Monday, August 4, 2014

The Downside of Living at the Beach

Hello there, friends!! I know, I know. It's been a while. I'd like to think that we're one of those good friends that even though there's no communication between us in a while, we can pick up right where we left off. So, let's pick up, shall we?

This summer we've spent quite a bit of time at the beach. For a little while, we rented a condo right by the water. Sounds wonderful, right? Well, truth be known, living at the beach has its downfalls.  

Let me break it down for you. First off, be prepared to sweep EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Sometimes twice a day! No matter how much you and your little ones rinse off before going in the house, that sand mysteriously creeps right on in. 

Second of all, sunscreen. Figuring out the right SPF is a tricky thing. You want to tan, but not burn. Is SPF 50 enough or perhaps 60 or even 100?! Then what about the face? Should it be higher or lower than what you use on your body? So many decisions! Also, you might as well buy stock in sunblock because you'll be buying tons of it.

Thirdly, ... uh... um.... Ok, that's all I got. The truth is that what ever "negative" point I could make about living by the beach, when it comes down to it, it's pretty darn fantabulous! 

Sunrises/sunsets never get old.

Coffee tastes a little richer.

Ice pops are more refreshing.

Games are a lot more fun when the ocean is your backyard.

You didn't really think that living at the beach would be awful, did you? ;)
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Friday, February 14, 2014

My Thoughts on Valentine's Day

I got a text from a friend earlier today that read, "I'm thankful for friends, who when I reach out to them, always know exactly what to say!!" She went on to say, "Thank you!! I love you!!"  

To me, that's what Valentine's Day is all about. Reaching out to our loved ones. The people in our lives that make a difference. The ones that you wouldn't want to be without. 

It's about taking one day out our hectic lives to slow down and tell the people that matter that we love them, appreciate them, treasure them. 

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!   

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

From Our Family to Yours!

We wish you the merriest Christmas and happiness in the upcoming year!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

His Giving Heart

This boy. He has a way of pushing my buttons. The boy with the big mouth, that often gets him in trouble, has an even bigger heart. 

Earlier this month the boys were making their letters to Santa. Sun Kissed Boy #1 didn't make one. I assumed it was because he knows that Santa gets a little help with gift giving. Wink, wink. I assumed wrong. I asked him what he wanted for Christmas and what he said surprised me. He didn't want anything for himself. Instead, he wanted to buy canned food to donate to an organization that helps the less fortunate. 

I don't know why it surprised me so. In the past, he has given me money from his piggy bank to donate to several charities, he has spent time volunteering to help feed the elderly, and he helps his grandma to no end. 

He's 11. I was never that giving at 11. I don't think I'm that giving even now. I thought maybe when the weeks passed the excitement from his brothers of gifts would be contagious. But he never changed his mind. 

He pushed a grocery cart and filled it with items until it added up to the amount Sun Kissed Husband and I would have spent on his presents. 

I found a local church that had a pantry kitchen and accepted donations. We took our bags and because giving can be infectious, a friend from work gave us canned goods to donate as well.

When we left, I asked him why he wanted to do what he did. His answer made me thankful for his giving heart. "Mom, I have everything I need. Of course there's things I want. But I don't need it as much as they need it."

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Lounging in Their PJs

A few weeks back, I headed to The Children's Place to shop for Christmas photo card outfits for the boys. Then we got a cold front. When I say cold, I defined it as cold to South Florida standards. It was in the upper 60s... ok, maybe it was the low 70s. 

By the time I got to the store, my mind was on cozy and snuggly. I ended up buying jammies instead. :) That's what we've been hanging out in all week. 

Turns out jammies are great to wear while we bake cookies, ...

drink hot chocolate, ...

lounge, ...

read, ...

oh, yeah, and sleep. 

Hope you're enjoying your 'winter' break as much as were are. :)

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