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A birthday, Grand Canyon, and Vegas baby!

April has been a crazy whirlwind so far.  Wait, today is the 30th.  Ok it officially flew by.  This year is flying by.  I know a big part of it is because Austin is about to graduate but how can Eva’s kindergarten year almost be over?

Speaking of Eva, she had a birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

Her last night of being a six year old.

We celebrated with friends and the boys girlfriends


I’m doing this blog post from my iPhone- if it works I am hoping to get more posts up this way!


I love our street and the walk home from school everyday 

Andy had to speak at a conference in Las Vegas so the older boys and I tagged along and went to the Grand Canyon


It was pretty amazing.  And kinda scary in some places!


The next day we went to Hoover Dam which was also very cool.  I have pictures of both from my big camera that I will post later.

Next stop was Vegas.  We had a pretty cool room where we could all spread out

And some unique artwork

Blake has to rest frequently 


These two goofballs…


We went to see a cirque du soleil show that the boys loved


Austin won $41 off of $5


The boys flew home and I stayed a couple more days to relax by the pool.


It was a really great trip and I was so glad we took the older boys.  

That said I was so very happy to get back home and see my youngers and pups.


Big camera pics up next

Friday Fun Day

Last Friday was scheduled to be warm. And my girlie had had a bad week at school

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We decided to go to the zoo. She was so excited. And that made it all so worth it.

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I have always been one to pull my kids out of school when they need it. I know a lot of people may disagree but it has always worked out well for us.

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And back home for a perfect dinner on the patio

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I wrote this on FB that night

Tonight I am thankful. For a day stolen away with my 4th as a “mental health day” that we spent at the zoo. For a day of my 3rd that got to ride his bike to school and hang with friends after, to my 2nd, who had to skip practice yesterday for school stuff and was told he would sit out tonights game because of it but yet still played.. and my 1st- who came home saying, ” I am going to bed early so I can run well tomorrow” and next thing I know he says ” I have to go make candles with Taylor” I love my kiddos so much! Keep your priorities straight kiddos. It’s people and expierences that matter, not how good you are at sports, not how many hours you clock at school, it’s about life. And live it to it’s fullest. Because it won’t wait for you to figure that out.

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I know straight up that life would have been very easy if we had stopped at two kids. Easy financially, easy emotionally, easy logistically. But would it have been this fun? No, not for me. I always knew I wanted lots of kids. Even though there are times I remember saying to Andy, “oh man- I saw so-in-so just hanging at the gym reading a magazine after her workout. I can’t imagine having a day like that!” He said “one day you will”. And that was when kid three was a baby. And now with all (4) of my kids in school I could be that mom. But it’s hard not to feel guilty about taking time for me when I have been full time for others for 18 years. Because I feel like I should be doing something else. I am giving myself a year to adjust.

Cole teaching Eva to play lacrosse, or at least throw the ball for the dogs.

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Vampire dog ๐Ÿ™‚

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Great start to a great weekend.

Hello Spring- glad you finally decided to show

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Hopefully you are here to stay!!

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Everything is green and blooming ๐Ÿ™‚

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There is no doubt that we are all a little happier when the weather finally turns

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Last week we took some pics for Austin and friends graduation party. Graduation. Sigh. Having a hard time wrapping my brain around that one.

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From Kindergarten to Seniors in the blink of an eye.

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Happy Friday everyone!

The last of the beach

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I love this little park. I could walk here every night.

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Do you think if you lived at the beach you would take it for granted? I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t.

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One of Eva’s front teeth is loose and kinda crooked. So this is the best I get.

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So Blake is considering sending in an audition tape to be able to attend The Jam camp for advanced musicians in Nashville. He needs a good headshot, and an audition tape with two songs from two different genres.

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He practiced for both while we were at the beach

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Oh Watercolor, one of these days I am just going to stay

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Life is better at the beach

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It’s been cold and snowy here. In mid April. Mother nature must be PMSing

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I understand, it happens to the best of us. But I am also over it.

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Spring is pretty at the farm. You know. When it isn’t snowing in April

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And my dogs were crazy excited for us to get back home

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And this boy was happy to be back with his pup

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I found Cole just lying in the yard. Poor kid. A week of being sick at the beach is not the best way to spend your vacay

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And that’s a Spring Break wrap-up!

Watercolor Florida

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I took a few pictures of our house, yes I am calling it our house because I feel like this house should be mine. I love it so much.

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The kitchen family room set up is similar to our “real” house. It’s just perfect for our family

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This little mudroom is in the back of the house right off the screened porch

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Where we spent all our time

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The neighborhood is just gorgeous

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This VW at Seaside was one of the nicest ones I have seen

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Lunch in Seaside with the grandparents

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That water….

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Hanging on the beach even though it was a little chilly

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Sunset from Bud and Alleys

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Sunset pics from watercolor beach where we were staying

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This was prob my fave shot

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It’s snowing here today ๐Ÿ™ So lets just stare at this instead

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We had a cool pond behind our house and when it rained the frogs were so loud!

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We pulled one kid away and went out for a quick snack near our house

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Saw Blake’s dream car when we were sitting there

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We went over to Seaside and I walked down to the water while they shopped

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Eva in her cool bunk room

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And a few bits and pieces of the house

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Seriously wish I back there right now…

You can rent this house from 360 Blue. I am always asked about that… 30a should pay me to be their rep as many people that I have sent there!

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More pics soon…

Elizabeth - We ate lunch at that restaraunt,, It was so yummy,. There was an open house going on there the day we went. Could be yours girl for a tad over $5 mill. It was GORGEOUS inside. It was someone’s 2nd home can’t imagine what their primary home looked like if this was just their beach house lol. These are great pics of the beach too.