Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Whoa, Nellie!

It's like trying to hold water in your hands...
it just trickles through your fingers no matter how hard you try to keep a hold of it.

These days...
they're trickling.

I have a 5 year old -
she's gorgeous,
she loves to read and write books,
she enjoys swimming and relaxing in the sun,
she likes helping people and teaching people new things,
she loves to get pretty - puts a dress on, applies make up, and switches into dangling earrings,
she's a giver and a lover.

I have a 3 year old -
he's nurturing, 
he loves to comfort his baby sister,
he enjoys mowing the grass,
he's a swimmer and spends most of his time in the pool,
he likes to play with his monster trucks and take care of the fish in our fish tank,
he asks 2 million questions a day,
he can't wait to be a daddy.

I have a 1 year old -
her blonde curls make me smile and her beautiful eyes melt me to my knees,
she expresses emotion like it's her job,
she'll cheerily send you on your way as she happily and excitedly tells you "bye",
she loves hugs and kisses,
she loves talking on the phone to grandma and grandpa,
she doesn't want to sleep in her crib anymore and begs to sleep in her sissy's big girl bed,
she laughs, giggles, and snickers her every waking moment.

Makayla, Mason, and Mia Grace - 
They're 5, 3, and 1...

and they're going to be 5, 3, and 1 only once.
I'm trying my hardest to make the most of these days...
but these days - they're trickling - trickling like water from my hand.

...and while the days are trickling, 
I kiss them, I smell them, I hold them, I squeeze them, I rock them...
I breathe in every bit of their love.

(and i wonder, if i'm already feeling this overwhelming sense of how quickly time goes by, how am i going to feel as my kids grow older and bigger? - as they go through school, get their driver's license, experience their first loves and broken hearts, graduate high school, send them off to college, watch them say 'i do' on their wedding day, have babies of their own...)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Fourth

How did we celebrate the 4th of July this year?
our traditional tie-dying of shirts,
water fight with a fire truck,
lots of cousin time for the kids,
watermelon and sugar cookies,
sparklers and smoke bombs,
and beautiful weather.

Our Fourth through pictures:

Mia really getting into dying her shirt!

Water fight with the fire truck.
Still, this year, this kids just prefer the mist from the water...

 Fun with family and friends.
We're so thankful to have had the boys from the south join us this year!
The kids really enjoyed spending time with their cousins, Tyler and Brennan, and they added a sweet touch to our memories this year!

We tried and tried to get a picture of all the cousins together - 

Where's Kole?

 Where's Mia?

 Here's one with all of them.  Just time, there will be one more to join the group - Reagyn!

The night was full of food, family, friends, fun, and fireworks!
The next day we woke up to a traditional breakfast of mush at Grandma and Grandpa Curry's while the kids set off more smoke bombs.

We all ate lunch together at the bowling alley - Curry Party of 15 -
and then Kevin and I ended the day at Grady's Family Fun Park with the kids.

We've had a great weekend celebrating the Fourth and spending time with family we don't get to see near often enough.
"I thank god for my life
And for the stars and stripes
May freedom forever fly, let it ring.
Salute the ones who died
The ones that give their lives
So we don't have to sacrifice
All the things we love"
-Zac Brown Band

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Destin 2014

For the past six months, nearly every night, when I would tuck the kids into bed, I'd tell them to have sweet dreams.  

I'd say to them -

dream of us on the beach...
dream of us building sand castles, and playing in waves...  
dream of us picking up seashells...
dream about the things we're going to do in florida.
we have (however many months/weeks/days were left on our countdown) until we'll be there.
have sweet dreams.
mommy loves you.

 Well, our trip to Destin, FL this year has come and gone...
and I hope it's everything the kids dreamed of and more!

This year (like all years past), we enjoyed so many things!

We spent a lot of time on the beach -

peace, love, and sandy feet!

Daddy went deep sea fishing with Grandpa, Aunt Nina, and John - 
(and a storm was brewing up right as their trip was ending)

We watched Sky Surfing at The Village of Baytowne Warf - 

More time on the beach - 

We rode on a Pirate Ship and did things that Pirates do! - 
we had a water gun fight, a hoola hoop contest, mopped the deck floor, got our faces painted,
found treasure and pulled it up from the ocean, marched in a parade, shot off loud cannons, and ate  hotdogs...

Makayla was scared of the pirates at first (i have to admit, the captain was kinda scary/rough looking, but once they called her by name and slipped a silver coin in her pocket, she was good to go).  And even though the pirates on our ship were really fun, funny, and nice, she did say this to me once we left:
"I hate to say this, but pirates will probably go to Hell because they are mean".

oh, my goodness, i love that face

Swimming at the pool - morning, noon, and night -
The kids could not get enough swim time!

Every morning, grandpa would take Mason and Makayla to the pool...
(view from our balcony)

...and it never failed that one of them always had to go poop.

We went to a Fat Tuesday Parade at the Harborwalk Village -
Complete with beads, dazzling floats, music - 

As soon as somebody would drop a necklace over Makayla's head, she would quickly take it off and put it in the stroller.  When I asked her why she was doing that, she told me that she thought she would get more beads that way because more people would give her necklaces if they saw that she didn't have any, so the ones she would get, she would hide in the stroller.

More time on the beach - 

We took a water taxi to watch firework over the harbor - 

Since when did my baby girl get so grown up?!
The door from little girl to big girl is slowly closing...

A massage on the beach - 

We took a couple of walks along the beach in the evenings - 

A lot of time was spent at the Harborwalk Village -
walking up and down the docks looking at all of the fishing boats and fish,
eating snow cones, 
dining out at Deweys and Margaritaville,
jumping on trampolines,
listening to live music...

Mia on the dance floor -
it's where this girl belongs!
(i know one day she is going to be totally embarrassed by me because i can't even keep up with her now as it is...)

We spent a lot of time eating on the water - 
We wanted to try new places, places we hadn't eaten at yet since we'd been coming to Destin -
Anglers, The Back Porch, Deweys, Mellow Mushroom, Landshark, Merlins, Margaritaville...
and we did enjoy a pizza picnic on the beach one night - 

 Mason LOVED eating SHARK.  He had shark (fish) for every meal when we went out!

Daddy spent a lot of time snorkeling and looking for sand dollars.
We brought home lots of sand dollars that we've cleaned and bleached to pass out to people.
If you run into Makayla anytime within the next couple of weeks, be prepared to receive a sand dollar from her!

We went to The Track one night where Mason rode go-karts and Makayla rode bumber cars.
She said she didn't really like the bumper cars because "they hurt her heart".

The kids spent some time making friends at the water fountain while mommy did some shopping at Destin Commons -

Lots more time spent on the beach - 

Mia.  She completely melts me.

We had a wonderful trip - 
Many wonderful memories were made with Grandma and Grandpa Allen, Aunt Nina, Scott, John, and Sandy!

 but, alas, all good things must come to an end

Thanks for a good time, Destin!
As always, we're looking forward to next time!

P.S.  You can read about our other Destin trips HERE and HERE!