Friday, July 12, 2019

ashli's girls trip to florida

Back in March, I went on a last minute trip with a friend, Viv and her friend, Soni, whom I hadn't met yet, to Jacksonville, Florida.  When Viv invited me, I was deep in the middle of my yearly "if I don't get some warm air and some sunshine on my face soon, there is no way I'm going to survive the rest of this miserable winter" phase.  So, a long weekend in Florida sounded like exactly what I needed.  
 Here are some of the highlights:
 We took a tour of a chocolate factory in St. Augustine.  I just have to say that whoever discovered that they could make chocolate from those weird, slimy beans, through all the steps it takes to turn it into chocolate must have been truly inspired.  And I'm super thankful for them!
 We thought it was hilariously cool to drive along A1A "beach front avenue" while listening to Ice Ice Baby.
 Even though we had more rain while we were there than we would have liked, that didn't stop us from having fun.  Even watching and listening to the waves in the rain was therapeutic.

 This huge plate of seafood was definitely a highlight of the trip!

 We watched this dolphin swimming in the river downtown for quite a while.  

The best part of the trip was the hours we spent at the beach.  It was so perfect!  We chatted, ate yummy sandwiches, relaxed, dipped out toes in the water, walked along the beach, and wished we could have stayed longer.  It was exactly what I needed to be able to go back to the freezing cold and survive the rest of the winter.  

 I was so happy to be able to take a trip with a good friend, to make a new friend, and to get a break from my everyday life, and to feel the sunshine for a few days!

snow fun!

This winter felt extra long for some reason.  We had a ton of snow and it was really cold for a really long time.  We tried to make the most of it though, and filled (some of) our days with fun things.
 I took Krew to paint a mug in February.  It was essential that we have something to put the gallons of hot cocoa in that we needed to consume during the cold winter months.  Anyone surprised that the mug he picked out was a bird??

 Krew loves this kind of activity, especially when it means he also gets some undivided parent attention while doing it.  He is painstakingly deliberate about projects like this, and I love to watch his process.
 We also spent a fair amount of time playing in the snow.  There was plenty of it, and I loved being in a stage of life where I could help bundle them up, send them outside, and watch them happily play in the cold white stuff, while I remain inside where it's warm!

 There were lots of days spent coloring a painting, and as a result, my house was completely filled with the most beautiful artwork, all winter long.

 We tried to find community activities that allowed the kids to run, jump, and play indoors to keep them from getting cabin fever.

 Everly and I got to go to Disney on Ice.  We both loved it!  

Monday, June 3, 2019

krew's funny dress-up days

I love when my kids have silly dress-up days at school.  
 This was on Krew's 100th day of school.  He was supposed to dress like a 100 year old.  I think he nailed it, don't you?

 Another day he was supposed to dress up as a favorite book character.  He was in the middle of flying through the Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series, so naturally he wanted to dress up as Ricky Ricotta, who happens to be a little mouse.  You might have to look closely to see the mouse on the robot's arm, but we both thought he looked just like him!

 And of course, the classic crazy hair day!
Also, I love that Everly loves to jump in and get her picture taken with Krew each time.  We'll have to see in a few years if she wants Krew in her pictures when it's her turn for silly dress-up days and the pictures are all about her :).

Saturday, April 27, 2019

summer 2018 family pictures

Okay, so I realize I'm super late in posting these family pictures that we took way back in August.  I didn't want to post them before I sent out Christmas cards, and then I got so behind, that I'm just now doing it.  Looking at these photos again reminds me that it's time to start planning this year's photo shoot.  We had these pictures taken when we were in Utah in August.  I really wanted to have some family pictures taken in the mountains.  I love the mountains and miss them every day.  I was so glad that we were able to make it work to do a photo shoot with them in the background.  
I have a friend here, who has a sister that lives out in Utah, who knows a ton about photography, who was kind enough to come help take these photos.  Some of the shots of the kids I took, and some she did, and of course the photos of our whole family wouldn't have worked without her.  It was so much better than the years I set up a tripod and try to take our family photos by myself!