Thursday, May 28, 2009

Truly Redneck

It's official. We are a true Red-Neck Family. Now complete with an old tire the children found at the bottom of the hill... this will someday be a beautiful backyard. Maybe the tire can be a tire swing??? :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

One more, I promise~

Just one last vacation post, I promise! :)
If you're looking for a sandy, white, affordable beach get-away~ check out Madeira Beach/John's Pass. You can park your car and forget about everything else~ And if you happen to homeschool, you can spend the week on a virtually empty beach- yay!!
Across the street is Bubba Gump's Shrimp Restaurant, along with a boardwalk and tons of restaurants and shopping! And we all LOVE shopping, right Tony?? You might even see a rainbow or two! A bit longer down the road, you'll find Anna Maria Island-- BEAUTIFUL!!
Don't forget a gecko-- Daddy, Jacob and Elisha's quest was to catch at least one. I think they traumatized this poor guy.
Just a few parting sandy pictures~
This is how Jacob spent his afternoons-- quite literally~
And by the end of the day he had enough!
Until next time...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lest We Forget

Wishes of a Happy Memorial Day to you all! Stay safe, have fun, and welcome summer~ and let's not forgot why we have our freedom to do so~
Thank you to all who have, and are still serving our country~
Freedom does come with a price and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts~

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

lessons learned from ocean lifestyle

There's just something peaceful about the waves of the ocean. Definitely something I could get quite used to!

Along with the peaceful atmosphere, comes many little lessons:

1. The sun can and will burn little one's skin right through T-shirts! And make Mommy feel REALLY bad!

2. Sting Rays can hurt you.
3. Clams are slimy, ugly, and quite stinky! They really should not be allowed in living headquarters. (ahem Mark) 4. Kilwin's is just as evil as mini-Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Eggs.
5. It is possible to fall asleep while quenching your thirst.
6. Vacationing with 4 little ones is as adventurous as swimming with the sharks. (Haven't done it, but I'd imagine that would be quite adventurous.)
7. One really should pay heed to signs that say 'We advise choosing a cup for your ice cream as the birds tend to take cones from your hands.' 8. I'll not mention any names, but it REALLY ISN'T cool to wear those socks with those ocean rubbers! 9. You don't have to leave the continental U.S. to find crystal clear blue, green, turquoise water! WOW!
10. Most importantly, time spent with family and friends just can't be beat!! Thank you all!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

highlights -part 1

'White Sandy Beach' highlights--
I apologize for boring any of you, but I know some family members from a-far that wish to view some pictures which will be showing up in the next few posts :)

waking early to the full moon~
Introducing Captain Elisha~
and First Officer Jacob. But they didn't know Captain Lydia
and Co-Pilot Elizabeth were also sharing the tasks :)
Thanks Daddy for insider access to the cockpit!!

I know this is a bit short-- but too much to catch up with here on the homefront-- more picts coming in little chunks!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A new front yard...

... for a week anyway :)
...wonder what it would take to tranform our real front yard to this... ah yes-- that lottery that we have to win :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009


The good news--- the ocean is our front yard for a few days! :) Bad news-- hubby didn't tell me the camera card doesn't fit his laptop, and I didn't bring a cord :( So----- pictures are a'comin'! Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's out there!!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hubby Strikes Again

Not sure just what it is with Mark and plants, but a green thumb he is not. He has every good intention-- but oh, those poor living creatures.... His latest victim:
We planted a row of these lovely grasses, and heard that you should/could burn off the dead stems in the spring. That's great, and it worked great. Except that Mark decided he needed to pour gasoline on them to accelerate the flames. Here's a scientific lesson for all... gasoline and plants don't mix. That's why this poor little thing only has but a few stems. They are the one's that escaped his fury. Hubby's claim: "hey- there's still green and that means it's still alive!" AGHHHH!!!!! I really do love you.....

Now, onto our remodel saga----
The roof is coming along just fine. We are water-proof and that's a good thing. But, the back of the house is still wrapped with pretty blue tarps-- and the front almost done. The joke around here is: "only we can have a little roof that should take one day to take off, and one day to put on, and here we are almost 2 weeks later.... with rain forecasted every day this week yet again" :)
But-- progress is progress!! :)