Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Swimming....

Yes, it's been a while since my last post. We have been enjoying, for the most part, a great start to our summer vacation.


Swimming...yes, WE.ARE.SWIMMING.IN.OUR.POOL!! Freestyle pools hooked us up!! The first tractor was here May 24th and we were swimming in our pool June 19th, one day earlier than we planned! We have also been swimming at the beach, Weeki Wachee Springs with the Girl Scouts, and Adventure Island...my kids are REALLY tan right now!!

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Swimming...we have been swimming in VBS (two actually, one at our church and one at a friend's mom's church) The kids had a blast!! We have two more planned for the end of July as well!

Swimming...we have been swimming in birthday celebrations with family and girlfriends for a special little six year old of mine. (Yes, I NEED to go out and do a birthday session with her, as the only time I've taken pictures is in the pool or a bathing suit!!)

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The cake after Sammy got a little taste :-)

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Mallory's birthday party with her friends was this past Saturday at the ice skating rink at the mall. Yes, that's where we have our June birthday parties in Florida! I was a little hesitant to have the party there with everyone just being 6, but those girls had a good time!


At first, everyone was kind of scared, only holding Daddy's hand or the outside rail...

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Then they got a group lesson. I strongly suggest getting a lesson!!

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They learned how to brace themselves and how to fall!!

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Swimming...unfortunately, we have been been swimming in prayer for a dear, dear friend of mine & her family who lost her youngest brother (who was only 28 years old) 2 weeks ago suddenly. I am still praying for strength for them and to find the answers that they are looking for the cause of his death. We are also swimming in prayers for my dear, sweet husband tomorrow as he is having a colonoscopy. Praying that it's just something easy to fix, that would be the BEST birthday present ever. ***UPDATE*** Nate is JUST FINE!!! He just needs some changes to his diet :-)

Swimming...I have been swimming in fabric, thread, patterns, etc. for some extra special custom orders. Yes, the extra money is nice, but I'm in a little over my head!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Official End of Kindergarten!!

How could we go from this....

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To this....

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In just a short 180 days of school? Mallory is officially a first grader now. Her last day of school was Wednesday. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished this year...starting at a school with none of her preschool friends, she rode the bus the first day of school too, she went from reading simple beginner books to reading chapter books, she can tell time, knows basic addition and subtraction, got rave reviews from her teacher on all of her report cards, and she played soccer, gymnastics, tennis and swimming !!

Let the summer fun begin! Tomorrow is the start of our church's Vacation Bible School. The theme is Galactic Blast! We had a "blast" decorating today after church. The kids will be amazed at how we transformed the Fellowship Hall in to a command center and the Narthex in to outer space!! I'm the craft leader all week. This is my first time volunteering so it should be fun!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Pool Process

When we started on our journey to having a pool in our backyard, there was always one date in the back of our mind that we wanted it ready for, June 20th, Mallory's 6th birthday. Never did I think we would be able to make that date, considering they starting taking the tree roots out on May 24th. Look how far we've come!

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Yes, that's a gigantic dump truck and an excavator in my yard....(and a very excited little boy watching the action!)

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Here it is after they dug the hole and got the forms ready. Since we live so close to the beach, they had to have water pumps running for a few days to keep the water from seeping in. My poor neighbors yards were flooded!

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Big transformation here... They had to remove all of our bushes from behind the pool to get the truck back there to level the dirt, run the electrical and plumbing.

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Do you really want to know what our wood floors look like after Sammy runs through this a few times a day?

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And here we are today!! They are going to start laying the travertine Thursday and the Pebble Tec should be done next week. All that will be left is WATER!! (and some serious landscaping :))

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