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More Beach

Finally pulling a few pics off my big camera from our beach trip.


We woke up to a dusting of snow so I thought it might be appropriate to throw up warm weather pictures.


Feeling warm yet? I want to go back!


Golden Goodness


It crossed my mind more than once that trips with all of my kids together like this are not going to be happening much longer. My kids are getting older


Which makes small trips like this all the more special.

Elizabeths07 - What amazing pictures you captured!

Hannah - Okay first of all. You TOTALLY underestimate yourself as a photographer. These are awesome. I mean like slap your mama awesome.

Second of all…

I am right there with you. Do you realize how few years we have left with our big boys? I mean I know your kids love you after they leave and you can still take family vacations, but they aren’t your kids anymore…they are but they aren’t you know. They are their own people. Did I mention my best friend’s oldest is getting married and moving to AZ? That may be affecting me a bit right now. I’m not happy about this whole grow up and leave the nest thing.

Jalepeno Turkey Burgers

I don’t eat red meat so I am always looking for a good veggie burger or turkey burger.

This one is SO good


I found it on Pinterest from this blog. She shows more step by step pics.

Andy actually makes them because putting my hands in raw meat creeps me out.

1 lb Ground turkey or chicken
1/3 C Minced onion
2 T Minced jalepeno
2 Cloves of garlic
1/4 C Chopped cilantro
1/3 C Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper (to your tastes)

Mix it all- make patties, throw them on the grill!

The guacamole is optional but really makes it yummy. We have made them with and with out. The blogger put sour cream on hers- we skipped that.

We had semi warm temps and sunshine last night so it was a perfect night to grill. Hoping Spring is around the corner!

Hannah - This looks yummy! I eat red meat…but not very often. I’ve tried a few turkey burgers, this one has everything I love…peppers, cilantro and guacamole. Dude.

Captiva Island

We took our first trip to Sanibel Island and fell in love.


Our condo had a nice porch with amazing views of the Gulf. I could have sat there all day.


But of course you can’t put your toes in the sand from the porch.


Austin snapped a couple pictures of Andy and I. The first one cracked me up- Andy was arguing with me about the best place to stand (light wise). I wanted back-lighting. I won.


We went boating to an island that only had a couple houses.


Someone was snoozing on the boat


He missed some good views and friends around the boat


This guy had the right idea- he dug a hole for himself to stay cool


Bird tree


We met up with Aimee and her family and swam in their pool


I miss the beach already!

Elizabeths - This makes me miss Captiva and Sanibal or really any beach. I love the heart shaped sea shell picture.

Hannah - I love these! That bird tree is awesome. You are a hottie. Love Eva’s suit. I’m glad you guys don’t run a crack house. It’s cold here. I’d run a crack house if it was on the beach.

Bald Head Island

My kids still declare this their fave beach- with Watersound a close second. Yesterday the new “Haven” magazine came out- great articles and home decor pics. And the article by the dad at the end hit very close to home


Hannah - The picture on page two did me in. I could live there…or at least visit a lot. That dad is right. Our kids rush and rush and rush… I’m anti rush. The thing I love the most about homeschool is that we are together…and we can slow down and soak it up now and then. Of course we are ALWAYS together which can be as much of a negative as it is a positive some days ;) I’m a firm believer in slow, easy childhoods. The kind where you bake cookies on a Tuesday afternoon for no reason at all, and play so hard that you are filthy and exhausted. I love mud covered kids :)