Saturday, June 29, 2013

2013 Summer Bucket List in progress...

So this year, we joined in on the summer bucket list mania, and made one of our own. We tried to stay away from adding the things that we normally do anyway, like go to the pool, or go to the beach, or park & picnic with friends, etc... I say "we" made a list, however it was really just the kids and I (but mostly the kids). Bryan's only contribution was that he did not want to "melt", as in standing outside playing putt-putt, just to say we did...

It's a work in progress, this list, in that we keep coming up with ideas of things to add. Even if we only get around to completing half of it, I love just being purposeful in our days. I don't want to be sitting here at the end of August, and wonder where the summer went.

If you have a bucket list for the summer feel free to add some of it in the comments section below. I'd love to know what you'll be up to, and I might shamelessly copy some of your ideas! 
Happy Summer!!

2013 Summer Bucket List…
-pick blueberries
-feed the ducks at our pond
-celebrate the end of school with a trip for Fro-Yo
-do fireworks and sparklers
-walk on the beach at sunrise
-go on at least one date with my husband
-eat lotsa watermelon (continuously)
-have a water balloon fight
-go swimming in the kiddie pool
-visit the splash pads in: Lake Mary, Sanford, DeBary
-have a family picnic dinner outside on blankets
-**Celebrate TEN YEARS of marriage!!**
-go to breakfast with friends
-host a brunch with friends
-make ice cream
-lie on blankets at night and check out the stars
-go for a nighttime walk with flashlights
-collect seashells
-watch the sun set
-go for a bike ride with Bella
-make a homemade apple pie
-family slumber party in the living room
-go to the library and stock up on summer reading
-go fishing
-make homemade popsicles
-make sand castles
-go to Gatorland
-go feed the peafowl babies
-dance in the rain
-sleepover at Grandpa Guy’s house
-go to Sal’s Italian Ice after dinner
-do an evening beach trip with friends

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ohhh, whadda week...

Saturday morning, I came downstairs, and Barkley was limping, completely not putting any weight on his back leg. I had to carry him outside to go to the bathroom, and back to his bed. He didn't want to hop anywhere. I checked him out, did every assessment I could thing of, and couldn't find anything amiss. No snake bites, no rocks in the paw, nothing bleeding or swollen, no movement that made him flinch or yelp. I finally just chalked it up to a pulled muscle.

Yesterday, three days later, he was still refusing to put weight on it, so we took him to the vet. It turns out that he has a torn doggy ACL. We are trying two weeks of anti-inflammatories, to reduce the pain, and see if anything changes, but the vet pretty much said that without surgery he won't be fixed. The surgery is expensive ($1500), and not guaranteed. In fact, she said if he jumps up to run after a squirrel, or up the stairs, or onto the rocks, the new fishing line ligament could snap, and we would be right back where we are now.

Ohhh, this dog is our friend. And I knew days like this would come eventually, but this just really stinks. For nine and a half years he's been our little protector and friend. And now he barely moves. I used to hold this guy like a little baby, before I had any babies of my own to hold. And now my heart is hurting. We've started preparing the kids for the various possibilities, and talked a little bit about putting him to sleep, and explained that dogs are different than people, and how sometimes the hardest decision is the right one, but that is such a hard concept for them to understand. Needless to say, this feeling of impending doom has slightly strained my thoughts.

This week we've been busy working on our Summer 2013 Bucket List, adding more things and crossing off a few. One of our list items was to go to Menchie's for Fro-Yo to celebrate the end of the school year.

And today we spent a good bit of time just playing and hanging out around the house. I did need to make a super quick trip to "War-Mart", so to make the shopping trip a little less painful, I let the kids take a shopping cart, a stroller full of plastic babies, and an alligator.

This one move may have saved my sanity for the day.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hodge Podge of Abundance.

So tonight I was reviewing some of my pictures from earlier this month, only to discover that I have a whole bunch of randomness, just waiting to be used in an "Abundance" post. So here it goes, my hodge podge list of random, wonderful, abundance in which I am immeasurably thankful for.
-Family fun and swimming pools.
We spent the evening swimming and grilling and eating a delicious dinner at Bryan's parents house. I love this picture of my crazy boy splashing his sister.

The following series of pictures is the anatomy of a cannon ball demonstrated by a grown man... It is best viewed in high speed sequence.


Ok, so whenever I actually want to post a video on this little blog, I have the most difficult time figuring it out, and almost always just skip it. For some reason, that series of separate pictures above have all joined together and made a video ON.THEIR.OWN. I have absolutely no idea how this happened below, and I'm finding it very strange. He just keeps going and going and going... And there is no play or pause or stopping him. It's almost as if the computer heard me say "It is best viewed in high speed sequence". Weird, right?!

 Anyway, we had a fun time.
-Our vegetables.
While our little urban garden is so far from the acre of wide open vegetable garden heaven that we dream of, we celebrate the veggies we harvest in the present. 

-Florida Sunsets.

-Florida Lightening Storms.

They haunt me. They are everywhere I go. I can not escape them. This must be part of motherhood...

Yes, I realize that some of these pictures are a few weeks old. You will realize this too, when you notice that both of my girls had long hair and Bella had an extra tooth in the pictures below...

"Bella, look! A tree frog! Let's catch it!"
"Ok, Grady!"

Brother to the rescue.

-Park & Picnic.
We've been doing a park and picnic play date at least once a week, and that is just good for moms and kiddos alike.

- Homeschool!
This week Bella finished 1st grade, and Grady finished Pre-K. We had some other homeschoolin' mamas and kids over for a little homeschool evaluation party, and managed to fit in some brunch and play time too. I actually really enjoyed this evaluation. A certified Florida teacher came to our house and reviewed Bella's portfolio including her progress reports, reading list, written work, graded tests, science experiments, art projects, etc... and then passed her to on to 2nd grade. Hooray!
This girl is a reading machine. She LOVES it. She recently adopted one of my old Bibles, and has been found reading it in her bed by flashlight after bedtime, and taking it in the car to read while we drive. That makes this mama smile.
-Food Truck Bazaar.
One Sunday evening, we got together with a bunch of friends and sat around in a parking lot talking and eating. That's just fun. I didn't manage to take any pictures of the grown ups, or the wide variety of delicious foods that we all ate, or of any of the fun trucks, but I did get a picture of my sweet mama entertaining the kids with her stories.

-Father's Day.
This weekend we headed to Melbourne to celebrate both Father's Day and my mama's birthday.
We did some playing, and swimming, and Maggie the Dorkie joined us in her little boat. What could be more fun than a dog in a box floating in the pool?

Oh, be still my heart. I love these sweet faces.

And my daddy, I sure love him too.
Happy Sunday to you!
 Have a great week!