Friday, June 28, 2013


Those who know me IRL should know by now that the beach is my absolute favorite place on earth.
One day I will live at the beach and never leave!
Until then...we just visit as often as we can.
A few weeks ago, we started off summer right with a trip to Cape San Blas, FL.
Great friends, empty beach, lots of fun in the sun...
What more could I need!?
Ready for fun on our first day!

Pictures of three of my favorite people

Matching hats!

Beautiful sunrises over the bay

Morning runs on the beach with dolphins

Making an octopus sandcastle

And  then a crab sandcastle

Catching crabs for real

The littlest one wanted to make a turtle with his dad

And what is a childhood trip to the beach without the experience of being buried in the sand?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

And the Mom of the Year Award goes to...

1st place for loosing my child at Six Flags.
Don't be jealous.  With a little work and dedication this may happen for you too.
Here's my story:
Today, my crew met Aunt Mimi and cousins Lorelai and Troy for a fun-filled Six Flags day.
We had a fabulous day, absolutely no lines, cool weather (shocking for June) and it was overcast.
So, barring a little whining and skinned knees from Charlie, nothing could go wrong.
Until the last ride of the day.
The Mindbender.
Melody and Troy were just tall enough to ride it. (Charlie was tall enough too, but being our resident 'fraidy cat, he opted to hang with Aunt Mimi.) They were so excited...their first upside down coaster!
We got up to the front, and I realized that two small children, two bigger children, and me, posed a coaster seating logistics challenge.
It was decided that I would go with Melody and Troy would ride either with Jack or Lorelai.
Jack decided he wanted to only go with Lorelai and that he would sit this ride out and go with her the next time around.
Except the next time around, the littles wanted to go again.
But not together.
So, I tried to have Jack go with either Melody or Troy but no go.  Apparently, Lorelai is is favorite cousin and no one else would do.
He stomped angrily towards the exit to go wait with Aunt Mimi and Charles.
When the ride was over, we walked to the exit where Aunt Mimi and Charlie were waiting.
Without Jack.
We looked all over the place.
Finally, Aunt Mimi sent me along the walk of shame to the Lost Parents booth.
So, I walked (ok ran) over there, trying to keep the rising panic at bay.
And there he was.
Apparently, he had come out of the ride and somehow he and Aunt Mimi missed each other.  He just continued walking up the hill and out of Gotham City and finally sat down on a bench to rest.
Where a lady in a "dress with swirls" on it walked up.  She asked him if he was here with his mom, to which my son responded, "Yeah, she's on the Mindbender and I have an aunt around here somewhere."
(Thanks for throwing me under the bus there, honey.  I'm sure that lovely lady thinks I just dump my kids in Six Flags and go gallivanting off)
She then took him over the the Lost Parents booth.  Where I found him about 10 minutes later.
We went back to the Mindbender where he finally got that ride with Lorelai.
And then we had a discussion about staying at the exit until the other people you are with finish the ride.
The excitement never ends!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Only 363 Days...

until I have a double-digit kid.
How do I know this?
Because, yesterday, this guy turned NINE!
Happy Birthday to my sweet Jack
who is so smart
so loving
so curious
so silly
and so perfect for our family.
The Lord knew what He was doing when he blessed us with this little guy
nine years ago!
Doesn't he look like a little Buddha?
I think he was mediating and trying to recover after the horrendous labor and delivery we had to suffer though. 
John Marc Powell
9lbs 4oz
21 1/4 inches