• Beach Day

    Finally getting around to posting these beach pictures from a few weekends ago. Here they are! Destin, FL. It was cold all weekend so we didn’t get to really swim but that didn’t stop everyone from getting a sun burn. Except me who was wearing a long black skirt and black sweater. At the beach.

    The Flying V! Quack quack quack. 

    Tiny little clams. 

    She dug out a hole to put them all in. And then the water came…

    This picture…my #1 super duper photography pet peeve is slanty horizons. *Especially* at the beach where it’s SO obvious. But I love this picture and straightening it out would have cropped it and I didn’t want that. So I’ll just cringe and try to focus on L and not the background.  

    Just realizing now that it looks like TF is peeing here. Really he’s just holding his shorts up so they don’t get wet. 

    The day before this we went out to walk the beach a bit and there was a pod of dolphins swim jumping not too far out. Of course, no camera. I was really hoping they’d come back this day but all I got were boats. 

    I really can’t believe I only took real photos one time in the 3 weeks. What!? Who am I kidding. I suck at using my camera lately (lately being since I got an iphone in 2012.) One day I really will do better. Maybe.

  • Bike Riding

    So, Layla got a new bike from Santa this Christmas! She had a bike before we went to Korea. We even took it with us but she never rode it there and rarely rode it while we were here before. It had training wheels and she was small…and thats where it ended. Fast forward….we get to the rental house here in AL and are walking down the road to get L from school every day. Timmy got a bike. A tiny little one with training wheels. Since we’ve been back in our house the roads are a little hillier and he hasn’t rode his since May-ish.

    Where was I going with this? Im rambling. What I mean to say is…now both kids have bikes! Layla really wants to learn to ride a 2 wheel bike which is good because its too big for training wheels. She is so dead set on getting it and it’s exciting to watch her learn. Thankfully Thomas is a much better teacher than I am full of patience. I’m just here to take pictures.

    Both kids rode all over the yard yesterday afternoon. It was a good time and I used my camera and not my phone. Workin on that New Year resolution…that I make every year, haha.

    Setting her up and helping her balance as she takes off.

    And she’s off!

    Once she was doing pretty good in the yard we decided to try out the flatter road near us. Something easier to pedal on.

    It was a little scarier .

    She did pretty good for a minute

    And then she didn’t.

    Thankfully super dad was there and she didn’t fall. We decided to go back to the grass for a while.

    And then Timmy decided he was big too.

    Dude! He can ride a bike. Kind of…in a straight line. Down hill. But still! He’s my baby.

    He got some help back up the hill

    And then decided he wanted his training wheels back.

    And then he was good just watching L

    And the moon. Because why not.

    So proud of both of those kids! They were back out today riding in the yard. Layla figured out how to get going and balanced on her own without anyone to steady her first. She’s really excited to get to where she can ride to school. Hopefully soon!

  • Christmas 2014

    The big Christmas post!

    We are back in Alabama this year and it’s nice to catch up where we left off in 2011. After opening presents here we went and did our big Christmas breakfast with our stand in Alabama family. It’s good to be back with them when we cant be near our biological family on the west coast.

    Anywho, surprisingly I was the first one up today. And thankfully I didn’t feel like I was dying. I’ve had the flu this last week and got better just in time for Christmas! Once T and I got up we woke up the kids and headed out for presents.

    Stockings first.


    Then the kids gave each other a gift. Layla was so sweet. She knew Timmy only had a couple Pokemon cards while she had hundreds. She took out all the ones she didnt want/need and threw in some good ones too so she wasn’t just giving him all of her junk cards.
































    Merry Christmas!


  • We’re back!

    Finally! We all got together, in nice clothes (aka I changed out of my stretchy pants) and we took a family picture on our front steps. This was definitely something I was looking forward to doing again when we moved back here. Even though I’m always looking for my dream house that we wont actually move into for years…I do love our little house. It’s good to be back in it.

    First, a front step photo recap…

    2008 – Our first year in the house

    2010 – 3rd year. Added a Timmy.

    2014 – We’re back!

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