.

Then of course, with my two, there was a sand fight (that I didn’t partake in).
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And then of course some time for me to warm little guy up. The water felt great, as long as you stayed in it.
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The last day we were there we played at Perdido Kids Park. The kids always love it there.
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We got Ice Cream.
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My kids learned that I’m relentless with a camera and posing them.
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They also learned I’m pretty handy with a self timer.
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And then we made it home in plenty of time and now we’re all tired and we’ve got the Okatoma Festival today. So.. WHEW!

030616 – 030816: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

We worked on our house more and then the kids and I left Daddy to it and we went and visited Mamie and Uncle Earl on the coast. We had a field trip with Lucy’s homeschool group and it was in Gulfport so we used that as an excuse to go see them.  

   
They have a golfcart and a playground very near their house, so we played. 

Then we went to Chikfila and met up with my cousins and cousins-in-laws and all of our kids played and played. 

Then back “home” to finish up The Good Dinosaur. 

  
And then Tuesday the kiddos and I went to the IMMS, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. It was a very neat museum. 

  
And they did a little performance with a macaw that my kids really enjoyed. 

  
And then they had a big touch pool that Lucy had a blast with. All the little girls with long hair had wet ends from reaching over and touching the Rays and the shark. 

   
   
Judah touched a horseshoe crab and a starfish. They were more his speed. 

And we saw a fish with a beard and all thought of daddy. 

  
Then we went to a large sand box and dug for shark teeth. Lucy got a sand tiger tooth, Judah found a snaggletooth shark tooth and I got a bull shark tooth. 

Then we saw the big animals.

  
The Dolphins did a few tricks, I didn’t have my phone out much. We had worn t shirts and shorts and the wind was blowing so hard I had to use myself to warm my kiddos. The dolphin waving at us was Apollo and he has a forever home at IMMS because he is hard of hearing. They have to use different techniques to train and help him. The other 2 were 38 and 36 years old and had been in captivity most of their lives as rescues. 

All of their sea lions were rescues from the most recent oil spill. And were brought to IMMS when they were days old. 

Pretty cool! 

My kids overall loved it and I enjoyed myself as well. 

Now, back to work on our room! 

122415: Christmas Eve

We had Christmas Eve at my dads house, as usual. We had lots of fun and it was great seeing my family, even if it was just for a little while.  

    
    
Andy and Shelby got pretty much Star Wars stuff. Like, I don’t think they got anything that they got wasn’t that theme. 

    
    
 
My beautiful niece and daughter. They look so much alike. And both gorgeous. 

   
 
I hope you all are sneaking around waiting for little ones to wake up and dig in. We are. Expect a fun blog tomorrow. 

And as always…  

120715 + 120815: Painting away

I am back at painting and I really forgot how much I love it. 

  
At our ladies class I helped lead them in painting a poinsettia for Christmas. Then I had my second class at Michaels. 

I have one student who loves the class. She told me that she’s taken every class they offer, and so far, the painting class has been her favorite. And I’ve only done 2!

So that’s going really well. Our elf is still being mischievous. 

  
And Lucy has been writing him notes which is so funny to see. 

I remember wondering when she would start writing the funny words and makeshift notes and she’s there already. We’ve been working hard on letter writing and she’s doing really well. I’m so glad I’m getting the opportunity to teach her. 

Ok- off to start my day!