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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And Then There Were Three

And Then There Were Three

Yesterday, Ginny, John Michael, and Baby Tillman arrived. It has been a few months since I have seen Tillman, and even though I knew how big he was getting through pictures, I was shocked at how big he had gotten in real life! Holy cow! He recently learned to crawl, and he is into EVERYTHING! But see those cheeks? That’s what keeps him out of trouble. Those chunky, tasty little jowls are the softest, squishiest, mushiest little pods of mush! I can’t be around him without nibbling them! Gracie wanted…

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Bean Discovers the Beach

Bean Discovers the Beach

When you come to Pensacola Beach, you have to cross two long bridges to get out to it. We were expecting the kids to get excited about the beach, but we were NOT expecting Bean to get so excited the minute he crossed the first of the two bridges.  From the minute he saw the bay, he started talking 90 miles an hour and did not stop for the next half hour until we got to our condo.  In that half hour stretch, he said some of the funniest things…

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Strep Strikes

Strep Strikes

On Monday afternoon, the kids were out running errands with Nana and Grandma (i.e. buying half the toys, movies, and pool floats at Walmart) and Chris and I grabbed a bite to eat together.  We had a great lunch, and got back to the condo about the same time as the kids, so we all took big naps together.  Even Chris.  Which is strange because I can count on one hand the number of naps Chris has taken in the 14 years we’ve been together.  He does not have my…

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Greetings from Paradise!

Greetings from Paradise!

School ended last week and I am having terrible withdraws. I miss my students. I miss grading papers. I miss giving out detentions and referrals. I miss waking up early and rushing home to get dinner on the table. I guess I’m just one of those teachers who doesn’t know what to do with herself all summer long. S’NOT!!!!!!!!!! GREETINGS FROM PARADISE! Our family left on Saturday morning and caravanned with my mom and Grandma up to my hometown for a week long beach retreat. So far, we have been…

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Going Home

Going Home

This weekend, we packed up and headed back out of town again. This time we went to our hometown of Pensacola, Florida (well, technically we’re from a barrier peninsula just off the coast of Pensacola called Gulf Breeze). My sister’s mother-in-law, Shirley, threw her a beautiful baby shower. (Shirley, by the way, plans parties, showers, and weddings professionally, so email me if you are looking for someone in the Pensacola area!) Shirley’s house looked beautiful, and it was the perfect place for seeing old friends and celebrating new babies! While…

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Air Travel With an Infant

Air Travel With an Infant

With summer nearly upon us, it’s just about time to start planning family vacations. I love me a good family vacay. There’s nothing better than getting away from the everyday and doing something different. If you have a new wee tot in your family, though, be prepared to adjust your travel routine a bit in ways you never really expected. We traveled with both our kids when they were under six months old and had both positive and not-so-positive experiences. Today I’ll share about the plane traveling we did with…

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MIA

MIA

I’ve had a bit of a rough week. Nothing major, just one of those times when several things come to a head at once. I’m taking two classes right now for my teaching certification, and that has added the equivalent of two college class loads to my plate. Homework is an adjustment. Not to mention school is winding down and so my students seem to be on crack. I can’t get them to settle down, and so my work days are long, exhausting days right now. Add in a few…

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One Day Weekend Getaway

One Day Weekend Getaway

This past weekend, Bean and I flew to Virginia to spend the weekend with my sister. I haven’t seen her in forever and since my birthday is coming up in December, she sent me and Bean a plane ticket for a one-day weekend getaway! What a great sister! Bean and I flew up Friday after work. Flying alone with a toddler while big and pregnant was…well…not ideal. But Bean was actually a pretty good little trooper. He played and sang songs (did I tell you that he’s singing now?) and…

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Mini-Vacation, Mega-Fun: Part One

Mini-Vacation, Mega-Fun: Part One

I had last Friday off for a school holiday and so we took advantage of the three-day weekend by getting out of town.  As much fun as we have and as many things as we try to get out and do, it has been years since Chris and I took a voluntary vacation.  Sure, we go and we do, but most of our travel is tied to a holiday and we usually find ourselves heading to wherever family is.  I really think that we haven’t chosen a destination and planned…

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