Summer Bucket List Challenge

Erg  I wrote an awesome list of 22 items and then lost it!  This list is pretty similar, I think, but I’m sure as soon as I post it I will remember a few fabulous ideas!

Our family has joined The Happy Family Movement’s Blog for their 2013 Summer Bucket List Challenge.  It started last Monday and due to this sleepy head I neglected to post about it until now.  In fact I haven’t posted anything in a week-loser! The good thing is we were able to knock one thing off this holiday weekend.

This list was difficult because we are an active family so Steve and I tried to come up with a list of stuff we have not done as a family or the girls haven’t done at all.

I am super excited about this!!!  We all are excited since it was a collaborative effort to create.

So here we go!  Our summer bucket list challenge!  Join if you dare:)

  1. Go camping
  2. Ride bikes without training wheels
  3. Make dairy free doughnuts
  4. Teach the girls to boogie board
  5. Ride the Ferris wheel- the big one on the board walk
  6. Make and fly a kite
  7. Take girls kayaking/canoeing
  8. Watch a show at Freeman Stage
  9. Take a family road trip
  10. Stay for an entire baseball game
  11. Catch fireflies
  12. Get the girls involved with clamming
  13. Go to an ice cream parlor that has dairy free ice-cream
  14. Take the girls jet skiing
  15. Go fishing for reel (see what I did there?)
  16. Visit GG
  17. Build a fire and make s’mores
  18. Volunteer at one of the Humane Society Events
  19. Early morning bike ride on the board walk
  20. Picnic and hiking at Pemberton

As I mentioned we knocked off good ol’ boogie boarding.  I was shocked at how easy the girls got the hang of it but then again their cousins take them “surfing” all the time.

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And one last bonus photo; little L being brave and touching the, very alive, horseshoe crab.  This is going to be a great summer!



Is Your Partner this Awesome?

This weeks topic is “ten ways my partner’s awesome” donated by The Bonny Bard and I love it!

This is so great because it’s so easy to overlook all the amazing things you fell in love with about your partner.

1-As I write this I am packing for a cruise that we are going on for 7 days.  We are going on this cruise because my husband busts his a** every day to provide for his family to the point that he was ranked in the top 5 out of 28,000 sales reps and he earned this trip (2).

3-He is amazing because he can literally build or fix anything; ANYTHING!  He built a dog house, our fence, the deck, a pond for our turtles, and on and on.

4-He is an amazing father to our girls:

  • When the girls were just 3 weeks old he walked in the house and said he lost his job; they were closing up shop.  He went out and got a job knocking doors, selling cable to put food on our plates.   Worst job in the world but he did it, successfully for two years.
  • He will hold his girls until his arm falls asleep and then hold them some more.
  • He rushes home to be with us instead of heading out for happy hour with the boys.

5-He is as big an animal lover as I am:

  • He stops when I frantically yell because a turtle or stray dog is wandering around the street,  he chases  and catches  them and moves them to safety
  • He has found, I think seven, lost dogs in our neighborhood and found their owners in a rather short amount of time.  But once he walked the streets knocking on doors for 5 hours.  We kept the little guy snuggled up in our garage and the next day he drove him to all the vets until he finally found its owner.

6-He learned to say beautiful in Arabic when we were on vacation and wouldn’t tell me what it meant but called me it all weekend.  Why Arabic? It was the only language besides Spanish anyone knew to tell him.

7-When I had the girls he put a mini fridge next to my bed and stocked it with Gatorade’s

8-He spent three hours trying to shovel out the old man who got stock in a snow storm

9-He built a swing and hung it at our reception site for me to swing on in my gown.  Brides for 10 years had their pictures taken on that swing until it finally gave in to the pressures of Mother Nature.

10- Lastly for our first anniversary he took me to dinner and then we drove by our reception site; which was in the middle of the woods in a big old boat house.  As we got there a table for two was set with candles, wine, flowers and cheese.  We sat under the porch roof and watched a huge storm roll by.  It was amazing!


I think every person should make a list like this to hold onto when times are tough.   I tease Steve all the time with his messiness even to the point of creating Damn-it Steve but my world would be quiet and boring without him.

Thank you Stasha for posting this while I am away and thank you BonnyBard for the amazing topic!

Cheers to Monday Listicles!

Swimming in December?

I woke up yesterday to little girls who were half naked because they were hot during the night.  Well no wonder, the evening air never dropped below 50 and the day called for 70.  WHAT?! In December!

Well you know what this means; a trip to The Cove.  Seeing as though I have been a horribly cranky woman due to lack of sleep I thought this would be a great way to spend the day.  I also needed to get some pictures for TurtleGurlz so I will knock two2 birds out with one stone.

After October’s crazy weather spurts I didn’t think we would top it but apparently allowing 2 little angels to stick their feet in the water would seem pretty innocent:

Which once my back was turned to photograph some scarves turned into this:

Oh well.  It was rather entertaining because as they would run out of the water, due to the chilly temperature, one would inevitably fall and the look on her face when her chest hit the water and she lost her breath was awesome!  I had tears streaming down my face.  They couldn’t even yell, just gasps were leaking out.

They had a great time.  We were able to get lots of pictures, lots of running and swimming, we even found a seashell.  H fell asleep as soon as she got in her car seat and L, never tiring, danced to Christmas music all the way home.

Lastly you know it’s a great day when this is what you have to do…..

Happy December!!!!!!!


And A Wedding It Was

We recently went to a kick butt wedding at Lighthouse Sound with dear friend’s friend; one couple had to bale last minute due to some lame surgery excuse and the hubby of my buddy had to travel for business.  They all sounded like weak excuses but non-the-less Steve, KT and I went and had a blast.

I didn’t bring my camera, big mistake because the place was gorgeous.  First off as you walked into the “venue” you were handed an orange crush in a very cool party favor jar (number 1).  KT and Steve got their fill; too sweet for me.

KT, being the thief that she is, managed to swindle enough for both of our families to enjoy.  My family of four certainly enjoys our fruit shakes in these!  Even better is that the girls have learned the art of washing dishes because of these lovely gifts.  I use “learned” very loosely there.

Let’s see, during the wedding KT and I enjoyed enough orange crushes and wine to fill a ship full of drunken pirates for a year.  Moving on the next best part, aside of the wedding being on the water, was the candy and coffee stations (party favors 2 and 3).  That came in particularly handy bribing the girls and when I ran out of coffee.

I would have to say that while my absolutely favorite part of the wedding was the delicious chocolate fountain complete with all fruits and Rice Krispy Treats, I would have to say KT’s favorite part was daring me to lick the ice luge.

I will not comment any further on that but a picture is floating around….somewhere.  Steve’s favorite part was watching two kid-free idiots get hammered and constantly be on a different page with every conversation.

Oh well, one for the books, when you get out you get out!  Congratulations Kelly and Greg, it was a beautiful wedding!

Playground Search

Gonna get'cha

The girls and I are in search of the best playground in the area.  We started this journey yesterday and I figure it’s a great way to build up as well
as keep the girls entertained.  Today was a fun day because, as usual, we had the playground all to ourselves that is until 2 cars full of men pulled up.  Now when I
see that there are no basketballs in their hands and the rap is blaring I get super nervous.  It’s my nature to be a nervous Nelly, it’s amazing I do as much with the girls as I do ha-ha.  Anyway I scooped the girls up and said we have to go.  Once we got closer I realized, with a huge pit of embarrassment and feeling of awfulness, it was the
local special center taking a rest stop on their journey out and about.  UGH Well they were all very sweet and the girls and I talked to them about the holidays and how excited we are for Christmas.  Lesson, be aware of your surroundings but wear your glasses when doing so!!

Tip o’ the Day: read this on PBS site- build memory by looking at 5 or 6 objects, having your child close her eyes, remove an object, then ask her which object is missing.

Who is going to win?!