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For Father’s Day, I like to ask my husband how he wants to celebrate.  It’s his day after all, so I want us to celebrate the way he wants.  Last year we spent the weekend camping.  This year, we spent the weekend looking at boats.  Actually, he spent the weekend looking at boats (and got a mini vacation in the process).

 

He started his weekend with a quick trip to Florida.  I would have been more jealous of his trip, but this wasn’t really a sightseeing trip. He was on a mission.  He had an appointment to look at a sailboat that we are interested in buying.   He spent several hours exploring and familiarizing himself with every inch of the boat.  So much in fact that he taught the broker a thing or two about the boat.

 

Sunday morning Kora gave Thomas the Father’s Day card she picked for him.  She picked the card out herself, so she was super proud of it and excited to give it to her dad.

Later that morning we drove to a boat show to look at more boats! Kora was so excited to see all the boats.  She found one that she really wanted – it had a seat at the bow of the boat that she wanted to sit on!  I asked Kora if she brought her money to buy a boat and she sadly told me know.  She quickly turned to her dad and asked him if he “makes money.” Anytime Kora’s unhappy that her dad has to go to work we always tell her that he has to go to work to make money.  She was quick to remember that her dad makes money and and could buy us a boat! She’s a thinker!

 

After looking at boats for a while, we were famished.  We decided we’d rather head to a restaurant for a late lunch than eat concession food at the show.  Thomas has been wanting to eat at Gringo’s TexMex for a while, so that’s where we headed.  After eating there, I’m now wishing we had a Gringo’s closer to home.  There were so many yummy looking choices on the menu that I had a hard time choosing.  I ended up ordering fish tacos, and I’m glad that I did.  Delicious! While Thomas enjoyed his enchiladas, he regrets not ordering one of the signature dishes.  What he really enjoyed was the salsa and the green sauce before the meal.  In fact, he said that the chip dipped in the green sauce and then dipped in the salsa was one of the best things he’s ever eaten.

 

We then spent the evening talking about boats and watching boat videos on YouTube.  It’s not the most typical way to celebrate Father’s Day, but it was the perfect way for us to celebrate with Thomas.  Happy Father’s Day Thomas! Thank you for being an awesome Dad! We love you!


Is it coincidence that Kora started channeling her inner Lynda Carter with the release of the new Wonder Woman movie or did someone sneak her to see the movie without me knowing?

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Ever since she turned three, she thinks she is sooooooo big.  She likes to stand up tall, puff out her chest, show off her muscles and tell me that she’s “big and brave and strong and tough!”.

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She has recently become adamant that she’s doesn’t need help getting dressed in the morning. If I start to help her she forcefully tells me “No, I’m a girl. I can do it.”  And she’s right.  She is a girl, and she can do it!

 

I’m not sure where she got this “I’m a girl; I can do it” attitude, but I love it.  There are so many times where girls are made to feel like they are incapable of doing certain things just because of their gender.  I want my girls to know that they are capable of anything they set their minds to.

 

Want to be a doctor? I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to be a chef? I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to be a firefighter? I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to be {insert any other profession here}. I’m a girl. I can do it.

Want to get dressed by yourself? I’m a girl. I can do it.

 

(FYI: The three professions above are the three things Kora has told me she wants to be when she grows up.)

 

I will continue to encourage this girl power as Kora and her little sister grow. I will encourage my girls to be strong and independent; confident and courageous.  It’s an everyday challenge trying to raise two Wonder Women, but I’m a girl.  I can do it.

 

 


“Rain rain go away! Come again some other day!”

The last day of our beach vacation just got cut short due to the rain. There was so much rain in fact that I got a flash flood warning alert on my phone. 


Anytime I’ve ever received one of these alerts I’ve usually shrugged it off because I’m somewhere indoors with no plans of getting on the road. Today was different however. 
Within ten minutes of getting the alert, my five year old nephew looks out the window and says to my mom, “Nannie, your car is half way up with water!”  


What!?! We look out the window and found that water was covering the road and rising. The water level had almost reached the bottom of the car doors!
My dad ran outside to move the car and quickly became drenched – the water was higher than the tops of his boots! Of course since this was our last day, all of his other (dry) clothes were already packed and loaded into the car. 
Other than the rain, our beach getaway was a real success. The kids had a blast digging in the sand and hopping over waves. 



We enjoyed watching the animatronic animals and we devoured a yummy Volcano Cake at The Rainforest Cafe. 


We even got to celebrate the graduation of one of the big cousins!  


On the afternoon of the annual sand castle competition, people were being turned away from the beach so we didn’t get to see the sand castles. We planned to go the next day to see them, but then it rained. There’s no way the sand castles survived all that rain. I guess we’ll just have to do this whole beach weekend vacation again next year!



Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the afternoon with my two girls, my mother and my grandmother.  We didn’t have any special plans or do anything out of the ordinary.  We just sat in my mother’s living room and watched the kids play.  Other than four generations of strong willed women in one room, it was nothing to write home about.

But that’s what made it a great Mother’s Day.  I was able to enjoy the company of my mother and grandmother while watching my two little girls play.  I know there are many people out there who wish they could have had a day like I had.

A friend from high school recently lost his mother in a tragic car accident.  I can’t help but think of him and his family this Mother’s Day.  I grieve for him and his children as they mourn their loss.  I know they would do anything to be able to spend one more Mother’s Day with her.

I also keep thinking of the friends and family that have lost children or who have struggled with becoming a mom.  Mother’s Day must be a terribly painful time for them. I happen to be reading a memoir about a woman who struggled with infertility before finally adopting a child.  In the book she writes about the staggering number of children in the United States alone that are in need of a loving home.  I ache for the children who are motherless and for the women who yearn to be mothers but aren’t.

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year set aside to honor the mothers in our lives – mothers, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, or any other motherly figure.  But is one day really enough? If the mothers in your life are anything like the mothers in mine, one day of celebrating is really not sufficient. Mother’s Day should be a yearlong celebration! We should appreciate all the things they do for us each and every day.

I love being a mother.  It is hard work, and it seems like it gets harder every day.  I have been pooped on, puked on, and as I write this, my daughter, who is sleeping next to me, reached up and pinched me! She’s sleeping and felt the need to pinch my arm. Motherhood hurts! But I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.  These two little girls are my everything. I am continually being amazed by the things they do, and I love being  a part of their lives.

Kora made me a mommy and Lila renewed my subscription.  I love these little girls more than they will ever know and it a blessing to be their mother.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 


Early last week, my husband asked me if I wanted to go camping this weekend.  I’m always up for a camping trip, so my answer naturally was, “Sure!”.  Within minutes, my husband had us a reservation at a campground a half hour from Scarborough Renaissance Festival.

Camping and a Renaissance Festival in one weekend? Score! Now just to decide what to wear.  My husband secretly wants to be a pirate in real life, so I knew that his costume was set.  Since the girls had outgrown their pirate costumes from last year, I had to find them something new to wear.

A quick search on Amazon and I had the girls matching mermaid outfits! I could have purchased more elaborate costumes, but opted for simple and comfortable.  I didn’t want their costume to make them (and me) miserable all day.

I also found me a pair of mermaid pants! I was a little nervous about wearing such bold pants, but I have learned over the years that nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is out of place at the Renaissance Festival.  That’s what is so great about Ren Fest.  The attire ranges from everyday clothes to the most elaborate costumes (dragons, fairies, barbarians, etc) and everything in between.  I like to dress up, but still want to be comfortable and able to chase two little ones around.

The night before the fair, I made Kora a mermaid tail out of foam to wear with her costume. She loved it and showed it off to everyone we passed at the festival.  She didn’t wear it long, but thankfully it lasted long enough to get a picture of her in it with the ‘real’ mermaids!

Throughout the day, I received several compliments on my pants and on the girls’ outfits. As I am the picture taker of the family, I don’t appear in many pictures.  This is the only picture of me in my mermaid pants.  Aren’t they so shiny? I think I may have to buy another pair in a different color.

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The girls had a blast at the festival.  Kora loved the mermaids and had to say hi to everyone she saw in an elaborate costume.  The dragon Fireflicker was her favorite! Lila could have spent all day at the petting zoo.  She loves animals!

 

We had such a fun, yet very exhausting day.    I absolutely loved our pirate/mermaid combination.  In fact, I think I’m going to do a little work on making my mermaid costume a little more elaborate before the fall’s Ren Fest.

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Since the beginning of the year, I have been doing monthly exercise challenges. Over the years I have found that wanting to exercise or start working out again wasn’t enough to actually follow through on any long term exercising.  When I say to myself, ‘I’m going to get shape,’ running is usually my exercise of choice. I run for a couple of days, maybe a couple of weeks, and then I get burned out.  And then the cycle continues.

This year I decided that I was going to choose a different 30 day exercise challenge each month to help keep me motivated. The challenges usually start out pretty easy at the beginning and then gradually get harder and harder.  It’s not the most intense workout or anything, but it’s better than no exercise at all.

I think the simply fact that it’s called a ‘challenge’ is motivating for me. As a kid, my mother was always telling me and my brothers that she loved a challenge.  I am the same way! It’s a challenge, and I will be successful.  It also helps knowing that it is only for 30 days.  There is a concrete end to the challenge and I can count down the days.  I actually use a notebook to document the days I complete the challenge.  Having a visual aid is very motivating for me to keep working hard.  I don’t like having a missing day on my page, so it pushes me to get my workout done.

A couple of weeks ago, my sister-is-law happened to send me a How to Get into the Splits in 30 Day Challenge, and I’ve decided I’m going to try it! I have always wanted to do the splits, but I’m not very flexible (as you can clearly see below). In fact, I’ve never been very flexible.  This is going to be super hard! But I’m going to try it.

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If I manage to master the splits in 30 days, you better believe I will be posting proof.  I will be posting proof all over the place! If I’m not successful in 30 days, I will probably repeat the challenge until I’m successful.  And then I’ll post proof! Wish me luck!

 


In my Birthday Resolutions post a couple of weeks ago I wrote about wanting to go camping more often.  After this weekend, I can proudly say that I have my first camping trip under my belt!


My husband, his sister, and his dad planned a camping trip for all of our families for this past weekend.  We all met at the campground for a weekend of family fun.  And let me tell you, we had fun! My girls had a blast run around the campsite playing with their cousins and grandparents.


Saturday morning was spent down at the beach – the adults lounging in the shade and the kids splashing in the water and digging in the sand. (Well, except me and the baby.  We stayed back at the camper so she could take her morning nap.  With all the peace and quite, I ended up taking a little siesta too!)   By the time I finally made it down to the beach, it was almost time for everyone to head back for a little rest from the sun.  I hate that I missed most of the fun in the sun, but my nap may have been worth it!

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One of my favorite parts about camping came Saturday night – Burgers by Thomas! I may be a little bit biased, but I happen to think that my husband makes the best hamburgers.  (Don’t tell him I said this, because I don’t want to give him any ideas, one of these days I think he’ll decide to open up a burger joint!)  My husband usually does all the cooking when we go camping which I think is just fantastic.  I always enjoy food more when it is prepared by someone else!


Sunday morning we explored the Nature Center which had some interesting hands on exhibits for the kids.  Kora loved the fish and hermit crab tanks.  There was a bird spotting scope that we used to look at pelicans and boats off in the distance.  While some of the other adults were pouring themselves a cup of courtesy coffee in the sitting area, Kora and I ran across the parking lot to catch a Pokemon we hadn’t caught yet!


This was our first time to visit this particular campground, and I doubt it will be our last.  I was very happy with the facilities and its proximity to the beach.  They even have several events scheduled throughout the summer, so we made sure to grab their calendar of events for any future plans.  We had a so much fun camping this weekend, I’m ready to plan our next trip! Comment below and let me know how you like to have fun while camping.