Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Back from Vacation!

Well, we made it back from Florida safe and sound. Home Sweet Home!

I am so excited because today I was featured on Creative Parties and Showers for Theresa's brown and yellow baby shower! Go here to see it! There are tons of cool parties there.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Vacation - Part 4

Whew, we've been having more fun! Thursday we visited the manatees at Homosassa Springs. Olivia listened intently to the entire presentation as she is concerned about the manatees.

Yesterday we visited the beach again in the morning. That afternoon we went to Lowry Park Zoo. At 5:00 all of the rides were free, so our first
stop was the camel ride. I couldn't imagine riding one of these for days on end in the desert! The kids had lots of fun and were completely worn out by the time we left!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Vacation - Part 3

Trying to catch fish at Sunset Beach.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vacation - Part 2

Today we visited a small aquarium in Tarpon. The kids were able to pet small sharks, sting ray, and a turtle. Daniel even pet a python! We saw a shark feeding show and an eel feeding show.
After that we rode on a neat Greek Sponge Diving Boat. The guy wore the old style diving suit. He dove down and found a sponge. Neat!

We let the kids and Memaw and Pepaw's new dog, Bruiser, play at a playground tonight - to run off steam!

A Little Vacation Part 1

The kids and I are visiting my dad in Tarpon Springs, FL. We are having a fun time and we are just a couple of days into the week.

Sunday we went to the Clearwater Aquarium where we saw rehabilitated dolphins and sea turtles. One of the dolphins, Winter, doesn't have a tail fin. She learned to swim differently but has a prosthetic fin she wears once a day in physical therapy. Visit her at

Uncle Ben is at dad's for a few days. He took us Monday to Clearwater to visit with Cousins Shellie (who flew down with us), Larry, Beau, Alex and Julia. We swam at the pool, played at the beach, went on a dolphin boat, played at a playground, ate pizza, and I think I got a Christmas Card picture of the kids at the beach! We were worn out.

On the boat ride, the kids got to "drive" the boat. And feed the seagulls.

We miss you, Jeff!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Calendar that "Works for Me"

Last summer I spent about a week searching for the "ultimate" calendar for home and work. I stumbled upon many different variations of the mom/family calendar, but one really stuck out.

I bought my first MomAgenda a year ago June in St. Louis on sale for $5. The calendar ran out in December, but I wanted to see if it was worth the money.

I ended up LOVING the layout - you have room
for your daily calendar PLUS spaces for up to 4 other people/projects/etc. As you can see from my photo, I use mine for Olivia, Daniel and Jeff. There is also a space at the bottom to plan meals for the week, OR just see if you are feeding your family the same thing over, and over, and over!

My wonderful brother-in-law, Steven, picked up a new calendar for me last August, so I could start the new school year off the right way! I have loved this calendar all year and have already purchased and began filling in birthdays and the school calendar in my new one.

I purchased the refill calendar for $23, which also comes with an address book/important info section separate. The nice cover thingy the company offers was a little pricey for me, so I picked up one at Wal-Mart that works great. I hot glued two ribbons in the cover - one to mark the monthly calendar and one to mark the weekly calendar.

So, if you are looking to get off on the right foot this coming up school season, check out the MomAgenda! (I do not work for this company!) Also, check out We Are THAT Family for more great tips!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Doodle Bugs Paper

Some of you have liked the address stamp I use. I ordered it from Doodle Bugs Paper and she is having a contest - go here and leave a comment. Mention me and we both receive a $20 gift certificate!

Saturday, July 4, 2009