Thursday, July 25, 2013


I didn't take a bunch of pictures in June, but one big thing did happen:

My widdle baby turned eight.
He'd hate it if he heard me call him that.
Good thing he doesn't read my blog.

Our youngest, the boy with all the passion, and noise, and love turned eight.  Where, oh where, does the time go?  It is fleeting...

I kept up with boot camp,

and also experimented with making my own Almond Butters.  So far, my favorite is Roasted Salted Almond Coconut Butter.  Yum!

We went berry picking again.
This time, for blueberries!
My freezer is well stocked...

And, like his sister did last month, TheBoy figured out how to ride his bike!

With only one or two scrapes along the way...

And, during one of our many beach days, CraftyGirl and I gave surfing a try.

It was gnarly, dude!

Hang loose!

And that's it for June.
See you next month.
When it will actually BE the month I'm posting photos about.

Monday, July 22, 2013


You might be saying to yourself, "What happened to April?"
Uh, good question.
I dunno.  Apparently nothing photo worthy, and since I'm so far behind, I can't remember that far back.
So, let's just move forward. 
I'm dying to get you all caught up so that I can post regularly about things that are happening now.
So I don't forget!

May was the month of field trips!  
We went to a cool, local, hands-on science museum called The MESS Hall.

The kids had fun experimenting with all sorts of things.

We also finished up our school year with a trip to the local Gulfarium.  We had a ton of fun, with the Science class that I taught at our co-op.  

I felt it was a fitting end to our study of Apologia's Swimming Creatures curriculum!

I continued to rehab my IT band with short running jaunts and pressed on with a new exercise:  outdoor boot camp.  It's fun and sweaty, and a really good workout!!

The running group I facilitated and participated in, Run for God, completed our 5K goal race, and our team even won a trophy for one of the largest groups at the run!

CraftyGirl also ran the kids' 1 mile fun run with some of her friends and had a great time!

We also went on a trip to Tennessee to visit Nana and Papa.

While there, Nana bought a bike for the kids, and having her there to cheer them on was the catalyst for them learning to ride.  (Never mind the bikes we've had for them in the garage for months!!)

I also found a scooter at a yard sale ($3!!) that the kids enjoyed.

Not one week after we returned, CraftyGirl was riding on her own.  TheBoy took a bit longer, but he IS two years younger.  As they were practicing, I overheard, "If HE can do it, then I can too!"  The positives of sibling rivalry...

And a few other highlights in pictures...

Strawberry picking.  Where we picked about 13 lbs of berries.  Twice!  

Beach time!

Starting our first SMALL garden... from seeds

 CraftyGirl babysat for friends as they welcomed a baby brother.

TheBoy was the flag bearer for a Boy Scout ceremony.  He did a fabulous job!

And just a few other random shots from the month to finish up our photo review of May.

See you back for June!!