I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

5 Apr

what a day!

Hunter is finally a beach baby!!  She loved it and we couldn’t get her out.  The tide was low and she walked from one beach to the other.

We all walked over to the other beach and when we got there, Kirsten & Terrie found something suspect in the water.  They touched it with a shell and it “inked.”  Then we couldn’t find it again.  Just as we were leaving, they found it.  Curt was playing around with it trying to figure out what it was and it inked again … purple everywhere!  I wish I could get more than one photo on the blog … Turns out it was a sea cucumber.  The kids had a great time with that one!

After lunch, the ladies went over to the Four Seasons for some spa treatments …. ahhhhhh …

While I was “relaxing” in the relaxation room, I get a weird call from Taylor.  I asked if they were staying out of trouble.  Kind of was the reply, but she would tell me later.  We drove home and were met with pretty much everyone at the front step waiting to tell us what happened.

Turns out Curt was taking some of the kids down to the beach to fly a GIANT nemo kite (pix to come later).  He had Piper, Taylor, Hunter, Ana, Kirsten, Christina & Emily in the trunk of the van, still parked in the garage.  The kids left the trunk open and as Curt was backing out of the garage, the trunk hit the top of the garage door and shattered the glass everywhere on top of the kids.  Most were basically okay.  Piper was freaking out, but she really got the worse of it.  She has one gouge that is pretty deep and then a bunch of little cuts all over her legs.  Ana protected the baby, so she barely has any.  The other girls have scrapes and cuts over their legs.

I think the baby may be a bit traumatized … every time we walk past the area, she takes my hand, says “c’mon mama” and whispers “glass.”

Yikes!  Any stress that was massaged away, came back in an instant ….

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1 Apr

our day on the water

The weather continues to be great.  Some wind and just a touch of rain this morning … but plenty of sun to go along with it.

We took the boat out this morning across the bay to an island where the “big waves” are.  With the wind as strong as it is, the waves were huge and the kids had a blast.

Hunter isn’t much of a beach girl … “no beach, no beach” … but we’re working on that.

P.S. we forgot to put Piper’s tooth under her pillow last night, so tonight’s the night.  She’s too excited!

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30 Mar

greetings from exuma …

I’m backing up here from the beginning … The girls get two weeks for spring break and we usually take the first week somewhere (Mexico is our favorite), and then the second week in the Exuma house (because Curt’s sister has it the first week of spring break).

This year we’ve invited our friends to the Exuma house for the second week and weren’t sure what to do for the first week.  The Maki family were going to stay at the Four Seasons on the island for the first week, so we decided to spend our week there too.

We arrived the day after Easter to rain, wind and a forecast that looked grim for the week ahead.  The photo above of Hunter was when we first arrived … the hotel had the girls names spelled out in little sponges, along with a little stuffed animal for each of them.

The weather on our second day was “iffy” … no sun, very windy and cold.  The sun came out for our last hour at the pool and burned us all (minus Curt & Hunter) to a crisp!

The rest of the week brought us sunshine and tons of pool time!  I’m so amazed at how far Wynter has come in her swimming skills … this is officially the first trip we’ve taken that I can say she is an independent swimmer.  Pretty cool …

This afternoon we moved over to the house, just in time for appetizers and dinner!  It’s so relaxing to be here.  The Dudleys & Beckers will join us tomorrow.  Odinn gets in tomorrow too (he missed his flight today), and Skye comes in mid-week.

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