It is Well With My Soul

It is Well With My Soul

This morning, I packed lunch and a quick beach bag, threw some beach chairs in the back of the Quest Love, and the kids and I headed to the beach.  I have been counting the days since last summer ended before I could get back to the beach again, and I was beside myself with excitement.  I love beach days! Growing up on the beach, you’d think that was just ingrained in me, but that’s not really true.  I wasn’t a huge beach fan when I was younger.  I loved…

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12 Hours on a Couch

12 Hours on a Couch

The first few weeks of school have been overload for our family.  We hosted five large parties at our house in three weekends.  It was lots of fun and we loved every minute of it, but when we realized our first weekend without any plans was also a three day weekend, we felt like we deserved something really great.  Something really special.  Something AMAZING. I sat on the couch for 12 hours and it was everything I hoped it would be. Friday night was rainy and mushy, thanks to the…

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Busy Weekend, Happy Family

Busy Weekend, Happy Family

This weekend was packed full of all different kinds of fun.  I love weekends like that.  I’ve been having a rough start to my school year for the past two weeks, so my weekends have been just the right kind of fun and relaxation that I’ve needed.  Friday night, we headed to downtown Windermere for dinner at the food trucks.  This is just half of the food trucks that were there. I had korean BBQ and Chris and the kids had Philly cheesesteaks. Everything was delicious! We have heard about…

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My Keys to Happiness

My Keys to Happiness

Last week at the gym, I tried listening to a podcast instead of music while I was running.  I didn’t like it.  I need the beat of the music.  But, the podcast I listened to was really interesting.  It was a TedTalk on the study of happiness.  This guy had done research and found that people were happier when they were focused on the task at hand, even if it wasn’t a task they were particularly fond of.  When minds wander, we become less happy, according to the study. Considering…

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When Bean is Away…

When Bean is Away…

For Bean’s 7th birthday, my mom took him on a trip to Washington, D.C.  They are having a blast, and I’ll share details about their trip once they get home and I can hijack my mom’s camera.  For now, she is sending me pictures on her phone every few hours, and I can just see the pure joy on Bean’s face.  It’s his first trip away from home without us, and so far, I think we miss him much more than he misses us! But no one misses Bean more…

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When Floridians Vacation

When Floridians Vacation

This weekend, we took our family to Treasure Island with some friends of ours for a beach weekend.  It was heavenly, and just what I need to get me through the last seven days of school (SEVEN!). It was a perfect weekend filled with just the right amount of family, friends, kids, adults, beverages, adult beverages, pool floats, boogey boards, staying up late, sleeping in, and even a birthday cake thrown in there for fun.  It just hit the spot. Sadly, while we were playing in the Gulf on the…

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Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

As the kids get older, the Mother’s Days become even better. They are filled with more handmade artwork and lots of “you’re the best mommy ever’s.” My Mother’s Day celebration actually began Friday morning when I had “Muffins with Mom” at Gracie’s preschool. It is the seventh year I have had this breakfast at this school, and every year it gets sweeter and sweeter. (This is Gracie’s painting of me. I am particularly fond of the pink hair.) On Sunday, we packed up and headed to the beach. My favorite…

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Adventure, Exploring, Laughing, and Growing

Adventure, Exploring, Laughing, and Growing

One of the things I did in the past year without blogging was to plug into my kids activities more.  One of those was getting involved in Cub Scouts with Bean.  He was a Tiger Scout this past year, and we have loved every single minute of it. One of my favorite things about Cub Scouts is how family-oriented it is.  Our whole family participates, even Gracie, and that not only makes it Bean’s extra curricular activity, but really a family commitment. Chris and I are the den leaders of Bean’s…

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My Blooming Husband

My Blooming Husband

Last week, Chris was in tech rehearsals almost every night, which means he didn’t get home until about 11:00.  And I was fighting a cold, so I was going to bed when the kids did around 8:00 every night.  Chris and I basically saw each other over breakfast in the mornings, and that was about it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate tech weeks?) On Thursday night, I was finally feeling a little better, so I stayed up late to see him when he got home.  We sat in the…

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Some Days

Some Days

Some days, it is really hard to be a parent.  You question yourself a lot.  Am I doing it right?  Am I a good mom?  Am I giving them everything they need?  The doubt weighs heavy on your shoulders, and all you can do is pray it away. Some days, the guilt gets to you.  You try to balance all the important components of your life, and you just hope that at the end of the day, everyone feels loved enough.  But the guilt of that balance is a burden…

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