Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Myrtle Beach, Day 1

We had such a great time in Myrtle Beach with friends! We didn't get away until around 7 that Friday evening and got in around midnight but luckily our friends our night owls and didn't seem to mind. 

The kids didn't sleep 4 in a row but I had to get a pic of them all laying side by side! I asked Alex if he was happy to be at the beach and he said he was happy to be at the beach but not happy to be in a bed with three girls haha! 

 Our friends had a yummy breakfast for us Saturday morning!

After breakfast we headed to the heated pools! Indie Grace went right in, all by herself, right after I put her puddle jumper on! I'm so glad! The past couple summers have been crazy with her sensory issues but by the end of last summer she was doing amazing! I had been a little worried that we might have to start all over this summer but looks like she's a little fish for life! I hope so! 

 Izzy had a lot of fun too!

I just love the "3" in the pic since Indie Grace is three ha! She loved playing on the steps with her little buckets. 

The big kids LOVED the water slides! I think they could've stayed all day! Izzy actually went down with my friend twice and then (I was shocked!) but Indie Grace wanted to go down with my friend too. I couldn't believe it! She hit her head at the end when she was standing up so she didn't want to go again but I was so impressed that she wanted to go at all! She loves our friend so much that she only wanted to go with her and not with me. Haha! 

After the pools we went back up to the condo for lunch then headed down to the beach. It was freezing on Saturday but the kids had fun looking for shells, shark teeth and building sand castles.

We didn't stay on the beach for a super long time Saturday. We came back after an hour or so for naps and quiet time while J and Gabby ran to Wal-Mart for stuff to make tacos and a few other things. J made the best tacos for dinner that evening!

This is the view from the our friends' window.. looking to the left a bit! Such a beautiful view to wake up to!!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Hello Monday

I'm linking up with Hello Monday today!! A lot has happened since I blogged last!

Last weekend (March 8-10) we went to the beach with friends! It was a short trip but so much fun and much needed after a long winter. The weather on Sunday was absolutely perfect! I'll post more pics in the next few days.

Our washing machine broke, mid cycle, a few hours before we left for the beach. I had to leave a full load of clothes sitting in water while we were gone. We bought a washer the day we got back from the beach but just got it hooked up on Saturday (almost a week later) because we've been so busy. The girls and I went to the laundry mat Tuesday and washed/dried four huge loads of laundry. Indie Grace was excited to help push the clean laundry to the car. :) I'm so glad to have a washing machine again! You don't know what you miss until you don't have it.

The girls and I went to McDonalds for lunch on Friday. This expression sums up Izzy so well! She's so mischievous.

We finally got new bikes for both big kids!! They're so excited! They actually both taught
themselves how to ride a bike in one day this past weekend! I feel bad that it took us so long to 
get them bikes but glad we didn't wait any longer. I know they'll have so much fun on them this summer! 

Izzy was just accepted into a dual immersion program for kindergarten at a local elementary school! 
We're so excited! I plan to start Gabby on Dualingo this week! J and I both wish we had started teaching the kids Spanish when they were babies. We really have no excuse. Spanish is J's first language and I speak quite a bit myself but for some reason (pure laziness) we've never taught the kids. I've also started on Dualingo for review this past weekend and really want to commit to using the Spanish I know around the kids consistently. 

Indie Grace (3) loves falling asleep in her new bed! Of course I have to lay down beside her to get her to fall asleep but she's been sleeping in her bed about the half the night the past several nights. I'm so proud of her! Meanwhile, Izzy (5) has yet to fall asleep on her new top bunk! She still insists on sleeping in our bed. We've going to take the bunk bed apart and have twin beds side by side instead. Hopefully Izzy will be more open to sleeping in a twin bed next to Indie Grace.

Alex's is usually one of the last ones to be picked up from school every afternoon and he's usually sitting here on bench, reading a book, when I pull up. I love that the older two kids are such bookworms! I hope Izzy and Indie Grace will love to read as much as Gabby and Alex do.

Our calendar is filling up with all the spring activities! Alex went to archery Saturday with his Trail Life group then had his first baseball practice of the season. Gabby has a lock-in coming up with her American Heritage Girls group next weekend. The following weekend all three girls have a dance recital. We have a camping trip, field trip, soccer and more coming up. It's busy but I love this time of year! Spring always puts me in a great mood!

I'm sure my this post might be all kinds of confusing to my regular readers, sorry lol! (I have ADD.. don't even ask. I confuse myself. Ha!) I decided to combine my new blog back with my more established old blog. I also have a new url. There are tons of old posts here. If you go back far enough you'll probably get even more confused because I think I've given my kids all sorts of random nicknames through the years ha! I plan to evidentially go back, edit and uses the same names though out. We're currently using variations of middle names. My girls have 2 middle names each. Gabby was Mar on my latest blog but said she wants to be known as Gabby around here instead. Izzy was Sol but wants to be called Izzy. We actually call her Izzy at home occasionally so that makes more sense anyway. I just asked Indie Grace what name she wanted me to use for her and she said "Minnie Mouse" hahaha! I kept giving her other suggestions but she insisted she wanted "Minnie Mouse". Ha! So funny!! I don't think I'll be using that though. Read more about my kids here if you're still confused. Seriously I plan to stick with this blog, this url and these nicknames long term. Please bare with me and please follow me here. I will follow back.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hello Monday

I'm so excited that all the trees are blooming! It's starting to look a lot like spring! I love seeing this tree right outside the window above the front door. It's been raining a lot and it's pretty cold today but we've had a few sunny and warmish days so it's starting to look and feel more like spring! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

A little late but I'm linking up to What's Up Wednesday today! 

1. What We’re Eating This Month…

We just got an Instapot and my husband has been trying it out the past few days. I just picked up this cookbook today and want to make something in it myself soon!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hello Monday

Please enter my giveaway.. there's just a few hours left! This is my first giveaway on this blog. I'm a little rusty so hope I'm doing it okay but there are three, very easy mandatory entries. Please do all three to enter. 

Keep in mind even if you don't have a baby or baby on the way these are great, gender neutral items that would make a perfect baby gift for someone else! Thank you so much!! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Nettles Notions Review & Giveaway!!

I'm so excited to host my first giveaway on this blog! 

Nettles Notions sent me an adorable Baby Bear Knit Hat and a pair of Cartoon Animal Slippers to give away to one lucky reader! Both items would be perfect for either a baby boy or baby girl! Even if you don't have a new baby of your own these would make a perfect baby gift for someone else!