Monday, April 26, 2010

Before and After Backyard Trees

I have to admit, getting rid of two gigantic trees the day before Earth Day wasn't ideal (we promise to plant two more after the construction is over).

Here's what our backyard looked like before last Wednesday. Please excuse all the weeds and overgrown grass!!

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Here's what it looked like Wednesday afternoon. Talk about a transformation!

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Our house feels about 10 degrees warmer now during the day now that all the shade is gone :-( I'm a little bit sad, but we all can't wait for the pool to start!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Springtime Friends

The schedule for phase 2 of the renovation has been pushed back a few days due to some things that had to be taken care of this weekend before they could start.

This is what we are hoping our backyard will look like in 6-8 weeks (except we won't have the views of the Gulf of Mexico)... This is the pool of one of the houses that Nate just finished over on the beach.

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In order to get it to look this way, we have a few HUGE trees that have to come out. The tree company is coming on Tuesday to take care of this, but we had to move some plants first.

This stag horn fern weighs about 400 pounds and it was hanging from one of the trees that is coming out. Nate had to bring his truck around to the backyard to move it to it's new home.

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We had another stag horn fern that was growing on the tree as well.

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When Nate went to pull it off, these little guys and their momma came crashing down with it!! The momma took off running towards the fence and the poor little ones didn't know what to do.

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This little guy kept trying to climb back up the tree to get to his home.

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This one was following momma's scent.

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And this one didn't know what to do...

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Eventually they all wondered back towards the fence and I'm hoping they found their momma!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Break - Turtle Park

Yes, Spring Break was a few weeks ago...

A friend of mine that has twin 6 year old boys that were in preschool with Mallory had a baby right before Spring Break, so a few of us took turns keeping the twins busy so Mom could get some rest and bond with her new precious little boy. I had never been to this park, so I decided today was the day!! It was chilly, but beautiful out! The turtles were everywhere trying to enjoy the sun.

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This little guy was very tame. He let the kids touch him (which I wasn't fond of, but I did cover them in antibacterial hand soap!!)

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They had a little machine that you could purchase some food tablets at, so the kids got to feed the turtles in the pond.
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We've got some BIG things going down (literally) tomorrow!! Be sure to check back for all the action!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Super Fun Weekend!!

My friends and I had a BLAST this weekend! The race was so much fun. There were over 2,000 participants total, about 1400 in the 5K that we were in. My time wasn't as good as the last race we were in, because there was so much bottle-necking for the first mile because of all the racers, we didn't really get to "run" until about 10 minutes in. I finished 279/1392 overall and was 58/255 in my age group.

Here is a fabulous picture that Iron Girl just sent out. Isn't our beach just beautiful. It's so peaceful first thing in the morning.

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After the race, we went back to a friend's house and had a nice breakfast, then hit the hotel pool for some sun and relaxation!! Our rooms weren't going to be ready until 3:00, so we rented a cabana by the pool. We had our own bathroom, couch, flat screen TV and wet bar for the whole day! It was definitely the way to go!

We had so much fun that we are planning our next race weekend getaway!! :-)

We've got an extremely busy week ahead. I can't share the details yet, but we've got the start of phase 2 of our renovation beginning!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Girls Weekend, Here I Come!!!

8 of my closest friends and I are running in the IronGirl 5K tomorrow morning at the beach. We decided to make a weekend out of it and stay at the new Hyatt that overlooks the beach. The weather is supposed to be perfect. I can't wait to relax by the pool all day without having to hear "MOMMY!"

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter Egg-stravaganza!!!

Warning!! Picture overload coming!!

I've taken some time off from the computer/blogging for the past few weeks to catch up on LIFE!! We have been so busy at the Matthews house!!

First, was Jack's Easter party at his preschool. They had a little egg hunt on the playground, then had a fun snack made to look like an Easter bunny!

Just so you know, the Matthews kids take their egg hunts VERY seriously (just like their mom)!! Lots of planning and strategy goes in to each hunt...

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Jack's first strategy was to cheat. He knew that I was the one hiding the eggs on the playground, so the first thing out of his mouth was, "Mom, tell me where you hid the eggs." When I wouldn't tell him, he just took off running as fast as he could. This is the only picture I caught of him!

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Back in the classroom for his bunny snack consisting of a little vanilla ice cream cup, 2 sugar wafers and some jelly beans!

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Then, that Saturday afternoon was the big Spring Festival at our church. My friend, Amy and I were in charge of the children's activities. We had a bounce house, a huge inflatable slide, a petting zoo, pony rides, the Easter Bunny, another egg hunt, and Fritz the one-man circus!

Jack getting his face painted as a bunny.

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Mallory planting a seed.

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Mallory and the Easter Bunny, aka Daddy :-)

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The kids were on Spring Break the whole week before Easter (which I will share soon), so they were off for Good Friday. We've had an annual egg dying/egg hunt party at my favorite park for 3 years now on Good Friday. This year was great, weather was perfect, about 70 kids and adults having a good time!! Everyone brings their hard boiled eggs and something to contribute to the party. I've accumulated about 500 plastic eggs, so the hunt is huge!!

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Jack on a mission (again!)

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Saturday was (gasp) ANOTHER egg hunt and a yummy breakfast at the yacht/beach club that we have joined for the summer. I grew up coming here with my grandmother almost everyday of the summer and on every holiday, so I'm so blessed that we have the opportunity to have our kids experience the same things.

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Mallory taking it VERY serious!! Look at that angle!

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My attempt to get the family to coordinate our outfits...

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Easter morning was a blur, as we had to be at church at 9:00 and the kids were still in bed at 8:15. We made it on time, with the kids bellies full of candy :-) My niece Morgan spent the night with us and joined us at church.

I love this picture of Mallory.

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After church, we let the kids play with their Easter goodies, then took the golf cart out to the bay to look for some fish and explore the nature trails. It was a perfect day!!

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